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The region’s pure waters and lush farmland produces ingredients of export quality, including specialities like nourishing manuka honey, grass-fed Taupo beef and lamb, wild venison, and locally brewed craft beer.
And of course, there’s the trout, which isn’t sold in shops, so the only way to enjoy its unique flavour is to catch it yourself. Many local restaurants and lodges will be happy to prepare your catch for you – just call and book in advance.