Huka Falls near Taupo
Image Courtesy of Malene Holm
Lake Taupo, in the central part of the North Island, is New Zealand's largest lake. It is also the outlet for the country's longest river, the Waikato River. The river starts here and runs north west for a length of 425 kilometers (264 miles), until it meets the sea at Port Waikato on the west coast.
If you're visiting Taupo it is well worth a stop at two of the Waikato River's most interesting spots in the region. The Huka Falls is close to Taupo and has the distinction of being New Zealand's most popular natural attraction. Further down the river is the Aratiatia Dam, one of several hydro-electric power stations along the river.
The Taupo region is one of the most fascinating areas in the North Island and well worth exploring.
- Learn more about Taupo with: Everything You Need to Know About Taupo