Located at the heart of New Zealand's North Island, Lake Taupo is both an incredible body of water and a popular holiday destination. Situated approximately 3.5 hours from Auckland and 4.5 hours from Wellington, the lake was created by a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago. The eruption was so big it darkened the skies in China and Europe, and created this spectacular lake which we now enjoy today.
Lake Taupo holidays are known for their snowy winter peaks, lush summertime forests and year round rugged volcanic mountains. This Lake Taupo travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your time in this region that is without doubt one of the most picturesque and unique areas in the world. Having featured in movies, most notably Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, some of Lake Taupo's iconic scenery, such as Mt Ngauruhoe and Tongariro National Park, forms part of the dual World Heritage area.
Located on the shores of the lake and surrounds, Lake Taupo accommodation offers everything from boutique properties to international hotel chains, luxury havens to affordable stays and all things in between. Ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars, Lake Taupo accommodation enjoys a postcard-perfect backdrop, with many rooms boasting panoramic views of the volcanic mountain peaks and the lake itself. Offering a great range of options to suit all travellers and budgets, Lake Taupo accommodation offers charming bed and breakfasts, self-catering holiday homes, spacious apartments, modern hotels and cosy motels, all conveniently close to a variety of the region's most popular attractions.
The incredible region of Lake Taupo is a mecca for nature-based attractions including boating and fishing, scenic cruising, kayaking, wakeboarding, white water rafting and geothermal activity. Lake Taupo is the ultimate natural playground, with access to some truly unique attractions like the Craters of the Moon boiling mud pools, geysers and steaming craters. However, perhaps one of the most famous attractions is the might Huka Falls, a breathtaking waterfall just north of Lake Taupo where over 220,000 litres of water falls each second. Famous for its trout fishing, Turangi features the world's largest natural trout fishery and is also the ideal base for exploring the must-see Tongariro National Park and Tongariro Alpine Crossing.