In the North Island on our holiday we stayed most of our time in Te Aroha, a small quiet town with very friendly people. This museum is in the hot springs domain and was a former bathhouse.The domain still has private bath houses an outdoor pool and a geyser.
I walked the track behind the domain up mount Te Aroha and had this view from the lookout. The men didn't come as they thought it was too hot but in the bush it was nice and sheltered although very humid.
The dark green area you see is the wetlands and we walked around that as well as you see next.
Our walk at night around the wetlands in Te Aroha, from here looking at the Mount Te Aroha
I loved how the plants proudly sprouted out of the wood.
An unfurling fern is the base for the symbol which the maori's call Koru. Koru stand for the new beginnnings, growth and strenght. The circle stands for the circle of life, for renewal.
Look in this picture how the tree is stuck between the two big boulders.