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Ōrakei Kōrako: thermal wonderland

There are still reminders scattered about the Taupō district of the subterranean forces that produced its mighty, first-century eruption and subsequent lake. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Taupō: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about Lake Taupō in this part of the world, where the water’s mood governs the feel of the day: sunny and sparkling, or grey and intense.  Read the story . . . 

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Huka Falls tracks

Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Waikato River, or explore the many lookout points at Huka Falls, one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Four free things to do in Taupō

Taupō has lots of exciting activities on offer but often the best things in life are free.  Read the story . . . 

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Four fun things to do in Wairākei

Just outside Taupō, Wairākei is a hotspot of geothermal activity, scenic beauty, crafts and cafés. Read the story . . . 

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Fishing Aotearoa: exploring an angler’s Eldorado

Less a hobby, more a religion, fishing isn't just a thing to do in New Zealand – it’s THE thing to do. For many anglers, New Zealand is the high church of bent rods and screaming reels.  Read the story . . . 

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Kinloch Golf Course, Taupō

Every hole of the Kinloch Golf Course near Taupō requires strategic thought and patience, thanks to the unique design features incorporated by 18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus. Read the story . . . 

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Wairākei Golf Course, Taupō

Wairākei – a golf course in a sanctuary – has to be the quintessential New Zealand golf experience.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: the painted place

The name Ōrakei Kōrako means something along the lines of ‘painted place’ in Māori and it’s easy to see why. Read the story . . . 

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Take the plunge at the Taupō Across the Lake Swim

Lake swimming is a particularly refreshing experience. Go big at Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake. Read the story . . . 

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Marvel at the power of water on the Huka Falls to Aratiatia Rapids track

Experience the intense power and energy of water, as the Waikato River is squeezed through dams and rapids in Taupō. Read the story . . . 

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Go fishing at Huka Prawn Park

On the banks of the Waikato River, just north of Lake Taupō, you’ll find the unique attraction of Huka Prawn Park.  Read the story . . . 

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