This is the Marae (Meeting House) that we went into for the Maori show, where they explained their culture, song and dance, and a chance to meet and talk to them.Inside there were beautiful carvings.To be able to enter the Marae, you must be respectful and leave your shoes outside on the porch.photo joanjmore
We are in luck, Pohutu, the largest and most spectacular of the geysers here at Whaka is in full flow when we get there. The name mean big splash in Maori. The geyser usually erups once an hour or so, so unless you are in a hurry, you should be able to time your visit with an eruption. The water sprays about 20 metres into the sky and each eruption...more
We also see the bubbling mud which is really quite weird. It reminds me about a book I once read - a true horror story set in amongst the geysers in Iceland. The villain tried to push the heroine into a pool of bubbling mud, and it all comes back to me as I gaze in awe at this incerdible natural phenomenon.more
Traditional Maori feast (hangi), which provides a delightful mouth watering sensation.
The unique and tantalizing Hangi combines a great tasting mixture of Kumara (sweet potato), lamb, chicken, wild game, pork, beef and potato. The preparation process involves the digging of a large hole, lined with hot stones and covered in vegetation. The food is placed on top and sprinkled with water before the underground furnace is sealed with remaining vegetation and fresh earth. The hot stones aid in the generation of heat and steam to complete the cooking process.
Favorite Dish: Traditional Maori feast (hangi),