Waikato River...calm in some areas, raging waterfalls in other areas, is the longest river in New Zealand. Below this same river forms the Huka Falls as it empties out of Lake Taupo (pictured below). Waikato is Maori for "flowing water".
...empties about 200,000 litres
of water per second
largest lake in
|Mount Ruapehu (active volcano) seen across Lake Taupo|
|Government Gardens in Rotarua|
Now, some of the green, lush countryside scenes...hard to capture the real beauty with just a little camera, but hopefully, you'll get a fair idea...and why a lot of rain can produce a country like NZ.
|One rolling green hill after another|
|Thick "native bush" along the highways|
|Brilliant, dazzling wildflowers|
|Peaceful fields with livestock, so commonly seen in every town|