Not only New Zealand’s largest lake, but the second largest in all of Australasia, the vast Lake Taupo is the aquatic heart of New Zealand’s North Island. The 606-square-kilometer lake lies in the caldera of an ancient volcano that erupted over 26,000 years ago and is surrounded by one of the country’s largest geothermal areas, dotted with bubbling mud pools and eerie lava-rock ravines.

While geyser spotting and soaking in thermal pools are popular pastimes for visitors to the lakeside city of Taupo, the lake itself also offers an abundance of tourist activities. Make the most of the warm waters at the beaches and swimming areas dotted around the lake; take to the water in a boat or kayak; or try your hand at windsurfing and jet boating on the lake or the Waikato River. You don’t have to get wet to take in views of the lake either – the Taupo region is a hotspot for adventure activities so pluck up some courage and take to the skies for a helicopter ride, paragliding tour, skydiving excursion or a water-brushing bungee jump.

Lake Taupo is also renowned as one of the world’s trout fishing capitals, with large schools of brown trout and rainbow trout residing in the waters. The lake is famous for its annual international trout-fishing tournament held on Anzac Day and tourists can get in on the action too, with a number of options for trout-fishing cruises.

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Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter Flight, Scenic Cruise and Whitewater Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take this action-packed challenge in Taupo that will have you experiencing the best of the North Island’s great outdoors from the water and sky! A choice of ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $143.89

Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings and around the picturesque bays of Lake Taupo. A full commentary is given on the volcanic history and Maori mythology ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.29

3-Day Waitomo Caves, Rotorua and Taupo Trip from Auckland

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Discover the best attractions of the North Island on this 3-day trip from Auckland. See thousands of tiny glowworms on an underground boat ride at Waitomo ...  Read more

Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $857.16

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