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Destination: Taupo

Taupo is a popular stop on the North Island and for good reason. There are endless options for how you can spend your day – rain or shine! Here are a couple of our favorites

 

Huka Falls: Talk a stroll through the city to the crystal clear Huka Falls. There are no words to describe how beautiful it is so here just look at these pictures. 😛

Jet Boating: We’ve heard this is the most best of ALL of the jet boating adventures in New Zealand but, hey, don’t take our word – check it out yourself. Get up close and personal with the Huka Falls! Feel that water spray on your face and pray to God they don’t get too close so you don’t get pummeled by the cascading water.

 

Tongariro Crossing:

Lord of the Rings fan or not – this is a must do for everyone that is coming to New Zealand.

The Tongariro Crossing is one of New Zealand’s great walks and there is a good reason why. This can only be described as a volcanic moon-after checking out the crater make sure that you spend some time at the Emerald Lakes. This hike can be altered to be more difficult with extra legs just make sure you have enough daylight!

 

Thermal Pools: Taupo is riddled with natural thermal pools – free or paid!

The most popular among backpackers would be the Spa Thermal Park because, well, it’s free? Underneath this bridge there are a couple of waterfalls where you can relax in the heated water. Is it a bit too hot? Jump in the freezing cold river if you dare.

Make sure to keep an eye on your belongings while you’re there and not to bring anything too valuable.

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