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The Taupo swamp is one of the larger freshwater mires in New Zealand. It runs for about 5km between SH1 and the main truck railway line and was formerly a lagoon that ran inland from Plimmerton Beach until the land lifted in the 1855 earthquake. The lagoon flanked the inland west and north of the Taupo pa making it a nice, defensible site, with hills at the back and the harbour on the other side.

The Taupo swamp is one of the larger freshwater mires in New Zealand. It runs for about 5km between SH1 and the main truck railway line and was formerly a lagoon that ran inland from Plimmerton Beach until the land lifted in the 1855 earthquake. The lagoon flanked the inland west and north of the Taupo pa making it a nice, defensible site, with hills at the back and the harbour on the other side.


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