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Taupoo

Taupo is virtually in the centre of North Island and is part of the central thermal region which is composed of thermal pools and volcano's.
It is bordered by the Volcanic mountains to the south which includes Mount Ruapehu, as seen in the illustration to the left.
In the North there is the thermal region which stretch's from Rotorua to Taupo itself. There are numerous thermal area's that can be
visited, if you do want to see them all give yourself a few days to get around.
Also to the north is one of the most famous volcanos to have erupted in the last one hundred years - Mount Tarawera. This volcano was a massive eruption that buried the local area in volcanic soot and destroyed the pink and white terraces on the edge of Lake Tarawera. The thermal areas that you can visit are those at Waiumungo, Tiki Teri,

Lake Taupo is famous for its Trout fishing and several boats can be chartered for fishing trips out onto the lake. Also there are boat trips that can be taken, one of which is on the Earnest Kemp a small boat that used to ply its trade from Keri Keri in the Bay of Islands. The Earnest Kemp takes you around the lake to see points of interest.
Leading from lake Taupo is the Waihiki river, this flow's north to the Huka falls which is a gully that has been eroded by the constant flow of the river.

It is some three metres wide and the water gushes through here at immense pressure and speed. Also part of the area is the Mount Tongariro and river which forms part of a hydro electric generating system powering the national grid.
The Tongariro river is also good for Trout fishing as well.
There are a wide selection of places to
stay in and around Taupo. A number of them have thermal pools or baths which are ideal to wallow in after a long days tramping.
There is a annual Craft fare at Taupo and this is worth seeing even if you do not want to buy any thing.

If you travel through the central region there are several lakes that are worth visiting as they are very scenic and also provide good fishing. The journey from Taupo to Rotorua has a lot to offer. Thermal areas that are all varied and different, Trout fishing, thermal baths that will take away all of those aches and pains, wonderful views that are ideallic for the artist, and not forgetting good places to eat for the weary traveler.