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Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo is the unique spot where you can find snow, fresh breeze, volcanoes, rivers and sparkling lakes.

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo

Facts

Population
Lake Taupo 24,000
Turangi 6,000

Climate
Summer 23
Winter 12

Driving Distances
Auckland to Taupo is 280km?s approx 4 hours drive
Wellington to Taupo is 370kms approx 5 hours
Rotorua to Lake Taupo is 82km approx 1 hour drive
Hamilton to Taupo is 155kms approx 2 hours

Attractions

  • Tongariro World Heritage National Park (New Zealand?s oldest national park) ? see the three superb volcanoes – Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe
  • Lake Taupo is a popular spot for Trout Fishing, sailing and swimming, also referred to as Trout Paradise
  • Wairakei geothermal area
  • Taupo visitor information centre is an attraction in itself open from 8.30am-5pm daily
  • The amazing Huka Falls, you won’t want to leave. You can even Enjoy a 30 minute Huka Jet Jetboat ride
  • The Aratiatia Rapids which is a controlled water release from the hydroelectric dam
  • Craters of the moon
  • Visit the marina in Town and see the dazzling crystal clear water that flows from the lake.
  • Lots of outdoor attractions including such as white water rafting, snorkelling, kayaking and lots more

Activities

  • For those fishing lovers you can enjoy Trout fishing in the Lake. Taupo is also referred to as Trout Paradise
  • Experience the Maori carvings via a lake cruise
  • Visit the Taupo Volcanic activity centre where you can see researchers monitoring the volcanic zone. Entry is free
  • Taupo Hot Springs and the AC Baths
  • Try out quad biking, kayaking, bungee jumping, jet boating and lots more.
  • Take a scenic tour by helicopter

Events

6th August – Levene Half Marathon – New Zealand’s biggest half marathon
25 August – Kinloch Fishing Competition
16 September – Powerade Day-Night Thriller
14 November – International Six Day Enduro (ISDE)

Did you know?

  • The lake was formed by a huge volcanic eruption in 181AD ? the most violent eruption anywhere in the world within the past 5000 years.
  • Lake Taupo is the biggest lake in Australasia. and as big as Singapore Island.
  • Trout were introduced to the Taupo region in 1898.
  • More than 220,000 litres of water flows on top of Huka Falls every second.

Author: nztravelguide

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