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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Springs

Alien planets, bad smells, and hot Maoris

February 8th 2007
Today we visited the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Springs. Our first stop were some very impressive mud pools, this was the first time I'd ever seen anything like it. The mud was bubbling and popping, making the most incredible noise and there was an eerie steam that hovered over the mud-scape that made for some unreal and stunning photographs One thing I have neglected to mention so far since comin ... read more
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New Zealand Flag The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
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