Animal Parks, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand

Taupo Huka Prawn Park

The Huka Prawn Park is located along the banks of Waikato River only a short drive from Taupo’s main town center.  Prawns (for my friends that do not know) are similar to shrimp and often found on menus around New Zealand.  Sure they are different species but they have a lot of similarities. Since my girls are obsessed with eating shrimp this placed seemed to be right up their alley. Shawn, the prawn mascot, greeted…

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Been There Done That, Free, New Zealand, Waterfalls

Taupo Huka Falls – New Zealand

Taupo’s Huka Falls is one of the more popular waterfalls in New Zealand. The waterfall itself drops only 11 meters; however, the power behind this waterfall is impressive. The Great Lake Taupo site says “The sheer volume of water flowing through the rock face of the mighty Waikato River amounts to 220,000 liters per second; enough to fill one Olympic sized swimming pool in 11 seconds!” There is a walking trail that starts at Spa…

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Family Friendly, New Zealand

Taupo Volcanic Activity Center

Perfectly situated in Taupo, one of New Zealand’s most active geothermal regions, the Volcanic Activity Center is an interactive and educational facility for all ages. We spent time here while it was raining outside. The facility is small and easy to complete in short time. Andrew took his time reading through displays with Aubrey and she was particularly interested in learning about the rocks. The information covered past volcanic eruptions that occurred in the region….

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Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand, Random

Huka Honey Hive

New Zealand’s honey is in high demand worldwide.  During our 1st visit to Taupo we stopped by the Huka Honey Hive to see the live bees and sample honey. Bees!  Anyone that has spent any time with me in the Spring knows I have a phobia of bees (well anything that flies and stings).  The phobia is not logical as bees do a lot of great things; however, I get anxiety simply hearing a buzz…

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Animal Parks, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand

Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium

Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium is hidden well in the surrounding trees along Okahu Bay and only 6 kilometers from Auckland City Center.  The set-up of the facility underground was unique to other SeaLife Aquariums I have experienced.  The entrance leads to a long ramp guiding visitors to the admissions office underground. Once you purchase tickets, you head straight into their Antarctic Ice Adventure set-up.  Explore interactive displays and view equipment used to battle the…

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Been There Done That, Caves, Family Friendly, Free, Natural Wonders, New Zealand, Things To Do, Walks

Piripiri Caves Scenic Reserve

Piripiri caves are an easy 2 minute drive from Marokopa Falls and worth a stop while in the Waitomo area. New Zealand Department of Conservation displays green signs for noteworthy sights and we learned early to be on the lookout for them. The easy 5 minute bush walk leads to the entrance of the Piripiri Cave and open for anyone to explore.  A stairway descends a few meters so don’t forgot a light or cell phone in our case…

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Been There Done That, Free, Natural Wonders, New Zealand, Things To Do, Waterfalls

Marokopa Falls – Best New Zealand Waterfalls

The Marokopa Falls can be found thirty minutes drive from Waitomo, New Zealand but plan plenty of time for the drive.  The extreme curves take the speed down to around 10 km/per hour.  Just before reaching the falls car park, you will come across the Mangapohue Natural Bridge directly off the road. This is worth the stop! Once arriving at the Marokopa Falls car park, take a short bush walk down to the bottom platform.  There are a…

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Been There Done That, Caves, Free, Natural Wonders, New Zealand, Things To Do, Walks

Mangapohue Natural Bridge – Waitomo, New Zealand

The Mangapohue Natural Bridge is roughly a 30 minute car ride from Waitomo Village, home of the New Zealand’s famous glowworm caves.  This was a surprise find for us on our way to the Marokopa Falls. We learned early on that these green sign in New Zealand usually result in something amazing! Only a short 10 minute walk from the nearest car park lead us to this 17 meter tall natural bridge. The boardwalk path crosses…

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