"Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, Rotorua." Rotorua Travelogue by worldkiwi
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Whakarewarewa has been Rotorua's premier visitor destination for many decades. Its most famous sight is the spectacular Pohutu Geyser, but it also has a good display of boliing mud pools, a kiwi house, and a Maori cultural institute. You can see cultural performances every day at 1215. You can also look around the carving institute and admire some fine craft work. If you've got a spare few hundred dollars you can even buy some woodwork! Entrance to the valley is $NZ19.95.
You cannot enter at Tyron Street anymore. Infact, the village at that end of the valley is a separate commercial entity now. You can see crafts there too and experience a hangi (traditional cooking event), but you won't have access to the thrermal attractions. My recommendation is to go to Whakarewarewa through the institute entrance.
This is the Ngamokaiakoko mudpool at Whakarewarewa.
This is the Ngararatuatara cooking pool. Food used to be boiled in this.
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