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Tongariro National Park
NZ - Day 2 - Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, and the Countryside

December 22nd 2008
We left Waitomo around 8 AM and headed to Huka Falls on the north side of Lake Taupo. On this drive it began to get mountainous and has been that way for most of our trip so far (eight days in). Huka Falls is where the aqua-colored Waikato River flows over a narrow 11 meter ledge. The gap it flows through before falling is relatively narrow, so the water is turbulent and forceful passing th ... read more
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New Zealand Flag The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
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