Story: Hot springs, mud pools and geysers

Cooking in boiling pools

Cooking in boiling pools

Māori women traditionally used some of the boiling pools at Whakarewarewa. They would lower flax bags (kete) containing food into the water and leave them there to cook. These women were photographed in about 1910.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Auckland Star Collection (PA-Group-00610)
Reference: 1/1-003037;G
Photograph by William Henry Thomas

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Carol Stewart, 'Hot springs, mud pools and geysers - People, animals and plants in geothermal areas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 January 2018)

Story by Carol Stewart, published 12 Jun 2006