The Wai-o-Tapu thermal Wonderland
contains some of the most striking coloured volcanic pools along the
entire Ring of Fire. The central park of the nearby city of
Rotorua is in fact one giant volcanic pool. The "Champagne pool"
pictured here derives its orange coloured shorescum from iron
compounds. Other pools are distinctively coloured yellow or
purple or green.
Though not an original Maori meeting house, this one painstakingly recreated inside the Auckland museum is impressive, as is the one in Wellington's Te Papa museum.