Rotorua: Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers during eruption

Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers on the Te Whakarewarewa geyser terrace in Rotorua, New Zealand

Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers during eruption

Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers Geysers
Pohutu is one of the most active among the six geysers on the Te Whakarewarewa geyser terrace and the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. The Maori appropriately named it Pohutu, which means big splash in their language, because it can shoot up water up to a height of 100 feet. The eruption occurs once or twice an hour and can last up to 30 minutes.

Pohutu has a twin named Prince of Wales Feathers (Te Tohu in Maori), the shape of which resembles a feather. When the Prince of Wales visited the area in the 1900s, it was given his name to honor him. Prince of Wales Feathers typically erupts slightly before Pohutu, and its eruption can last up to seven minutes.

The image shows the Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers during their eruption, which occurs twice in an hour. The water from the geysers flows into a small pool known as the Blueys Pool.

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