a muddy pond


rotorua mud

treat with care

Rotorua in the central North Island of New Zealand is known world-wide for its mud. The healing qualities of this mud were discovered long ago by the original settlers the Maori. When the British began settling across the North Island in the first half of the C19th acquiring land either by treaty or theft they came to Rotorua and also discovered the thermal ponds, the mud ponds and the geysers. Quickly they established health centres using the ponds and mud.  However the Maori knew the dangers of these ponds and it took time as Europeans found out  tragically one could not simply enter many ponds, they were either too hot or swallowed up people like quicksand. Today the ponds are fenced off or the thermal waters are tapped and bathing is guided. The mud is sold  world wide packaged as Rotorua Mud. Jill and I brought some home and as yet I have to try it out, maybe its the miracle I need!

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22 thoughts on “a muddy pond

  1. The pond in your photographs looks very dangerous and it is good to know they are fenced off now. I hope many miracles will come your way when you try out your Roturua Mud :o)


        1. The mud is packaged and sold in small tubes and you apply it as a face pack. People are not allowed in these ponds. The hot baths are carefully monitored in spas. In the old days however people would get into the mud ponds, sometimes boiling or disappearing.

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  2. Fascinating! Disappearing into the mud sounds like a terrifying experience. I use bentonite clay on my face from time to time, and wouldn’t mind trying some Rotorua Mud for a change.


  3. The mud looks a bit scary … possibly because of your warning 🙂 I hadn’t heard of Rotorua mud…it must have some interesting qualities…probably most exciting when it’s fresh (?)


  4. This totally reminds me of Oita. I find “bubbling” mud pools rather scary naturally. I can’t imagine why the EU settlers attempt to walk onto them. What a painful death…


    1. I went through Oita in a train but didn’t stop unfortunately. In Rotorua early Europeans didn’t realise there were different temperatures in different pools, they made some bad mistakes in the hot ones. Now they are fenced off or controlled.

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