Bubbting mud pools, geysers, hot springs and a rich Maori heritage make Rotorua an exhilarating hotspot for both tourists and adventure-seekers
It was a flight into beauty almost every inch of the way. White Island, a circular piece of land that sticks out of the South Pacific, that’s New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. There were dazzling sights to be taken in beautiful reds of Mount Tarawera-the site of the major volcanic eruption of 1886 that led to the destruction of the famed Pink and White Terraces on the shores of Lake Rotomahana that were considered one of the wonders of the natural world. The Pink and White Terraces were stepped hot springs that had become popular with the rugged European and American travellers who made it all the way to this part of New Zealand.the Bay of Plenty is 48km from White Island.
Volcanic Air, which owned the helicopter operates tourist as well charter flights from Rotorua including this trip which included landing on the island.
The first thing that hits you is the strong stench of sulphur. The boulders and stretches of rocky surfaces smeared here and there with glistening yellow sulphur -it was still fresh in some places. The crater floor, stepping between active steam vents or fumaroles,hot streams, bubbling mud pools and sulphur formations. “The land- scape here’s always changing as the volcanic activity constantly creates new features replacing old ones,”These beautiful birds nest and rear their young ones here this private scenic reserve is also accessible by boat. Trip to the volcanic island had been almost surreal. Second largest in New Zealand’s North Island and formed from a crater of a large volcano.
The hot thermal pools at the Polynesian Spa are ideal for a relaxing soak at the end of a tiring day.