Lake Taupo, North Island

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#36 of 204 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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  • At Taupo, Lake Taupo is probably one of the tourist attraction to visit. It looks beautiful against the sunset but the highlight for me is taking the boat out to see Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. At t...  more »
  • Arriving at the Lake you cant imagine just how big it is. Coming through the mountains and driving right around to the other side gives you an idea of just how big it is. The lake is stunning and ther...  more »
  • The origins of the Lake is scary (a huge explosion). Its location in front of the Tongariro mountain range with its active volcanoes is gorgeous. The landscape around the Lake is varied and interesting. On the Lake you can be sailing, motor boating, fishing, kayaking, or to pull with a parachute in the air.
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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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