Monday Mystery Photo – Last week New Zealand

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s photograph, shown immediately below, is located. If you guess correctly, I will link back to your blog when the answer will be revealed the following week. Guest submissions of MM photos are very welcome. Drop me an email if you would like to submit a photography to Monday Mystery Photo.

Where in the world might this scene be located?


NB. Again this week, I am going to hold the comments and approve them manually, releasing them on Friday/Saturday this week, so if your comment isn’t showing immediately, this is why. It will give everyone a chance to guess without looking at the previously posted comments. 

Everyone then has a good deal to ponder about!

Last week’s photo, kindly submitted by Blogger Leya. It took a bit of detective work to correctly determine it was in the southern hemisphere and not the north. The following people cleverly worked out that it was the hot springs near Rotorua, in the North Island, New Zealand.


Pooja was the first to accurately determine the correct location closely followed by TidiousTed and Drake and newcomer, Mistermuse, who hedged his bets with a second guess!! Well done to you all.

Here you are some information from this site

By the 1880s, the pink and white silica terraces cascading down a hillside in the thermal Rotorua region had become known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, and were New Zealand’s most famous tourist attraction.

From the nearest town of Rotorua – which was renowned for its thermal wonders and Maori culture – travellers had to ride by horse and cart across hills, then two hours by canoe and on foot to see the natural masterpiece.

In 1886, the Pink and White Terraces were destroyed when Mt Tarawera erupted, devastating most of the surrounding landscape, and killing more than 150 people.

Today you can visit naturally recreated terraces. The Wairakei Terraces, near Taupo, were initially helped by man, but nature is now fashioning the cascading silica steps in pinks, blues and whites.

Nature is a constantly evolving and dynamic force to ponder about.







5 thoughts on “Monday Mystery Photo – Last week New Zealand

  1. A wonderful city with both a jazz festival and this musician (who was a champion) made an album called “Jazz” – do often visit this city with a lake in the front and mountains in the backyard… 🙂

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  2. This was an easy one for everyone who’s been there Amanda 😉 . That is the Freddie Mercury statue in Montreux. Might not be the most tastefull statue in the world, but there is no mistake who it is. A greatly missed performer and a marvelous singer.

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