|ARTIST:||Charles Decimus Barraud|
|DATES:||New Zealand 1822 - 1897|
|TITLE:||Otukapuarangi - Pink Terraces|
|SIZE:||26 x 37 cm|
Published by Sampson Low, London 1877
Ref. Ellis p. 207
1877 Descritpive Text by William T Travers (1819 - 1903)
Otukapuarangi - The Pink Terraces
"Te Otukapuarangi, or the Pink Terrace, on the western side of the Rotomahana, is a second terraced fountain, known by its native name of Otukapuarangi, of Fountain of the Clouded Sky, but usually called by visitors the Pink Terrace.
Like those of the Tarata, they extend far into the lake, and present the appearance of a series of marble steps, of a pinkish hue, rising gradually to a platform about 60 feet above the surface of the lake. This platform contains a number of basins, four of five feet deep, filled with clear blue water, at a temperature of from 90 degrees to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
At the back of the platform, almost surrounded by barren looking hills, is a great basin, from 50 to 60 feet in diameter, and filled with water, which here reaches a much higher temperature. Near the northern foot of the terrace is the huge solfatara named Te Whakataratara, full of hot muddy water, which flows from it into the lake.All round the basin, and in the crevices of the ground, are found traces of sulphur, fine crystals of which are sometimes obtained in the latter."
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