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(Deutsch) Te Puia und Maori

Te Whakarewarewatanga O Te Ope Taua A Wahiao

Yes, and again it´s about volcanos! Okay, more about volcanic activities, a very interesting topic, if you ask me. No, really! But even more impressive than the volcano are geysirs. They are probably the most interesting thing I saw since I´m in New Zealand.

But first about the place: Te Puia is only the name, which is used for the park. The regions name is Whakarewarewatanga O Te Ope Taua A Wahiao. In the region there are Geysirs, Mudpools, and even a small village of Maori (native New Zealanders). It means ´the gathering place for the war parties of Wahiao´. Long name? Absolutely!

Volcanos, geysirs und mudpools

The former village was built in he crater of a volcano. And there are many mudpools in Whakarewarewatanga, which is shorter Term for Te Whakarewarewatanga O Te Ope Taua A Wahiao. The mud from this pools is used for masks. But you should probably not go and get it for yourself, because the Mudpools are very deep and the mud is like quicksand. Oh, and you would get burned. These pools are almost cooking!

But if you ask me, I would tell you thet the geysirs were the most interesting! I saw two of them. We saw the Pohute, which is after our guide the biggest geysir in the whole southern hemisphere. And the Prince of Wales Feathers-Geysir we saw too. If you see that one it is and indicator that the bigger one is errupting soon. The Pohuto-Geysir can get till 30 (!) meters high, by the way. The Prince of Wales Feathers-Geysir is only getting up till seven meters.


And then there are Maori. Whakarewarewatanga was not the onliest place where we saw things about Maori. We were at the waitangi treaty grounds too. These are pretty popular fields. There one of the most important treats in New Zealands history got signed. Between Maori and europeans. The fields are in the Bay of islands, which are pretty popular too.

Maori came too New Zealand in the 13th century from other pacific islands. They don´t have such a long history like (for example) chinese people, but they have their own language. And a very interesting culture! There are many dances, like the Kapa Haka, a war dance which is still performed by the All Blacks (New Zealands Rugbyteam) before theitr games. It´s very impressive. You should see it!

All the best, Jana


A special place.

Das bin ich in Wai-O-Tapu

Yes, it is a very special place! There it is very colorful! All the colours are made by minerals like iron or sulphur. The Ironoxide makes a red colour for example. There is a pretty popular picture of a lake with a red part. I don´t have my own of these. Sorry! But, belive me, it really is impressive!

Also there are a few other strange lakes. For example a greenish yellow one. Neon. Really strange! If you want to see that, or if you want to be speechless at least once in your life, you should go there! Because it is great! At the lakes you see volcanic activity once again. They are warm. Well, hot! One of them is cooking! It´s great there!

And also the trees are cool! They are orange because of an algae. Really! Orange! Pretty confusing, belive me! But very interesting.


All the best again, Jana

Hot Water Pools and Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Pools

In whole New Zealand you can find Hot water pools. I will visit one with the South Island Trip from the school. That will hopefully pretty fun! I like the pools pretty much! They are very nice! It´s a very special feeling when you enter the pools. It´s just warm. Like a Wirlpool, but naturally!  There are vey many different minerals in the water, which makes the water look very dirty. But it is not! It´s cool to swim there. Very relaxing!

Hot Water Beach

The Hot Water Beach is at the north island too. It´s a place, where you dig small holes into the sand, where the water comes to be hot  and water comes (like at almost every beach) after digging a while. The special thing is, that it gets hot, the water gets hot, because the ground is hot . Theground is very thin at this point, so the sand gets very hot. To be honest: Too hot for me. I was swimming in the ocean the most time! It´s a little bit like a whirlpool again. Or like a herd. It just gets hot

But, hey, I really was swimming everywhere. Even if it was only about 13 °C outside…

All the best, Jana