Taupo, a town in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, is famed for its 616 square kilometre lake - A lake which is by far the largest in New Zealand and one that was created by a supervolcanic eruption over 26,000 years ago.
The lake itself provides an array of activities to the thousands of tourists who decend upon it throughout the year.
Step aboard the Barbary a beautifully restored 1926 classic yacht for the lake’s most iconic cruise over crystalline waters or take a Maori Carving's Tour in a canoe or kayak. For the more adventurous, why not be hurled 15,000ft out of a plane over the lake? After all, Lake Taupo is THE skydiving capital of the world with over 30,000 jumps a year!
The lake has become synonymous with Taupo and Taupo is synonymous with its lake. But aside from the lake and its abundance of activities and attractions, what more does this town, at the heart of New Zealand, have to offer?
During the day why not check out the Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park, a geothermal wonderland of hot springs, bubbling mud pools and gushing geysers. Ranked 2nd on Trip Advisors things to do in Taupo, this attraction is a must.
If its culture you’re after then make a visit to Taupo’s Wairakei Terraces and soak up the Maori Cultural Experience, an experience that’s described as ‘intense, powerful and emotional and will leave you with lasting memories of a culture that is alive and growing’.
Also on offer is the challenge of the North Island's highest and most popular bungy jump with Taupo Bungy NZ. Set on the steep banks of the mighty Waikato River, take in the picturesque surroundings as you try to quiet the adrenaline surging through your body while you stand 47 meters above the river below preparing to jump.
And if your action packed day has left you gagging for a Steinlager Pure, New Zealand’s premium beer made only from natural ingredients, then step into The Shed Bar – Taupo’s ultimate Kiwi sports bar with 11 screens for you to enjoy those All Blacks matches. If you don’t want the night to end, visit Vertigo, a great nightclub in Taupo with an industrial theme, great music and the best DJ in town!
Whether you’re in Taupo to kick back and unwind or there to experience some adrenaline pumping action, Taupo has something on offer for everyone...and so much more than just a lake.
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