Lake Taupo region attracts both Kiwi and foreign visitors all year round with a vast diverse landscape and activities galore. Bush clad mountains, geothermal hot spots, serene lakes and striking volcanic terrain.
Slap bang in the middle of the North Island Taupo lies at the north eastern end of Lake Taupo the biggest lake in Australasia and formed by a volcanic explosion in AD 186. On a clear day the distant volcanic peaks of Mount Tongariro and Ngauruhoe and the snow capped Ruapehu in the Tongariro National Park provide a spectacular backdrop to the lake.
Lake Taupo has a staggering number of activities to choose from all year round and is tagged as the Skydiving capital of New Zealand but thousands more come here specifically for the abundance of brown and rainbow trout fishing, which extends south to Turangi and the Tongariro River. It has an enviable reputation for the quality and fighting spirit of its fish.
Lake Taupo offers many more activities, kayaking, canoeing, wind surfing, scenic flights or sailing and for the adrenaline junkies to get their fix, there is sky diving, bungy jumping, jet boating, water skiing and wake boarding.
There are also plenty of land based activities to keep you occupied, enjoy a wander around the town centre, stroll to the lake side or sample New Zealand cuisine in one of the lively cafes or restaurants.
To the north of Taupo you’ll find a concentrated collection of national wonders within a few minutes of each other. Boiling mud and hissing steam harnessed by the Wairakei power station and the clear, blue Waikato River, or visit Orakei Korako Taupo’s best geothermal attraction. Huka Falls which are New Zealands’s best-known and most photographed water falls, Aratiatia Rapids an outstanding scenic feature of the Waikato River where water is released through the dam 4 times a day showing to visitors the natural path along which the river once flowed. Jet boating to the base of these falls is a truly magical experience.
Ensure you have allowed enough nights to experience all that Lake Taupo has to offer with a host of activities from exploring the geothermal reserves, experience a cultural evening with traditional Hangi, Hire a kayak on the lake, or set sail to the Maori Carvings, and numerous rivers and lake locations for the fly fisherman. There’s a host of activities from adrenalin to a little more sedate and at the end of the day take a relaxing soak at Taupo’s DeBrett Hot pools there is something to see and do to suit everyone.
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