Guest post for Velvet Escape

Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island are the settings for New Zealand’s most famous romance and the descendants of Hinemoa and Tutanekai still live in  Rotorua. Thinking about a trip there makes me think of a Velvet Escape.

Steam billows from cracks in the ground and the air smells like very old eggs: it seems a dinosaur could emerge from the billowing mists it feels so Jurassic Park. Despite appearances, this is not the age of giant beasts in an ancient world but the pungent heart of the worlds youngest country, and Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, have been using these geothermal fields for over seven hundred years as a place of healing. read more here at velvet escape

Author: Heather - the kiwi travel writer

Nomadic travel-writer, photographer, author & blogger. See more on and Amazon for my books (heather hapeta)