Lake Taupo

New Zealand's Great Lake

Located in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island lies the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. A land of fire and ice, Lake Taupo, a stunning natural cauldron, is ringed by snow-capped mountains, and surrounded by geothermal ‘hot spots’, such as bubbling mud pools, fumaroles and hot springs.

The activities available in the area are as diverse as the landscape itself. Marvel at the breathtaking geothermal scenery, stunning waterfalls and World Heritage-listed forest reserves, as you drive, cycle, horse ride, sail, paddle or trek round the iconic lake. You’ll see spectacular steaming cliffs, geysers, boiling lakes, bubbling mud pools and many thermally heated hot pools, as well as the mighty Huka Falls, one of New Zealand’s most-visited natural attractions.

Adrenalin seekers are not left out either, with activities ranging from bungy jumping, skiing, mountain biking, rafting, and jet boating.

If more leisurely pursuits are your flavour, then you can bask in natural hot springs, play a round of golf at one of six local courses, or dip your rod and fish for some famous Lake Taupo trout.

For culture lovers, kayak or cruise to secluded Mine Bay on the shores of Lake Taupo and view the famous Maori rock carvings. Local guides will explain the meaning of the carvings, which depict characters and stories from Maori oral history.

Insiders' Tips

  • Outdoor Experiences: The geothermal attraction known as Craters of the Moon lies in an area of outstanding mountain bike and horse riding trails.
  • Take the Plunge into the Fresh Blue Waters of Lake Taupo at Bulli Point: There are three ledges popular with locals, the highest is drop is 7 metres.
  • Paddle to Maori Rock Carvings.: The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay on Lake Taupo are over 10 metres high and are only accessible by boat.
  • Huka Falls: Visit the majestic Huka Falls, which are more horizontal than vertical, but with the most beautiful clear blue water you are likely to encounter anywhere.
  • Cruise: Take a scenic cruise on this beautiful blue lake. In some places you can see the trout swimming over stones on the bottom.
  • Natural Spa: Take a dip in the naturally hot water at Spa Park where the hot Otumuheke Stream meets the Waikato River.

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