Australasia » New Zealand » North Island » Taupo By jenron April 15th 2007 We visited the large geothermal site on the outskirts of Rotorua called Te Pua. It is Maori owned and run and includes a Maori Cultural performance which was quite good but a little bit touristy (the singing and dancing was excellent though- they really gave it their full energy). The geysers there were impressively vigorous. The features are good but not quite as varied and fascinating as Wai-O-Tapu. They have a nocturnal kiwi house with a very active female and a younger male cowering in a corner trying to keep out of her way. We drove on to Huka falls - a very impressive waterfall - fairly short drop but huge amount of energy. Apparently madcap kayakers sometimes go down it - they must be crazy. We headed on stopping at the laid back geothermal park called Craters of the Moon. This is a lovely place to stroll around - you can get a lot closer to the geothermals and well worth the small entrance fee. We arrived at the YHA Taupo early evening. The hostel has a balcony area with lovely views out over the huge lake.