Photographer's Note

Said to be the most concentrated area of geyser activity in the world, Geyser Flat at Whakarewarewa near Rotorua boasts 5 geysers, three of which are in partial eruption in this photo. On the left is Kereru (the wood pigeon), at an angle is Prince of Wales Feathers, and just spluttering to the right of Prince of Wales is Pohutu, the largest geyser in NZ. Pohutu regularly erupts to a height of over 20 metres - but not in this picture. The colours are a combination of algae and minerals found in the hot waters. True geysers are found in very few places on earth and differ from a hot spring by the fact that they are intermittent or sporadic. Water, deep beneath the earth's surface boils at a higher temperature than it does on the surface. As the boiling water finds fissures & heads towards the surface it flashes into steam force out cooler ground water creating the spectacular plumes of steam & water that are geysers.

The Maori name Whakarewarewa is the shortened version of: Tewhakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao which means 'The gathering place for the War Parties of Wahiao'

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  • Copyright: Neil Rawlins (Antipodean) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 94] (666)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-10-31
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/18.0, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-12-13 0:05
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