On leaving Rotorua we drive past the start of the Kaingaroa Forest (the largest man planted radiata pine tree forest in the Southern Hemisphere) and head south , stopping on the way to view Rainbow Mountain lower Crater before arriving at Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland.
Here our visit takes in a wonderland of colour and thermal activity. See the Champagne Pool and the famous Lady Knox Geyser, erupting at 10.15am daily. Also the largest Mud Lake in the world.
From here we proceed towards Taupo for a stop at the superb Lava Glass Blowing Factory / Showrooms and the spectacular Lava Glass Sculpture Garden.
Moving on to view 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 awe inspiring and captivating Huka Falls, another of the wonders of the Waikato River.
We arrive at the Taupo Lookout at approximately 12.30 PM. On a clear day the Mountains of Tongariro National Park are visible (snow clad in the winter). At this stage we relax and reflect on the wonders so far. After lunch some free time for a walk / shopping or just sit by the lake.
We will be departing the township at about 2.00pm .
A short stop at NZ Honey Hive, where you get to learn all about honey and enjoy tasting some of the many varieties. New Zealand fruit wines are also available for tasting. This is a very nice complex for all ages. We can also add in the thrilling Rapids Jet Boat, or Huka River Cruise or Taupo Bungy as options.
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