Lake Taupo Holidays & Travel Guide

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.

Lake Taupo New Zealand

Lake Tuapo Accommodation

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.

Lake Taupo 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.

Lake Taupo Facts

Australasia's largest freshwater lake, Lake Taupo is more like an inland sea being roughly equivalent to the size of Singapore. The 159m deep lake is a crater that is the result of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the last 5,000 years. Recognised for its important cultural significance as well as its incredible volcanic landscape, Tongariro National Park is classified a dual World Heritage site. Famous for its trout fishing, the first trout caught in Lake Taupo was in April 1904 and weighed in at 1.36kg. Home to some truly unique wildlife, Lake Taupo is the only place you can find the threatened Blue Duck, which if you're lucky, can be spotted in some of the more fast flowing, higher quality waterways in the region.