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Covering an area of 616 square kilometres, Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand. This means there are endless activities on and around the water including fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking, parasailing and relaxing on the beach.
It’s easy for anyone to take part in water sports on Lake Taupo, with plenty of businesses hiring out equipment, providing instruction and running tours and charter services.
A great way to get to know the lake is by taking a chartered boat tour, cruising the clear waters to view the Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay which are only accessible by boat, and perhaps trying your hand at a spot of trout fishing under the guidance of an experienced local. Chris Jolly Outdoors and Fish Lake Taupo - MV Waimarie run sightseeing and fishing cruises. It won’t be long before you’re ready to head out on your own fishing adventures and discover why people rave about the world-renowned Taupo sport fishery.
If you’re already an experienced angler, you might be after some tips on where the hot spots are. Destination Great Lake Taupo has an excellent fishing blog which gives plenty of up to date information. Local fishing stores such as Sporting Life in Turangi and Taupo Rod and Tackle in Taupo also update their websites regularly with fishing reports.
If your idea of the perfect summer’s day is cruising the water with the wind in your sails, then you need to visit the 2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre on the shores of Lake Taupo. The Sailing Centre has 16ft keelers, catamarans, windsurfers, canoes and rowboats for hire and instruction is available. The Sailing Centre also has a bar/café with good coffee, snacks and cold drinks to refuel you after your aquatic adventure. Sailing is a fun activity the whole family or a group of friends can enjoy, and it’s easy and safe to learn on the lake without any waves to contend with.
Perhaps one of the most relaxing sports you can take part in on Lake Taupo is kayaking. Paddling your kayak through the calm, clear water with a magical mountain vista before you is like nothing else. You can go at your own pace, stay close to the shore or head off on an adventure to discover rarely-visited coves and beaches around the lake. There is even the option to camp overnight and enjoy the beauty and nature of some of Lake Taupo’s more secluded spots. Kayaks can be hired from a number of different businesses you can find here, and many also offer guided tours which is a fantastic way to find out some local history and meet like-minded people out on the water.
To really get an amazing view and get your adrenaline pumping at the same time, you could try parasailing over Lake Taupo with Big Sky Parasail. Big Sky offer a 400 or 800 ft flight and you can choose whether you get wet or not. Parasailing doesn’t require any experience and it’s fun for the whole family.
No doubt all of this action will leave you feeling like a rest day or two are in order. Great Lake Taupo has numerous beautiful and relaxing beaches to enjoy and calm, clear water to swim in. Some favourite beach spots with locals include the lake front (across from the centre of town), Acacia Bay, Whakaipo Bay and the holiday haven of Kinloch. Being a freshwater lake, there’s no salty water to sting your eyes and dry your hair out - Great Lake Taupo is nothing but pure, fresh water fed from streams originating in the mountains of Tongariro National Park. You can see the bottom when you’re swimming, and the lake is perfect for floating on an airbed, lying back and taking in the grand view of the mountains.
There is no doubt that Lake Taupo is about the best holiday destination you will find. With the lake as the focal point of activities in the region, it is the perfect summer escape with something to offer all holidaymakers. Whether it’s adventure you’re after, or a relaxing time away from the city life, you’ll find it in the Great Lake Taupo region.
For more information on the Great Lake Taupo region visit www.greatlaketaupo.com.
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