Sunday, January 08, 2012


Lake Tikitapu (The Blue Lake) is named as the place where a Maori chief's daughter lost her tiki (greenstone treasure). It is roughly circular in shape, and has no apparent tributaries or outlet.

It is a volcanic caldera (collapsed crater) formed during eruptions around 20,000 years ago, hence, it is deep. This lake is the watersports centre for the Rotorua district and it is also the home of the legendary Taniwha (lake monster).

The turquoise blue seen from above is due to reflection from white rhyolite and pumice at the bottom of the lake.

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand. [S38 11.548 E176 19.854]

PhotoID: B_20110316_29127

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