The Waihora Lagoon is without a doubt one of the hidden gems of the Taupo region. The track to the lagoon can be accessed off SH 32, on the western side of Lake Taupo. The gravel road will take you across farmland and into the magnificent Pureora Forest Park. The easy, flat 20 minute return walk takes you into a small rain-fed lake surrounded by majestic kahikatea and rimu trees. Birdlife is abundant. The boardwalks may be under water after heavy rain so walk carefully.