After Taupo, we drove about an hour up north to the Rotorua lakes region. Arguably New Zealand's central North Island playground.
Was able to negotiate a great price for a helicopter ride (business was slow at the tour operator) for a flight around the lakes, since the weather was perfect. The boys as you can no doubt guess, had a *blast* riding in it.
Click on 'map' under 'Additional Information' below to the right to see where we were when I took this. Note: I 'map' most of the photos on my photostream.
Rotorua, New Zealand.