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Pōhutu geyser

Pōhutu geyser

A crowd watches Pōhutu geyser erupting at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, in the early 1900s. The inscription on this photograph reads, ‘Spouts 60 to 80 feet at [the] best of its performances. After a good rest it may be arranged to perform specially by throwing a large number of bars of soap into its crater.’ Government engineer Camille Malfroy had manipulated Pōhutu so that it would erupt to a height of 18–24 metres twice daily.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Royal Society of South Australia Collection
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Margaret McClure, 'Tourist industry - Māori entrepreneurs in Rotorua', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 September 2023)

Story by Margaret McClure, published 11 Mar 2010