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Introducing Lake Taupo Region

NZ’s largest lake, Lake Taupo, sits in the caldera of a volcano which began erupting about 300, 000 years ago. The caldera was formed by a collapse during the Oruanui eruption, about 26, 500 years ago, which threw out 750 cu km of ash and pumice, making Krakatoa (8 cu km) look like a pimple. The surrounding area is still volcanically active and, like Rotorua, has fascinating thermal areas.

Today the 606-sq-km lake and its surrounding waterways are serene enough to be the world’s trout-fishing capital. International trout-fishing tournaments are held on Lake Taupo annually on the Anzac Day long weekend (on or around 25 April), with much of the action centring around Turangi.

Well positioned by the lake, Taupo is a popular centre with visitors and has plenty of activities and facilities to cater for families and independent travellers alike.