Close to Minarapa Lodge are the following natural attractions:
The township of Taupo is situated at the north eastern end of New Zealand’s largest lake, in the heart of the North Island’s Volcanic Plateau. Taupo is a very popular tourist destination and provides ample opportunities for boating, trout fishing, adventure sports, golf, bush walks, mountain biking and so forth. The activities are endless! Just north of Taupo are the beautiful Huka Falls and the Aratiatia Rapids and the Craters of the Moon thermal area.
Only 30 to 40 minutes’ drive north of Taupo are three further thermal parks, each offering something different: Orakei Korako (just up the road from Minarapa), Waiotapu and the Waimangu Valley Park which leads down to Lake Rotomahana.
To the South lies Tongariro National Park (World Heritage Park) containing the three volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Ruapehu and Tongariro which provide a wide range of walking trails and tracks for summer visitors and two ski fields for winter sports enthusiasts. Just south of Taupo township is the turn-off for the Napier-Taupo Highway and a few kilometres along the road are the De Bretts Thermal Pools where you have a choice of public and private pools in which to soak.
Here are some links which will help you find out more about what the Lake Taupo region and New Zealand have to offer.
www.greatlaketaupo.com -The Official Website of Lake Taupo area.
www.mtruapehu.com -The Offical Website for Mt Ruapehu
www.newzealand.com -The Offical Website for New Zealand