Introducing Lake Taupo Region
NZ’s largest lake, Lake Taupo, sits in the caldera of a volcano that 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 last major cataclysm was in 180AD, shooting up enough ash into the atmosphere for the red skys to be noted by the ancient Romans and Chinese. The area is still volcanically active and, like Rotorua, has fascinating thermal hot spots.
Today the 606-sq-km lake and its surrounding waterways are serene enough to attract fishing enthusiasts from all around the world. Well positioned by the lake, both Taupo and Turangi are popular tourist centres. Taupo, in particular, has plenty of activities and facilities to cater for families and independent travellers alike.
Lake Taupo Region destination guides
Waikato River Jet Boat Ride from Taupo
Hold on tight during an exciting 30-minute jet-boat ride on the Waikato River! Spinning and speeding your way to Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most spectacular falls, see the country’s beauty rapidly unfold as you zip past rugged cliffs and native bush. Round-trip transport is included from hotels in Taupo, approximately 50 miles (80 km) south of Rotorua on the shore of Lake Taupo.
Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter Flight, Scenic Cruise and Whitewater Rafting
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 four adrenaline-charged adventures (packaged in three combo options) allows you to do the activities that interest you.