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Lake Taupo, North Island
(4.7/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Spent 2 days with family doing all the touristy bits which are all so close by. We stayed close to the lakeside in a motel. We went on the pleasure cruise to the see the carvings, the waterfalls, the ...  more »
  • Our arrival was in pouring rain and it was still a beautiful sight A lovely place to visit and this lake in an extinct volcanoes Caldera is something to see. Lots of quality choices for motel style ac...  more »
  • Had a great day out at Lake taupo, coming from overseas the lake is like an ocean, around the area there are great play parks for kids, great restaurants, lovely shops had a fantastic time and it real...  more »
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  • Such a great place. Incredible view, great restaurants around the place and a lot of activities to do.
  • Taupo is one of the best places I have been to in NZ for compactness of town & attractions. This is my 8th time from the UK. Lakeside and shops excellent, wish I could retire here..
  • Wonderful lake
  • The largest lake in NZ. Perfect place to camp and water sports
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