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you are at the Huka Falls or
the Huka Jetboats
take half an hour or so out of your schedule and pop into the Prawn
Park for a really interesting look at the tasty little critters.
little isn't really the word as the Prawn Park's inhabitants are
huge and will have your mouth watering as you watch them, learn
about them, feed them and - catch your own to feed on them.
really is an amazing place to visit and you can follow the lifespan
of prawns from spawning, through the teenage months and adulthood.
lovers can take the final step and dine on them in the farm's excellent-looking
restaurant that is so successful most of the 35,000 tonnes produced
a year are eaten there.
of the guys you'll meet is Sean of the Seven Wives who has been
around a bit and is the granddaddy of the population. He looked
a bit tetchy but, hey, with seven wives who wouldn't be!
prawns look enticing and gentle on your plate they are actually
mean little blighters with a penchant for fighting and cannibalism.
big guys' nippers can take deliver some pretty serious bites and
you remember this as you get the chance to feed the cuter - much
smaller - younger creatures by hand.
warned, though, they tickle like crazy.
trip to a prawn farm would be complete without having a munch on
the produce and at Taupo Prawn Park you get a lesson in peeling
them before partaking.
you feel like a spot of fishing then you can catch your own prawns
with a bit of prawn fishing.
outside prawn tanks offer the perfect spot for rod work and on the
day we visited one person got hold of a 22 centimetre beast.
don't think it would last for long mounted on the wall, but boy
it would go down a treat with garlic, lemon and a glass or two of
was a little sceptical about the excitement value of visiting a
prawn farm but can genuinely say that view has changed and it is
well worth the effort.
too, will love it.
Taupo Prawn Park is near the Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon
just north of Taupo on State Highway 1.
Pictures of the Prawn Park.