Lake Taupo Postcard
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This small city on the Lake has a good infrastructure for travellers with plenty of places to eat, some good bars, hotels, hostels and transport connections.
Nearby is the ever-popular Huka Falls, which is one of New Zealand's most powerful (and definitely the most visited) waterfalls. Although most buses and motorists stop off here en route to and from Taupo, the most rewarding way to visit is by hiking the Huka Falls Track that begins at the Spa Thermal Centre on Spa Road in Taupo.
There are also a number of other attractions in the area around Huka Falls and the power station, which is known as Wairakei Park. The Taupo Volcanic Activity Centre has fascinating exhibits on the region's volcanic and geothermal activity with some interesting interactive displays.
This region in the central North Island is home to some of the world's best trout fishing and the spectacular Tongariro National Park. Massive Lake Taupo is the main draw card for water sports enthusiasts while skiers flock to the snow capped peaks of Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand's first national park.