East Coast and the Volcanic Zone

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  • 1. Aratiatia Dam

    The Waikato River is dammed along its length; the first construction is the Aratiatia Dam, 10 km (6 miles) northeast of Taupo. The river below...Read More

  • 2. Craters of the Moon

    The construction of the local geothermal project had an impressive—and unforeseen—effect. Boiling mud pools, steaming vents, and large craters appeared in an area now known...Read More

  • 3. Huka Falls

    The Waikato River thunders through a narrow chasm and over a 35-foot rock ledge at Huka Falls. The fast-flowing river produces almost 50% of the...Read More

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  • 4. Huka Prawn Park

    This prawn farm is a curious mix of cheesy and fascinating. Check out the holding tanks where prawns are bred in specially heated river water...Read More

  • 5. Orakei Korako


    Even if you've seen enough bubbling pools and fuming craters to last a lifetime, the thermal valley of Orakei Korako is still likely to captivate...Read More

  • 6. Taupo Museum

    You'll find Māori treasures and contemporary art on display at this museum. The volcanic eruptions that have shaped the area are also chronicled. The star...Read More

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