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Whakarewarewa National Park full of vulcanic activities in Rotorua, a Thermal Valley where the geysers a smoking since 40000 years. The grounds belongs to the Rotorua Maori Centre.

Maori History:
The local Maori are the Te Arawa tribes. According to tradition, they came from the ancestral homeland of Hawaiiki in the Te Arawa waka (canoe) and settled at first on the coast. Their tohunga (high priest), Ngatoro-i-rangi, created the region's lakes by stamping his foot in the dry earth as he travelled inland to Lake Taupo and the mountains of Tongariro and Ruapehu. On the cold summit of Tongariro he was caught in a blizzard and called to his sisters in Hawaiiki to send him fire for warmth. It came under the sea and land, bursting out at White Island, Rotorua and Taupo before bringing the mountains to roaring eruption. It is this fire that still warms the land today.
(from my diary. Sorry, don't remember from which source I write it down)

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