En Route To Taupo

It's a short drive to Taupo, just 84km (52 miles) over excellent roads. Once again, though, watch out for the logging trucks. This could be a good time to call at one of the three main geothermal reserves if you haven't already done so, especially the Hidden Valley Orakei Korako Geyserland Resort, which is closer to Taupo than to Rotorua (see "Exploring Rotorua," earlier in this chapter). Eight kilometers (5 miles) before you reach Taupo, look for the steamy Wairakei Geothermal Power Station, which harnesses all that underground energy to furnish electric power.

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