Of all the tourist resorts in the South Pacific, Rotorua in New Zealand is probably the most unusual.
GV Highway overlooking Rotorua
GV Lake and geysers (2 shots)
SV Entrance to Hell's Gate geysers, with carved maori archways (2 scenes)
CV Sign.."Danger" etc
SV Steam coming from hole in ground and pools (2 shots)
SV Woman with children looking
SV Small hot bubbling pool ("Baby Adam")
LV People walk along look-out platform to "Inferno"
CV Bubbling steaming water
GV "Sodom and Gomorrah" pools ( 2 scenes )
GV Hillside, lake and mountains
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Background: Of all the tourist resorts in the South Pacific, Rotorua in New Zealand is probably the most unusual.
It's the centre of the thermal region of New Zealand's north island. Bubbling hot pools, volcanic steam " gushers" and glorious mountain and lake scenery abound.
Farming, grazing and timber are the main local industries. But Rotorua itself caters almost exclusively for the tourist trade.
Rotorua is fast becoming logged with motels, hotels and guest houses as the tourist traffic increases, Australians account for a major part of it.
Steam blow holes are still appearing -- some in the yards of homes. At Tikitere, 10 miles north of Rotorua, tourists can see HELL'S GATE, the largest single boiling whirlpool in the thermal region. A strange feature is that in spite of the upsurging volume, there's no visible outlet or overflow. So far, the depth has not been ascertained. Temperature is 215 degrees Fahrenheit.
Sulphur pools provide water said to have a healing effect for sceptic cuts, and certain skin diseases.
Woven into the thermal landscape are colourful maori villages. The maori culture is threaded intensively through the entire thermal park.