New Zealand
Rotorua Lakes Area

Thirteen major lakes and a variety of geothermal areas and scenic reserves can be found in the Rotorua Lakes area. They were formed by the volcanic activity of the Central Plateau.

Within the area there are three calderas, known as Rotorua, Okataina and Rotoma.

The lake Rotorua was formed by the crater of a large volcano. Its last major eruption was about 240'000 years ago. The Mokoia Island is a volcanic dome and rises 179 metres above the water level.

The Okataina caldera is an active volcano and erupted six times during the last 10'000 years. The most recent eruption was in 1886.

 

www.mountainstamp.com New Zealand Lake Rotomahana stamp 1973

New Zealand 1973, steaming cliffs at the lake Rotomahana.

The Lake Rotomahana covers an area of about 8 square kilometres. It is situated in the southwest of the Tarawera volcano. On its shores there were the Pink and White Terraces before they were destroyed by the 1886 eruption of the Tarawera volcano. In the east of the Lake Rotomahana there is the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley (formed during the 1886 eruption). In the valley was located between 1900 - 1904 the worlds highest and most powerful Geyser with an eruption height up to 460 metres. The actually worlds highest geyser is the Steamboat Geyser and reaches 90 metres, it is situated in the Yellowstone Nationalpark (USA).

 

New Zealand 1993
The Champagne Pool is situated in the Wai-O-tapu geothermal area.
New Zealand 1993
Boiling Mood in the Wai-O-tapu geothermal area.
New Zealand 1993
The Emerald Pool is situated in the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley.
New Zealand 1993
This waterfall is found within the Rainbow Scenic reserve 27 km south of Rotorua. The Hakareteke Stream (Kerosene Creek) is geothermally heated.
New Zealand 1993
The Warbrick Terrace is situated in the Waimangu Volcanic Rift Valley.
New Zealand 1993
The Pohutu Geyser is situated in the Whakarewarewa geothermal area.

 

www.mountainstamp.com New Zealand Golf stamp 1995

New Zealand 1995, Rotorua Golf Club.
At Rotorua, you can play around hissing steam vents and boiling mud pots in the heart of New Zealand's geyser region.

 

www.mountainstamp.com New Zealand Champagne Pool stamp 2004

New Zealand 2004, Champagne Pool.
The Champagne Pool within the Wai-O-tapu geothermal area has a diameter of 60 metres and an estimated volume of about 50'000 m³ (temperature 73 °C to 75 °C).
The stamp was issued in sheets of 50 stamps and in the miniaturesheet "China96"

 

www.mountainstamp.com New Zealand Lake Rotorua stamp 2010 2012

New Zealand 2010/2012, lake Rotorua and Maoka Island in the far background.
The stamp was issued gummed in sheets of 50 stamps 13:13 and self-adhesive (die-cut 10:9) in booklets of 10 stamps.
The gummed stamp was issued again in the miniature sheet "Indipex 2011".
(please see below)

 

New Zealand 2011, miniaturesheet "Indipex 2011".

The three stamps of the souvenirsheet are showing:
Milford Sound
Lake Wakatipu
Lake Rotorua

 

 

New Zealand 2010 Champagne Pool / Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Area / Waikato stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli

New Zealand 2010, Champagne Pool / Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Area / Waikato.
The stamp was issued in the series "New Zealand – A Slice of Heaven".

 

 

www.mountainstamp.com New Zealand 2011

New Zealand 2011, "Culture"
The stamp was issued in the miniaturesheet "The New Zealand Experience".

(Artists compositions of different elements)
The landscape and geyser in the foreground depicts the Rotorua area.

 

 

New Zealand 2012 Rotorua stamp

New Zealand 2012, Rotorua / Taupo / Palmerston North.
The stamp was issued in the series "Tiki Tour No 2".

 

 

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