Thermal Explorer Highway
[Thermal Explorer Highway]

The drive south to Taupo took almost 4 hours but surprisingly not as tiring as it seems. The weather was perfect and we had plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the scenery.

One of the stop that I wanted to make before reaching Lake Taupo was Huka Falls. After a couple of misses along the Thermal Explorer Highway, we finally found it.

Huka Falls sign

Huka Falls upstream from tourist bridge
[Looking upstream against the fast current]

Huka Falls tourist bridge
[Tourist bridge across the narrow canyon]

Huka Falls downstream from tourist bridge

Huka Falls along the narrow canyon

Huka Falls

Huka Falls

Huka Falls

The volume of clear water that drains from Lake Taupo is absolutely spectacular to look at.

After Huka Falls, we headed south towards our last stop of the day in Taupo.

Lake Taupo
[Lake Taupo]

You might be fooled to think that this is a beach. This is in fact Lake Taupo, the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the largest freshwater lake in Oceania.

Lake Taupo

Sadly though, rather than be impressed by the magnificent waterfall and massive clear freshwater lake, this was to be the kid’s highlight of the day instead…

McDonalds, Lake Taupo


  1. The water is pristine and blue! Can’t see that kind of bluish colored water in M’sia.

  2. knfk

    Did you tapau anything back?

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