Lake Taupo

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.
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. 


The town of Taupo sits at the edge of Australasia's largest lake, and 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. 


The Lake

Beautiful Lake Taupo is actually a huge volcano with a fiery history. 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 on the geothermal walkway 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. 

Taupo is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. 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 history.



Adam Bryce


If you look at a map of the North Island, Lake Taupo stands out as the geographic centre. It's also where New Zealand trout fishing really took off, and from which the angling world started to hear tales of huge fish being caught by anyone with a rod and line. A whole slew of collectable angling books were written about the area. Today, anglers still arrive to fish the same tributaries that feed Lake Taupo. The most impressive and historical location is the mighty Tongariro River where parts of the river are a great base for numerous smaller trout streams.

Many anglers will say that they feel like they are fishing in a tropical paradise when they throw out a line on one of the central North Island rivers. With their fern-lined banks dripping with moisture and mountainous backdrop, time stands still. Helicopter trips from Lake Taupo into the world-famous backcountry rivers are guaranteed to make your stay even more unique, and create-once-in-a-lifetime moments.


Huka Falls

At Huka Falls you can witness the phenomenon of natural hydro power - more than 220,000 litres of water per second.

The Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, moves gracefully north from Lake Taupo between banks 100 metres apart. Just before Huka Falls, it enters a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock. The effect is nature's large-scale equivalent of a fire hose feeding into a very fine nozzle. The previously placid waters roar and rumble at great speed along the ravine before bursting into space out over Huka Falls to crash into the turbulent pool 11 metres below. A foot bridge right at the top of the falls puts you in a prime position to get up close and witness the frightening display of more than 220,000 litres of water blasting by every second. If you'd like to see the power and fury of the falls up close, try a jet boat ride.


The Infinity Experience

Sky-diving Scene
Taupo has the most tandem skydives of any location in the world, in terms of numbers of drops. In fact, Taupo is considered by many to be the skydiving capital of the world.

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