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Rotorua/Taupo

Rotorua is located in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island. The city is known for its geothermal activity — notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa — and hot mud pools. This thermal activity comes from the Rotorua caldera, on which the city lies. Fifty ...

Rotorua is located in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island. The city is known for its geothermal activity — notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa — and hot mud pools. This thermal activity comes from the Rotorua caldera, on which the city lies. Fifty miles to the south, Taupo is also a center of volcanic and geothermal activity, and hot springs suitable for bathing are located at several places in the vicinity. Taupo stands at the outlet of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. A short distance north of the town, the Waikato River flows over spectacular Huka Falls. 

The fly-fishing in the famed Tongariro River is at its best in late winter (July- September), when huge rainbow trout run up the river from Lake Taupo to spawn. Alas, the river can be very crowded. Personally, I prefer the summer (December-March), when a short flight by helicopter brings me to the wilderness streams high in the hills to the east of the lake. This is trout fishing for the connoisseur: sight-casting with dry flies and nymphs to huge fish in water of scarcely believable clarity.

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