Lake Taupo

New Zealand

Situated in the volcanic heart of the North Island, the Lake Taupo region is home to New Zealand's largest fresh water lake and fascinating geothermal areas. The beautiful 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 in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents.


Just north of Lake Taupo you'll find New Zealand's most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.

Taupo is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience.

Key Tips

  • Lake Taupo township is located on State Highway 1, midway between Auckland and Wellington.
  • Lake Taupo's central location makes it an ideal base for exploring the attractions of the Central North Island.
  • Be adventurous - Lake Taupo has the largest tandem skydiving drop zone in the world, and other thrills abound.
  • Bring your walking shoes and explore geothermal areas, mountains and forests steeped in Maori folklore. 

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