Geothermal surface features provide a tangible example of the amazing processes occurring underneath our feet.

Surface features include geysers, mud pools, hot springs and pools, fumaroles and hot ground. Geothermal surface features are an increasingly rare occurrence all over the world, but are relatively abundant in parts of the Bay of Plenty, such as Rotorua. The Rotorua system is world-renowned for its features and we are fortunate to have so many different types.

Many of the internationally significant surface features in the region are located within 20 kilometres of Rotorua city centre (which includes those at Whakarewarewa Valley, Kuirau Park, Waimangu Valley and Tikitere). However, there are also notable surface features at Kawerau, Lake Rotoehu, on Moutohorā Island, Whakaari/White Island and in other locations at a smaller scale.

To find out more about some of the great geothermal surface features to visit in the Bay of Plenty check out the Destination Rotorua webpage.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has prepared Guidelines for Mapping and Monitoring Surface Features with the assistance of geothermal surface feature experts throughout New Zealand. This sets out a methodology we hope will become the standardised way of mapping and monitoring for surface features throughout New Zealand. 

Download a field sheet Geothermal Feature Survey Form from the mapping and monitoring guidelines.