The lower volcanic plateau region, with its snow-capped mountains and river gorges, boasts many of the North Island's most popular mountain bike trails, hikes and ski areas. Experience the scenic Tongariro Crossing - New Zealand's best one-day hike - fly-fish for trout on a wilderness river, ride the raipids of the Tongariro River, hike to the summit of Mount Ruapehu to see its treacherous crater lake, or simply enjoy a hot soak in the Tokaanu thermal pools.
Fed by springs and snow-melt from the mountains of the Tongariro National Park, Lake Taupo's crystal-clear waters are held in an enormous volcanic crater. From here the beautiful Waikato River begins its 425km journey to the sea. A short drive along its riverbanks leads to the ice-blue waters of the Huka Falls, which tumble through a narrow gorge before plunging into a deep pool. Intriguing activities abound: take a thermal walk and see steam vents and mud pools; visit a geothermally heated prawn farm; or take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Huka or Aratiatia Jet.
THE BEST OF RUAPEHU AND LAKE TAUPO
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