exploring Lake Taupo

view of the Kinloch golf course and Lake Taupo (c) 2019 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

Continuing my travelogue through New Zealand... following our lunch at Huka Lodge, we drove north to the Lake Taupo region of the north island. New Zealand's largest lake (238 square miles in area and up to 600 feet deep), Lake Taupo is within the caldera of an ancient volcano.

Maori carvings on Lake Taupo (c) 2019 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

We enjoyed a cruise on the lake, took a look at the Maori carvings shown above, but the highlight of the cruise was the opportunity to fish for trout. They were certainly biting! We let most go but brought two freshly caught trout with us to Kinloch Manor where the chef prepared them for our dinner.

Kinloch Manor has an ideal setting overlooking the lake. Like all the New Zealand luxury lodges, breakfast and dinner are included. An especially good option for families, my "suite" was huge and could comfortably accommodate a family of at least four guests. With its own kitchen and (very pleasant surprise!) washing machine and dryer, I was able to wash and dry all of my dirty laundry from the first few days of the trip.

And if you love a challenging golf course, Jack Nicklaus designed the links style course pictured above. One of the Kinloch managers, an avid golfer himself, shared that Jack must have been in a bad mood the day he designed the course.

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