A cultural experience depicting the local Maori history in carvings and
guided tours. Wairakei offers visitors a chance to see how the area evolved
and to learn about its fascinating geology.
About 15 minutes south of Taupo are small lakeside settlements with many
recreational facilities, accommodation and local amenities.
A winter party town, Ohakune is the home of skiers, snowboarders and sledders,
and is the base used by those hitting the slopes at the Turoa ski field.
It is also home to summer outdoor pursuits such as mountain climbing and
High on the central plateau, Waiouru (815m) is a small town with a grand
view. Graced by the majestic presence of the snow-capped Mt. Ruapehu, it
offers travellers a convivial place to rest after crossing the desolate
Desert Road. Waiouru features an armed forces training camp, and a fascinating
war memorial museum.
A town that still has pioneer spirit, Raetihi is the biggest township before
hitting the Whanganui National Park. You can go white-water rafting and
trout fishing in the rivers that can be found in the surrounding countryside.
Pipiriki is the northern gateway to the Whanganui National Park. Sites worth
seeing are the mysterious Bridge to Nowhere, a museum located at Colonial
House, and of course, the native flora and fauna that abounds in the park