Te Puia Pōhutu Gyser Eruption

Te Puia is a popular tourist attraction located on the edge of Rotorua, New Zealand.  The complex is rich with Maori culture like the carving and weaving institute, model pre-European village and cultural performance as well as a Kiwi bird house. The 60 hectares of geothermal activity within the Te Whakarewarewa Valley was the highlight of the experience for me.

The Pōhutu geyser known to be the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser extending to a maximum of around 100 feet.  The Te Puia website states that it is the most reliable on Earth erupting about once or twice an hour.

Pōhutu Gyser Eruption - Te Puia

Views from top of the hill.

Ngā mōkai-ā-Koko is the largest active mud pool located in Te Puia stretching to a depth of 6-10 meters. The temperatures from steaming mud splatters are known to reach a scorching 200 degrees fahrenheit.