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The Great Lake Taupo region is one of the world’s most unique and picturesque areas. It is defined geographically by an ancient volcanic landscape, the largest freshwater crater lake in Australasia, geothermal attractions, and the mountains and ski areas of Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage National Park.

Great Lake Taupo is a popular year-round tourist destination. Visitors come to discover the postcard-like scenery as well as the huge range of adventure and adrenalin activities on offer like bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, whitewater rafting and mountain biking.

Many of the region’s activities are centred on and around Lake Taupo and the Tongariro River, including scenic cruises, kayaking adventures, sailing trips, parasailing, jet skiing, trout fishing and boating.

The region is home to more of New Zealand’s best visitor attractions than any other region. This list of mustsee attractions includes:

The region is also known as the events capital of New Zealand, hosting many national and international sporting events throughout the year. Some of Taupo’s iconic events include the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IRONMAN NZ, the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, the Taupo Summer Concert and Wanderlust.

Great Lake Taupo’s central location and accessibility makes it the ideal place for a whole host of events throughout the year.

Those looking for a relaxing experience while visiting this stunning region will love the many geothermal hot pools, spas and geothermal walks, the beautiful lakeside Great Lake Walkway, and the extensive range of boutique-style stores in Taupo town centre.

Whether you are traveling on your own, with friends, family or in a group, there is an itinerary to suit everyone in Great Lake Taupo. In fact, there is so much to do that you will wish you had longer to stay in the beautiful heart of the North Island.

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