Air NZ's top 10 picks for Taupo

Taupo’s big bang blocks sun in China

When Lake Taupo was formed thousands of years ago, the eruption was so big it caused the sky in China to haze over. It was also the biggest bang the world has experienced in the last 5,000 years.

While you certainly wouldn’t want to have been there, today you can appreciate the fortuitous results of this geological event.

The massive fresh water expanse (the largest in Australasia and covering an area the size of Singapore) is the scene of a myriad of leisure and adventure pursuits.

It is also home to the town of Taupo which hosts visitors year round as they enjoy the lake and the nearby Tongariro World Heritage National Park.

Our top 10 ‘must see and do’ in Taupo includes:

  • Fishing – the lake and rivers are known for their rich bounty of trout

  • Adrenalin pumping pursuits – bungy jumping, jet boating, sky diving, white water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and abseiling are but a few of the heart racing options

  • Thermal experiences – the region’s thermal activity can be clearly seen at the Craters of the Moon, geothermal park and the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. You can also soak it up in pools and spas.

  • Natural wonders – the Huka Falls are the largest waterfalls on the Waikato River and a sight to behold
  • Famous recreation- Wairakei Terraces are a recreation of the famous Pink and White Terraces destroyed in the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera

  • Trekking – the National Park has a wealth of well-developed tracks, the most popular being the Tongariro crossing which spans the length of Mt Tongariro and is considered ‘the best one day walk’ in the country

  • Skiing– Taupo has fantastic winter skiing at the nearby Turoa and Whakapapa ski areas

  • Maori rock carvings – fascinating carvings accessible only from the water
  • Scenic flights

  • Events – Taupo is host to several events for endurance junkies including the annual Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge which sees over 11,000 cyclists take on the lake’s 160 km circumference

Air New Zealand operates daily flights to Taupo linking it with 26 other destinations on its domestic network. For information and to book flights to Taupo visit


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