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Intro to Taupo, New Zealand

 

Lake Taupo, made up of 619 square kilometers of fresh water, is the heart of the North Island, and New Zealand's largest lake. The lake is the main focus of the region, being one of the last true wild trout fisheries left in existence as well as providing the perfect venue for a number of water based activities.

A few thousand years ago the sun in China was blocked out by ash and debris from the volcanic eruption that created Lake Taupo, and today the region is dotted with volcanoes. Visitors to Taupo will find easy access to geothermal fields, steaming geysers and boiling mud pools by travelling a few minutes north to Wairakei.

Things to do in Taupo:

Summer or winter, Lake Taupo is an attractive vacation destination. Over 100 years since trout were first introduced to Lake Taupo, trout fishing has become a key attraction for the region.

Hot mineral springs that have soothed aches and pains for centuries are a popular attraction. In both Taupo itself, and the village of Tokaanu near Turangi, visitors can find the opportunity to take a dip and let their troubles melt away.

Winter sports and other outdoor adventure activities also attract visitors to the region, but for those looking to take it easy next to a beautiful lake; Taupo has some great cafes and interesting shops to browse through.

The magnificent Huka Falls is nearby providing visitors with brilliant picnic spots and well marked nature walks.

The Pureora Forest Park found on the western side of the lake is a rare opportunity for visitors wishing to glimpse some of New Zealand's rare birds, such as the kaka.

New Zealand's first National Park can be found south of Lake Taupo. Tongariro National Park was created in 1887 and has since become a World Heritage area. It is made up of three awe inspiring volcanoes, Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngaruhoe, all gifted to the people of New Zealand enabling the National Park's creation by the Ngati Tuwharetoa people.

Main towns in the Taupo Region:

? Taupo - main centre in the Lake Taupo region
? Turangi - the North Island's trout fishing capital

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