Lake Taupo is New Zealands largest lake, with an area of 600 sq kilometres. The origins of the Lake date back to 186 AD when a massive eruption blasted 100 cubic kilometres of debris into the air (compare with Mt St. Helens at 1cu km, and Krakatoa at 18cu km). These subterranean forces are still simmering today and can be seen breaking through the earths crust at nearby thermal reserves such as the Craters of the Moon and at Whakarewarewa where there is a geo thermal power generation complex.
Taupo is famous for its trout fishing where up to 400 tonnes a year is caught, at an average fish weight of 1.5 kg. Trout are bred at the Tongariro National Trout Hatchery just south of Lake Taupo for release into New Zealand Lakes and also for export to California. At the Huka Falls the mighty Waikato River flows out of the Lake to start its 354km journey to the sea.
The first National Park to be established in New Zealand, and the fourth in the world, the park also holds World Heritage area status. Maori had significant spiritual ties with the mountains which contributed to its recognition as a conservation area.
Mt Tongariro stands at 1,967m and consists of a group of extinct volcanic cones, the lava streams of which have so overlapped in their descent that they have formed one mountain mass at their base. From the Taupo Road, steam can be seen rising from the Ketetahi Hot Springs on northern slope of the mountain.
The crater of Mt Ngauruhoe (2,287m) is still active, steam and vapour at times issuing from it with considerable force and noise. Its last major eruption was in 1954, when a series of ash explosions culminated in a massive outflow of lava down the western face, with molten lava being hurled more than 300 metres into the air.
The snow-capped peak of Mt Ruapehu (2,797m) is an easily recognised landmark. The mountains apparent tranquility is misleading, for Ruapehu is also an active volcano and has a simmering crater lake whose rising level produced a lahar in March 2007. This event was long anticipated by those monitoring the lake levels.
There are a number of walks in the National Park of varying lengths including the renowned Tongariro Crossing. A traverse of Mount Tongariro that requires a good level of fitness, sturdy footwear, some food and water, additional clothing to allow for any unexpected changes in weather conditions and pre arranged transport for this 7-8 hour trek (one way).
Offering a location of matchless beauty, Huka Lodge nestles amongst 17- acres of manicured grounds. With just 20 Lodge Rooms and the Huka Lodge Owners Cottage all within gaze of the Waikato Rivers deep turquoise and hypnotic water, guests leave the real world behind.
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The Owners Cottage at Huka Lodge sits on an elevated and sunny promontory above the Waikato River, within the grounds of Huka Lodge. Virtually completely hidden from view, this luxurious hideaway enjoys stunning views downstream to the mighty Huka Falls
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The Cottage takes sits above lush rolling lawns on the banks of the Waikato River, where the powerful and hypnotic waters surge downstream to the Huka Falls. Built to exacting standards and utilising the finest quality heritage materials, the cottage draws on architectural elements from the 1920s and 1930s with strong reference to the English Arts & Crafts movement.
The Chateau Tongariro sits nestled in the shadow of three towering active volcanoes, and at the very foot of the majestic and sacred Mount Ruapehu, located within the Tongariro National Park a dual listed World Heritage Area.
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