The heart of Central North Island, Taupō is a place of extraordinary natural beauty and wonder. At its centre is a vast, sparkling lake – the great inland sea of New Zealand – lying in an ancient volcanic caldera born from one of the world’s most spectacular eruptions.

It’s a paradise for those who love nature and adventure, with an incredible range of unique landscapes found in the three-hour drive around the lake. There are trout-filled rivers offering some of the best fly-fishing in the world, both close to the lake and in the beautiful rural back-country. Taupō’s ancient forests, alive with rare native birds, are crossed with scenic walks and bike trails, and the region’s steaming geothermal valleys with natural hot springs are a traditional place of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Each of Taupō’s trio of awe-inspiring volcanoes has a unique character. New Zealand’s largest ski fields are found on Mt Ruapehu, which also draws hikers to its peak in summer. The full-day Mt Tongariro Crossing is an unforgettable alpine hike across a cratered volcanic moonscape of gemstone-coloured mineral pools and steaming vents in the heart of the dual-listed UNESCO heritage site of Tongariro National Park. And Mt Ngauruhoe’s classic cone shape scored it a starring role as the fiery Mt Doom in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.

With welcoming resort towns, bustling lakeside villages and world-class luxury lodges to stay in, adventure, discovery and wonder lie just outside every door in Taupō.


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