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Lake Taupo, North Island

4.8
#32 of 141 in Nature in North Island
Water Body Nature / Park
Lying in a caldera created thousands of years ago by a massive volcanic eruption, today Lake Taupo draws visitors with its wealth of sightseeing and recreational opportunities. The scenic lake ranks as New Zealand's largest by surface area, measuring 616 sq km (238 sq mi); naturally, there's plenty of room for water skiing, sailing, kayaking, and more. View the Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay from the water, or explore the shore along hiking and mountain bike trails next to the lake. For added excitement, look into skydiving or white-water rafting; alternatively, slow down the pace with a fishing trip or a dip into a natural thermal pool. The range of activities and onsite amenities ensure lots of fun for visitors of all ages. Our Taupo trip generator makes visiting Lake Taupo and other Taupo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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(Taupo is the nearest city to Lake Taupo)

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  • A magnificent lake wirh a long walk option. Water is crystal clear and the ducks around the resort where we stayed kept kids thrilled.  more »
  • Primarily came here to do the skydive (its the cheapest place to do skydive), but was cancelled due to the weather conditions. So we had lunch at this beautiful lake surrounded with a huge place of cu...  more »
  • Lake Taupo, then so will not clean like Rotorua, because there are people walking. But that very beautiful views
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Where to stay in Taupo

As a resort town, Taupo offers a diversity of accommodations. Boutique, luxury, and spa hotels are easily found in the town center, while some of the more luxurious options are set farther out in secluded spots reachable by car or taxi. Backpacker hostels and rental apartments provide good options for those wanting to get up into the mountains, or out onto the lake to enjoy the activities.
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