Welcome to the New Zealand you've been waiting for, a picturesque landscape characterised as much by volcanic mountains as it is bodies of water and native forest. Much of it is thanks to the Taupo Volcanic Zone – a line of geothermal activity that stretches via Rotorua to Whakaari (White Island) in the Bay of Plenty. It’s beautiful, but it's what's on the inside that counts: thermal activity bubbling beneath the surface that's responsible for some of the North Island's star attractions, including the country's largest lake and the three snow-capped peaks of Tongariro National Park.
Thrill seekers are in for a treat – the area rivals Queenstown for outdoor escapades. And when the action finally exhausts you (or if you had a relaxing holiday in mind), try some therapeutic fly-fishing or soak the day away in a thermal bath. There's truly something for everyone in Taupo and the Ruapehu region.