Lake Taupo Wairakei Resort Taupo

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Lake Taupo

Formed after an enormous volcanic eruption approximately 27,000 years ago, expansive Lake Taupo teems with fish and is surrounded by beech forests. With its mild climate, alpine scenery and attractions such as Huka Falls and the nearby Tongariro National Park, it has become a tourist hub attracting more than 2 million visitors each year. The town hosts an annual bicycle race around the lake, as well as skydiving and an iron man endurance event. The area is also known for its ancient Maori rock carvings, extreme mountain bike trails and geothermal pools. While fishing remains popular on the lake, activities like kayaking, water skiing and sailing also attract visitors from around the world. In the spring and winter, outdoor enthusiasts base themselves in Taupo to experience skiing on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu, an active volcano to the south of the lake.

Lake Taupo

GPS coordinates: -38.798160952266, 175.91365462422
Address: Taupo District, Waikato Region, North Island Website: http://www.greatlaketaupo.com/
GPS coordinates: -38.6352136, 176.0877403
Designed by John Harris, Michael Wolveridge and Peter Thomson, a 5-time winner of the Open Championship, this historic course opened in 1970 as the country's only internationally recognised course. In…
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GPS coordinates: -38.648617609104, 176.09002590179
The Huka Falls are New Zealand's most popular natural attraction. As the Waikato River leaves Lake Taupo, it narrows from 100 metres wide into a channel only 15 metres across.…
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GPS coordinates: -38.645153, 176.0690585
Wairakei Tourist Park offers attractions and activities that appeal to all ages. Aside from thrilling jet-boat rides and mountain-biking trails, guests enjoy the Craters of the Moon geothermal walkway. This 45-minute…
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GPS coordinates: -38.63785, 176.089876
Huka Honey Hive has been a Taupo institution since the late 1980s and is now New Zealand's most important outlet where you can taste their range of honeys, honey ice…
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GPS coordinates: -38.662592621908, 176.14860534668
Discover the career of New Zealand's most famous racing driver with a trip to the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo. Although McLaren died young in a crash in 1970,…
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Outdoor enthusiasts are well catered for in the Wairakei Tourist Park. Once you've played golf, enjoyed a treatment in the spa and experienced the thrill of a lifetime on a…
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GPS coordinates: -38.629746818742, 176.10060030747
Young visitors will doubtless enjoy the pedal boats, aqua trikes and trout feeding at the Huka Prawn Park. Every prawn you catch is yours to cook on the barbecue and…
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The National Equestrian Centre was founded on a 90-acre site in Taupo by G.P. and Pat Donnelly in 1975. An equine training centre was added five years later, and courses were…
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