Rotorua, New Zealand, is probably best known for its awesome geothermal activity. This activity takes the form of erupting geysers, exploding mud pools, and steam coming out of the ground in strange locations including sewer drains, around stop signs, and from under manhole covers. The geysers were especially active on the day we visited because the cold weather intensified the steam stream as it erupted out of the ground.

Many of the thermal pools are located on the site of the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. If one can stand the strong sulphur smell, a soak in a hot mineral pool or a massage at the Polynesian Spa is a good way of relaxing.