From mystical pools of bubbling mud to geysers bursting from the earth’s core, Rotorua is home to a fascinating assemblage of geothermal wonders, evidence of which can be smelt in the sulphur emitted into the air. Te Puia is also considered the cultural centre of the Maoris, New Zealand's indigenous population. Visitors have the chance to discover everything about their heritage, culture and traditions, as well as finding out interesting facts about their day-to-day lives (some still use the boiling water that rises from the ground for cooking!). We even managed to pick up a few words from the Maori language and, by the time we left, we genuinely felt like part of the Whanau (family).
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