Driving south you'll find the bustling resort town of Taupō.
An impressive lake is the lynchpin of a varied landscape offering all manner of activities and sights that will fix themselves in your memory: 220,000 litres of water per second pouring over the Huka Falls or early morning sunshine sparkling on Lake Taupō against a backdrop of volcanic mountains.
Helicopter to White Island or spend a peaceful afternoon fly fishing. Delightful golf courses and beautiful walks await visitors to Lake taupo.
Further south again the small town of Turangi, on the southern shores of Lake Taupō, is the hub of trout fishing in the region.
The drive around the eastern shore of the lake, from Taupō to Turangi, is a great scenic drive offering stunning views.
River Birches Lodge is located just south of Turangi.