Things to do and places to visit in the Taupo / Napier region
Lake Taupo is an enormous crater lake overshadowed by the triple peaks of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. These days volcanic activity is mostly limited to hot springs at Taupo and Tokaanu, the eerie Craters of the Moon thermal reserve and the Wairakei steam fields. The lake itself is a popular holiday spot for boating, cruising, trout fishing, parasailing and swimming. The township also boasts an international golf course, prawn farm, jet boating, white water rafting, bungy jumping, sky diving and the thundering Huka Falls.
Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand's North Island, is set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. Along the tree-lined waterfront promenade the Marine Parade, the Pania of the Reef statue depicting a Maori maiden, is a symbol of the city.