Today you make your way from Taupō to the twinkling glowworm caves of Waitomo. Along the way, trout fanciers may like to try their luck at Lake Whakamaru. The beautiful Pureora Forest Park, home to several rare bird species, is also well worth a visit.
The Waitomo area is famous for its subterranean splendour. Beneath the surface of this limestone region, is a series of vast cave systems decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and glowworms. Depending on your thirst for adventure, you can take a walking tour and boat ride through the caves, raft through them on a rubber tube (known as blackwater rafting) or abseil down into the darkness.