The jewel in our crown is stunning Lake Taupo
As big as Singapore, our fresh-water lake is actually a volcanic crater, the result of the most violent eruption the world has seen in the last 5,000 years. The lake (and the 47 rivers and streams that feed it) is home to abundant Rainbow and Brown trout, and scores of beautiful pumice-sand beaches can be found along its perimeter.
The opportunities for scenic relaxation, leisure and adventure are endless in Taupo. Hire a kayak and set out to discover secluded bays and natural hot pools, or take your boat or kayak to the spectacular Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay. Jet-skiing, tubing, fishing, water-skiing, boating… it’s all waiting here for you to enjoy a perfect day out at Lake Taupo. Swim in the sparkling clear waters and picnic on the shore as you gaze across the lake’s massive expanse of beauty. Marvel at amazing geothermal sights which abound – craters hiss with steam from the depths of the earth, mud pools boil and bubble and natural mineral hot springs invite you to bathe.
The largest commercial ski field in New Zealand is a short drive away – and in winter and spring you can whizz down the snow-covered slopes of an active volcano!
The Lake Taupo region also offers a large choice of many great golf courses, including one of the world’s top 50, the Wairakei International Golf Course, and the new Jack Nicklaus Golf Course in Kinloch. Wairakei Resort Hotel also offers a 9 Hole Golf Course for your enjoyment.
It’s clear that whether you’re visiting in summer, winter, spring or autumn, in Taupo you’ll always find a multitude of activities and attractions to keep you busy.