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5 wild adventures in New Zealand's natural playground

5 wild adventures in New Zealand's natural playground

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Fly fishing

Great Lake Taupō

Scattered with shimmering lakes, meandering rivers and cascading waterfalls, New Zealand’s crystal-clear waters are world renowned. It is little wonder then that the country is home to some of the best fly-fishing in the world.

After starting your trip with a splash through the turquoise bays that surround Waiheke Island, just east of Auckland, explore inland by taking a chopper to Great Lake Taupō. The country’s largest freshwater lake plummets to depths of nearly 200m. Better still, it’s tucked into the Taupō volcano caldera at the very heart of North Island. Māori rock carvings trim its northwest shoreline, but it’s the rainbow and brown trout, which skirt the lake’s surface as well as the currents of the southern Tongariro River, that attract keen anglers from around the globe. Knowledgeable local guides can assist visitors in tracking down the lake’s most superlative specimens.

“This region has year-round opportunities, set in an amazing landscape shaped by volcanic forces,” explains Sam Bourne, a member of New Zealand’s 2016 World Championship fly-fishing team. “It’s also steeped in both Māori and Pākehā [New Zealanders of European descent] angling traditions – a combination of natural and cultural heritage that makes Great Lake Taupō the trout capital of New Zealand.” There’s no finer way to finish off your day than with a sundowner in one of the region’s premier fly-fishing lodges, such as the picturesque Poronui Lodge or the sophisticated Huka Lodge. Here the resident gourmet chefs can barbecue, bake or sauté your prized catch to perfection.

Picture courtesy of Gettyimages.co.uk

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