A crowd watches Pōhutu geyser erupting at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, in the early 1900s. The inscription on this photograph reads, ‘Spouts 60 to 80 feet at [the] best of its performances. After a good rest it may be arranged to perform specially by throwing a large number of bars of soap into its crater.’ Government engineer Camille Malfroy had manipulated Pōhutu so that it would erupt to a height of 18–24 metres twice daily.
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