Lake Taupo, North Island

4.7
#38 of 202 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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  • We really enjoyed our walk down at the lake. The swans were friendly, the rocks were interesting and very unique. They are true pumice from the last volcanic eruption.  more »
  • It’s definitely one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever been to. These pics were taken at Waitetoko rest area, along State Highway 1  more »
  • There are many things to do here but perhaps it is also a place to just unwind and not feel you have to swamp yourself with adrenaline. The lake itself is beautiful and to see locals finish work and t...  more »
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  • This is one of the most famous tourist place in North Island. Beautiful area & lake is just next to the Taupo town center. We had our lunch under the green shadow on the lake shore. You can swim in the lake if you are visiting in summer. And also be aware of the birds that's approaching you asking for the foods be careful. Sometimes they aggressive. You can easily buy the foods from the shops across the road & have it on the lake shore. There are lots of water activities going on there too.
  • First time at Taupo in 20 years and I wish I had never left. It ticked all our box's and we loved it. Stay and have fun for a few days.
  • Beautiful Wonderful, Definitely recommend if you want a nice relaxing holiday.
  • EXCELLENT PLACE BESIDE THE LAKE AT THE SOUTHERN END OF TAUPO. BOAT RAMP WHARF. TOILET FACILITIES AND CAMPER R.V. DISPOSABLE WASTE STATION. ALSO PICNIC TABLES. CHOICE AREA.
  • Great lake, wish I had brought a tent and I would have gotten a camping site by the lake instead of a hotel.
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15 days in North Island BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in New Zealand & Solo BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in North Island BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in North Island BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA September, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in North Island BY A USER FROM SPAIN December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 7 days in North Island BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Waikato Region BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 42 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CAMEROON June, outdoors, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA August, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM CANADA February, outdoors, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: February, outdoors, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Taupo BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND June, teens, outdoors, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, outdoors, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in New Zealand BY A USER FROM INDIA November, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
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