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Introducing Taupo

With a postcard-perfect setting on the northeastern shores of the lake, the increasingly exciting town of Taupo now rivals Rotorua as the North Island’s adrenaline capital. There's an abundance of blood-pumping activities on offer but for those with no appetite for white knuckles and churned stomachs, there's plenty of enjoyment to be had simply strolling by the lake and enjoying the views, which on clear days reveal the snowy peaks of Tongariro National Park. Stop at the lookout on the way into town and you'll see exactly what we mean.

NZ’s longest river, the Waikato, originates from Lake Taupo at the township, before crashing its way through the Huka Falls and Aratiatia Rapids and then settling down for a sedate ramble to the west coast, just south of Auckland.