Located in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, Lake Taupo is about the size of Singapore - more of an inland sea really. It was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies as far away as Europe and China.
The lake's volcanic origins are still evident today, from steam vents and warm water currents at the beaches to the ever-present views of the massive volcanoes in adjacent Tongariro National Park. There are several active geothermal areas to visit, where the earth hisses steam and mud boils in pools.
With 47 rivers and streams flowing into the lake, this area is renowned for trout fishing and kayaking.
Lake Taupo’s location is at the crossroads of the North Island. State Highway 1 links Taupo with Auckland in the north - a three and a half hour drive. Wellington is a five and a half hour drive south. There are also domestic flights servicing Taupo Airport between Auckland and Wellington, with onward connections to other major towns/cities around New Zealand.
Memorable Lake Taupo Experiences
- Go trout fishing - Taupo is home to the largest trout fishery in the world.
- Play a round of golf at the world class Kinloch Golf Club or Wairakei Golf Course.
- Enjoy a wide range of water activities from kayaking and parasailing to chartering a boat on Lake Taupo.
- Take an exhilarating jet boat ride to Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second from the Aratiatia Rapids.
- Walk one of the best day treks in the world - the Tongariro Crossing. The trek travels through the diverse and dramatic scenery of the volcanically active Tongariro National Park - a World Heritage site.
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