The most famous geyser, of the 65 geysers found in the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley in Rotorua, is the awe-inspiring Pohutu Geyser, meaning big splash or explosion. Pohutu erupts up to 30 metres high, depending on her mood,and is the largest active geyser in New Zealand and the southern hemisphere. There are few places in the world where geothermal phenomena such as geysers are as extensive and accessible as in Rotorua, New Zealand.
The magnificent Pohutu geyser erupts up to 20 times each day, a sight well worth waiting for. According to local Māori, the Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley was one of the sites where Te Pupu and Te Hoata, the Goddesses of Fire, emerged from the earth’s core while trying to find their brother Ngatoroirangi, who was stranded on Mount Tongariro. As they rose to the surface looking for their brother, they left part of the fire they carried, creating geysers, hot springs and mud pools, leaving our Te Whakarewarewa valley with the geothermal activity that remains today.