Great Lake Taupo Facts

Test your knowledge base with these interesting facts and figures relating to the Great Lake Taupo region.

Huka Falls


  • Huka Falls is the most visited and photographed natural attraction in New Zealand.
  • Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia and is roughly the size of Singapore. The lake is the crater of one of the largest volcanic eruptions of the last 5000 years. Lake Taupo is a staggering 159 metres deep.
  • Skydiving is a popular activity in the Taupo area since Taupo has New Zealand’s largest commercial skydive drop zone. Taupo is the skydiving capital of the world with more than 30,000 jumps a year.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing


  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been noted as 'a life changing experience' by Lonely Planet and is one of the best one day walks in New Zealand and the world.
  • Tongariro National Park is a dual World Heritage site, recognised for both its outstanding volcanic landscape and its great cultural significance.
  • Mount Ruapehu is home to New Zealand’s largest ski area and is also an active volcano.
  • The Great Lake Trail, on the western shores of Lake Taupo, is regarded as the best grade three mountain bike trail in New Zealand, and can be enjoyed at any time of year due to the fast-draining pumice soil.

Fly Fishing on Lake Taupo


  • Opotaka (Home of the Haka), situated on the shores of Lake Rotoaira, in between the town of Turangi and the Tongariro National Park, is where Ka Mate, New Zealand’s most famous haka, was first performed.

  • Trout fishing in the Taupo region is one of the most popular activities people travel to the region specifically for. The first trout was caught in April 1904 weighing 1.36 kg.
  • The Blue Duck (or Whio; Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos) is a unique threatened species of waterfowl endemic to New Zealand and can be found in some of the high-quality, fast flowing waterways of the region. 

Come explore and experience for yourself the amazing activities and attractions that the Great Lake Taupo region has to offer.

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