Experience attractions in the Taupo region.
On leaving Rotorua you drive past the start of the Kaiangaroa Forest (the largest man planted forest in the Southern Hemisphere) and head south, stopping on the way to view the hot water lake adjacent to Rainbow Mountain before arriving at Wai o Tapu (Sacred Water).
Here your visit takes in a wonderland of colour and thermal activity. See the Champagne Pool and the famous Lady Knox Geyser, erupting at 10.15 am, daily. Also the largest Mud Lake in the world. Your next stop is to see the Aratiatia Rapids when at mid-day the gates of this dam on the Waikato River are opened and provide a spectacular view of rapids filling the valley.
After the rapids it is on to the famous and awesome Huka Falls, another of the wonders of the Waikato River.
Arrive at the Taupo Lookout at approximately 1.00pm. On a clear day the Mountains of Tongariro National Park are visible (snow clad in the winter). . At this stage you relax and reflect on the wonders so far. After lunch some free time for a walk / shopping or just sit by the lake.
You will be departing the township at about 2.00pm .
A short stop at the NZ Honey Hive, where you get to see inside the bee hive, learn about the honey and join in the honey tasting. New Zealand fruit wines are also available for tasting. This is a very nice complex for all ages. Waiarakei Geothermal Bore fields Lookout followed by a visit to the Lava Glass Factory before returning to Rotorua.
Time can be allowed for Jet Boating and / or Bungy Jumping
Photo Credit: Destination Great Lake Taupo