Lake Taupo, North Island

4.8
#34 of 203 in Nature in North Island
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. Make Lake Taupo part of your personalized Taupo itinerary using our Taupo trip planner .
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  • October 9, 2017
    This could be a beautiful place to visit if only some of the boat owners would clean up their act. It has all the makings of a beauty spot, an easy walk from the town, with lots of activity especially...  more »
  • September 14, 2017
    Great town. Amazing lake. Amazing shopping. Lots of pubs n motels. Get a motel with your own thermal hot tub.  more »
  • September 12, 2017
    We stayed in Taupo for 5 days and explore the area.Lake itself is majestic. Plenty of places to dine in front of lake. Three and half hour drive from Auckland is easy. We went to thermal wonderland in...  more »

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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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