Kia Ora , the Maori greeting, welcomes visitors this land of fiery volcanoes and glacial ice. Steam billows from craters that delve deep into the earth and snow crowns magnificent mountains that soar to the sky. Mud pools boil and glacial lakes glisten. Unique and flightless birds like the kiwi and now-extinct moa, largest bird on earth, flourished until the arrival of man and other predators.
Visit Rotorua, “Second Lake”, and you will feel this spirit, passed down through the generations. In this heartland of Maori culture the Earth and its geologic wonders are part of the spiritual world.