ERUP­TION CRE­ATES NEW GEO­THER­MAL FEA­TURES

Rotorua Visitor Guide - - News -

The youngest geo­ther­mal ecosys­tem in the world, atWaimangu, south of Rotorua, was cre­ated as a re­sult of the Tarawera erup­tion. Here you can take a self-guided walk or a guided eco tour and in­cor­po­rate a cruise on Lake Ro­tom­a­hana, where the fa­mous pink and white ter­races were be­fore the 1886 erup­tion of Mt Tarawera which de­stroyed them and cre­ated new geo­ther­mal springs. The val­ley is a pro­tected wildlife refuge, home to large num­bers of birds. From the vis­i­tor cen­tre you can take in the panoramic views of the val­ley and Mt Tarawera and marvel at na­ture’s cre­ation. Be­fore the erup­tion of 1886 the val­ley had no sur­face geo­ther­mal ac­tiv­ity but the erup­tion tore open craters, de­stroy­ing plant, an­i­mal and bird life and cre­at­ing new for­ma­tions such as Fry­ing Pan Lake, Cathe­dral Rocks and multi-coloured sil­ica ter­races. If you’re plan­ning to take your time wan­der­ing the val­ley take a snack with you and make sure you’re wear­ing shoes suit­able for walk­ing. There’s a bus you can catch at the jetty if you don’t fancy walk­ing all the way back and you can in­cor­po­rate a boat ride which will take you to the site of the pink and white ter­races, rem­nants of which have been dis­cov­ered un­der­wa­ter in re­cent years. For more in­for­ma­tion check out www.waimangu.co.nz

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