Discover Lake Taupo

Access awe-inspiring sites like Mine Bay’s Maori rock carvings by kayak or sailboat.

Centrally located in the middle of the North Island, the huge sparkling body of water is bounded by an enchanting region, brimming with exceptional sightseeing, adventure and leisure opportunities.

As Australasia’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Taupo is a watersports mecca. Boasting thousands of kilometres of coastline and numerous offshoot waterways, the Great Lake Taupo region has activities to entertain water enthusiasts of all persuasions. 

Cast a line out at Turangi and fish the world’s largest natural trout fishery. Access awe-inspiring sites like Mine Bay’s Maori rock carvings by kayak or sailboat. Enlist on an adrenaline-spiking white-water rafting adventure. Take a jet boat to the foot of the thundering Huka Falls. Swim in the Lake’s countless secluded coves and beaches. 

Adventure is not just restricted to the water; thrill-seekers can also enlist on a number of on and above land daredevil exploits. 

Take a leap of faith over the Waikato River with an exhilarating bungy jump. View the region with a spectacular bird’s-eye view on a skydiving, helicopter or floatplane escapade. Discover rugged and unspoilt bush lands on an off-beaten-track mountain bike ride.  Tramp a myriad of local national parks and uncover steep valleys, wide tussock terrain and grassy gorges.  

Created nearly two thousand years ago by a gigantic volcanic eruption, the Lake and its surrounds present several exceptional, one-of-a-kind natural sightseeing opportunities. 

Witness evidence of the Lake's fiery birth at the Craters of the Moon Scenic Reservea geothermal area of mud pools, craters, steaming geysers, and hot springs. Drive the Volcanic Loop, passing the filming location of Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings, Mount Ngauruhoe. Explore ancient landscapes and flora and fauna in the Whirinaki, Pureora and Kaimanawa Forest Parks.

While Lake Taupo is highly regarded for its outstanding adventure and sightseeing opportunities, the region is also a fantastic location for holidayers seeking a leisurely break filled with rest and relaxation.  

Enjoy a stroll or picnic along the Lake’s beautiful shoreline. Soak in a hot pool. Tee-off at one of six golf courses. Browse local boutiques. Sample the region’s geothermal prawns or Taupo beef. Follow the arts and crafts trail. Experience a local Māori cultural performance. Or simply indulge in the fresh air and tranquillity that comes with the territory.

Plan Your Lake Taupo Summer Sojourn

  • Flights to Lake Taupo: Virgin Australia operates flights to Auckland, which is a few hours drive away from Taupo. 
  • Lake Taupo Holiday Packages: Plan your Lake escape with expert help, Virgin Australia Holidays can tailor an exceptional Lake Taupo holiday package to suit your needs. 
  • Lake Taupo Hotels: Establish a great base from which to explore it all, with a wide choice of hotels on offer from Virgin Australia Holidays.
  • Lake Taupo Car Hire: Take to the road and discover the splendour of the Great Lake Taupo region with great deals on car hire with our partner Cartrawler.
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Words by Alice Nash - Published 6 January 2014
Quick Facts 
Population 1.415 million
Area 1,086 km2
Time Zone GMT +12
Languages English (official)
Currency New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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