Ohinemutu

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Lake views, volcanic activity & Maori traditions
Traditional Maori culture and geothermal activity combine at the fascinating lakeside village of Ohinemutu in Rotorua. Steam rises from volcanic vents in the ground—local Maori families still use the earth's energy for cooking and heating—and the sacred Tama-te-kapua meeting house is adorned with intricate wooden carvings. Nearby, St Faith's Anglican Church melds both Maori and European design elements with woven tukutuku panels, Maori carvings, and colorful stained-glass windows illuminating the compact interior with southern hemisphere sunshine. One spectacular window shows Christ wearing a traditional Maori cloak and appearing to walk on the waters of Lake Rotorua. When visiting, be quiet and respectful of local families as Ohinemutu is private land.
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