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About the Great Lake Taupo region


Welcome to Great Lake Taupo



At the heart of the North Island lies the Great Lake Taupo region, undoubtedly one of the world’s most unique and picturesque areas. This popular tourist destination boasts the largest freshwater lake in Australasia and its mountains are most famous internationally for being featured as the ominous Mt Doom in the Lord of The Rings trilogy.

This active volcanic and geothermal region is a sporting and nature paradise, especially for boaties and people keen on trout fishing. Lots of activities are centred in and around the Lake and the many rivers and tributaries that feed into it. World class trout fishing, scenic cruises, kayaking, sailing and summer time swimming are all popular with locals and visitors alike.

It is an adventure lover’s playground as featured by the Lonely Planet, with every kind of adrenaline pumping activity you can imagine. Take your pick from jet boating, kayaking, white water rafting, sky-diving, motor-racing and bungy jumping.

For those looking for snow-based activities, ski season is roughly during the months of July to September but snow can come as early as June and if conditions are suitable, can last till late November. Do take advantage of these winter months to head on up to the mountain for a bout of fun in the snow with the entire family.   

If relaxation and leisure is more your style, enjoy strolls and picnics along the lake, boutique shopping, gourmet cafes with gorgeous mountain and lake views, soaking in hot pools and pampering yourself with thermal water beauty treatments

Have a browse through our website as there are plenty of ideas on things to do, places to stay, where to shop & dine, happening events and most important of all, great deals and packages.

See you in the Great Lake Taupo region soon!  

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How to say Taupo

How do you say Taupo? Taupo is pronounced Toe-Paw

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