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About the Taupo area

At the centre 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 a myriad of rivers and streams eminating from the great lake. Its majestic 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 people keen on fly 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 (New Zealand's winter is the opposite of USA and Europe from June to September), snow can come as early as June and if conditions are suitable, can last till late November.

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 waterbeauty treatments.