Visit Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Hot springs enter
the deep blue lake, providing an opportunity to swim in water that
is alternately hot and cold. Spend the day on a small sailing ship,
gliding around small inlets during your New Zealand tour or walk
through the Waipihihi Botanical Reserve, which teems with
rhododendrons, azaleas, alpine herb gardens and exotic ferns; or
visit the dramatic Huka Falls.
Head south to the stunning Volcanic Plateau and Tongariro
National Park, with its cluster of dormant-and a couple
active-volcanoes, glaciers, a hot crater lake, hot springs, barren
desert, alpine terrain and spectacular Southern Hemisphere
Lake Taupo is considered among the best trout fishing spots in
the world; your hosts at the lodge can help arrange this if you'd
like. There are also great walking tracks in the area: hike along
the magnificent Huka River to the thundering Huka Falls; or walk
through subtropical forests to enticing geothermal hot springs. By
all means stay at the award-winning Huka Lodge while exploring this
lovely area. The lodge is set in 17 acres of lawn, gardens and
trees on the banks of the Waikato River. A blend of European and
New Zealand style infuses each individually designed suite, as well
as the luscious cuisine served here.
From here it's possible to take a helicopter into the
surrounding wilderness area for a bird's eye view of Taupo's
dramatic landscape and an amazing New Zealand travel experience.
Explore the mountainous terrain, and fly fish in streams of
breathtaking clarity so undisturbed you'll be forgiven for
believing you were the first to discover them.