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Rotorua to Palmerston North

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Rotorua to Palmerston North

Our plan is to drive from Rotorua to the vicinity of Palmerston North in a day. We'll have already visited Waiotapu the previous day. We're not into extreme sports or anything too adventurous or expensive but would appreciate suggestions of things to see on this route. Huka Falls is on our list but is there anything else at Lake Taupo we shouldn't miss? When we get to Turangi should we take the western loop around Tongariro National Park or is Hwy 1 scenic enough?

We're booked to overnight at a homestay near Manawatu Gorge below a wind farm.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Rotorua to Palmerston North

Before Taupo you will see a turn to Aratiatia rapids on your left. The floodgates are released at 10 a.m., and two hourly after that. Worth a stop if the timing is right. Also Craters of the Moon ( a walk through a geothermal landscape) on your right and there are several activities/attractions such as the Prawn Farm, Volcano Centre, Honey Hive, Jet boat and more that may be of interest en route to Taupo. They are clustered together just a little further South than the rapids close to the Huka Falls.

State Highway 1 is known as the Desert Road. I find this route quite interesting especially if it is a clear day and you are able to see the mountains.

The Army museum at Waiouru interests some people as it is a good display of the role the N.Z. Army have played.

The road is good with a few twists and turns but may be quite busy sometimes.

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2. Re: Rotorua to Palmerston North

Thanks Val. You've been a great help. There are certainly plenty of interesting sights and attractions from which to choose.

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