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Lying to the south-east of Lake Taupo across the Kaimanawa Ranges, the vast park encompasses tussockland, native bush and shrubland. Visitors to the park can expect the unexpected, from the surprise appearance of a deer, wild horse, or recreational hunter, to New Zealand soldiers dropping in by helicopter to practice army manoeuvres in the park’s rugged terrain.
There are beautiful forest walks for tramping, including one that leads to the rocky river canyon known as the Pillars of Hercules, and an easy forest loop with an unusual variety of native trees.
The park’s quiet, hardy mixed-breed wild horses have been living here since the late 1800s. After the New Zealand government declared them protected in 1981, the population grew so large they were endangering the natural ecosystem. The population is now maintained at around 300, with a bi-annual muster that aims to find homes for all the mustered horses.
Located in the Taupo town centre, Street Fashion European Hair Design Studio is a new, specialised hair studio for those who want the latest trends in hair styling.
TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice 2019 & 2018 Award Winners & Supreme Winner of 2020, 2018 & 2016 NZ B&B Association Excellence Awards. Stunning location, luxury accommodation, fab food & wine and an authentic boutique lodge experience near the lake.
Mountain bikers can explore a series of trails along New Zealand's longest river - the mighty Waikato River. The trails cover about 100 kilometres of previously inaccessible Southern Waikato land from Lake Karapiro to the Atiamuri Dam.
Incredible India Restaurant started with a determined vision of capturing the flavors, colors, and hospitality of the exquisite tradition and diverse culture that makes India.
Before you hit the slopes of New Zealand, make sure you head into Taupo’s premier ski and snowboard shop for all your snowboarding and skiing hire, products, advice and more!