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Blue Duck Station is a special and unique place that combines farming, tourism and conservation in a truly wild and remote place. It has a special emphasis on protecting the endemic whio or blue duck.
Blue Duck Station is located on the banks of the Whanganui and Retaruke Rivers and surrounded by Whanganui National Park. It is a working sheep and beef farm and conservation project that also offers bush accommodation and unique activities in rural Whanganui.
Its core values are to conserve endangered wildlife, increase the health of native bush and rivers and preserve the history of the area while educating visitors about the endangered New Zealand blue duck, other native species and local history.
The self catering lodge can sleep up to 8 people. It has a large open plan living area and deck with BBQ area. Meals are also available at the Blue Duck Cafe.
Blue Duck offers horse riding, canoeing, tramping bush safari and a host of other outdoor activites.
Lake Taupo & Tongariro
Taupo is on the shores of Lake Taupo and has its own selection of geothermal areas but the lake itself gives more clues about the volcanic history of the area.
Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and is the flooded caldera or collapsed volcano that last erupted in 181AD. It is the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history – the blood red sunsets that the eruption caused were noted in Chinese and Roman chronicles of the time.
The lake is peaceful now and offers relaxed cruising and some of the best trout fishing in New Zealand. The lake also feeds Huka Falls which is just north of town and is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in New Zealand, draining Lake Taupo into the Waikato River in a huge torrent of water.
South of the lake is one of the most scenically impressive locations in New Zealand. Tongariro National Park is home to three major volcanoes, Mounts Tongariro, Ngaurohoe and Ruapehu, and this dramatic volcanic landscape was used to create the kingdom of Mordor in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Mount Ruapehu is the highest point on the North Island standing at 2,797m and is one of the most active volcanoes in New Zealand, last erupting in spectacular fashion in 1997.