This is the Lake Rotorua, in New Zealand 🇳🇿 ————————————
It is the second largest lake in the North Island of New Zealand by surface area, and covers 79.8 km2. With a mean depth of only 10 metres it is considerably smaller than nearby Lake Tarawera in terms of volume of water. It is located in the Bay of Plenty region. The city of Rotorua is sited on its southern shore, and the town of Ngongotaha is at the western edge of the lake.
The lake was formed from the crater of a large volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. Its last major eruption was about 240,000 years ago. After the eruption, the magma chamber underneath the volcano collapsed. The circular depression left behind is the Rotorua Caldera, which is the site of the lake. Several other lakes of volcanic origin are located nearby to the east, around the base of the active volcano Mount Tarawera.
✅Lake Rotorua is fed with water from a number of rivers and streams; some such as the Utuhina flow water of a water temperature warmer than the lake due to the thermal activity in the Rotorua area. Conversely streams on the northern shore such as the Hamurana Spring and the Awahou stream flow crystal clear water that has a constant temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. -
✅Despite the large volume of water flowing through Lake Rotorua its shallow depth makes it very prone to discolouration, especially from sediment following windy weather. It is well used by fishermen, but less popular with watersports participants and swimmers.
After living in a van for almost 2 weeks (and desperately needing a shower) we decided to indulge in the healing geothermal pools at Polynesian Spa.
The spa gets its waters from two springs: Rachel Spring and Priest Spring. Rachel Spring, which was once said to give ageless beauty to bathers, is high in alkaline which helps nourish the skin while reducing any swelling.
Priest Spring is slightly acidic and relieves tired muscles, aches, and pains. It is named after Father Mahoney, a catholic priest who was 'cured' of crippling arthritis after bathing in the waters on 1878. The spa has exclusive acess to this spring.
Would you bathe in these healing waters?
Lake kuirau is used to be called lake tawakahu and was cool enough to bathe in.
According to Maori legend a beautiful young lady named Kuirau used to swim in this lake. Tamahika Kuirau’s husband said that the lake belong to her however a large Taniwha lived in this lake.
The taniwha would watch the girl swim until he could stand it no longer and one morning he rose up and seized Kuirau.
Maori believed that Kuirau either died of fright because she was so terrified, or that she was taking back to Taniwha’s lair.
Whatever happened to Kuirau she was never seen again.
The gods were so angry the make the lake boil to get rid of Taniwha.
From that day on, the lake was called lake Kuirau in memory of to the beautiful lady that used to swim on its waters.
Don’t be like Taniwha 💁🏻♀️ .
🇪🇸 cuenta la leyenda en este lago se bañaba una hermosa mujer llamada Kuirau, esposa de Tamahika.
Tamahika dijo que el lago pertenencia a su esposa, mientras Taniwha la observaba casi siempre en el lago hasta que un día no soporto mas y se la llevo.
Hasta ahora nose sabe de que murió, desde su desaparición los dioses enfurecidos hicieron el lago hervir para deshacerse de Taniwha.
Desde entonces el lago tomó el nombre de aquella mujer hermosa que solía nadar en el lago...
Saludos desde el lago Kuirau 👋🏼 —————————————————————————— #maori#lake#newzealand#beautifuldestinations#earth_pix#legends#lakerotorua#nuevazelanda#viajeros#travelgram#solotraveler#forografia#glt#rotorua#enchanted#thermal
Rotorua is a famous geothermal region set amongst lakes, forest and volcanic peaks.
All around town you can see steam rising from the earth and the smell of sulfur is quite strong.
The area is also considered the heart of Maori culture, the indigenous people of New Zealand.
Have you ever visited a geothermal location?