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Natural phenomena abound here in the Taupo District – come and experience it for yourself
‘The volcanoes of the Taupo Volcanic Zone created our landforms and lakes…’
Lake Taupo (Taupo-nui-a-tia) is a volcanic crater as big as Singapore! The lake covers 616 square kilometers and its fresh waters are home to billions of trout. You’ll find secluded bays around her perimeter, beaches of pumice natural ‘hot pools’ which exist at many spots on the lakes edge. Fourty-seven rivers and streams (providing vastly varied scenery) feed into Lake Taupo, while there is only one outlet – the mighty Waikato River.
Fire and Ice
The volcanoes of the Taupo Volcanic Zone created our environment – understanding how this shaped our landforms and lakes will help you better appreciate the forces of nature.
Here you’ll find some of New Zealand’s purest, untouched, unspoilt, uncrowded country. A few minutes south of the Lake is Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s first national park and a World Heritage Area. It was created in 1887 when it’s three big volcanoes – Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe – were gifted to New Zealand by the Ngati Tuwharetoa people. Drive right around the lot on the famous Volcanic Loop Highway. See them from above on a breathtaking scenic flight. Or if you want to get real close, the 17km Tongariro Crossing is considered the best one day hike in New Zealand.
At the Pureora Forest Park you can walk through ancient rainforest so untouched, some of New Zealand’s rarest flora and fauna still thrive here. To the east of the Lake, the Kaimanawa Forest Park contains vast ancient beech forests.
Several times a day, the spillway is opened at the Aratiatia Dam. 90,000 litres of water gushes through per second, causing the Aratiatia Rapids to come alive – it surely is a sight you must see.
Even more impressive is the thundering waters of Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction. This omnipotent waterfall can be seen from a number of viewing platforms, each providing a breath-stopping view of 220,000 litres of water (per second!) tumbling over a cliff face.
Volcanic activity can be found everywhere in our region. Visit the Craters of the Moon for an other-worldly experience. Steam hisses through vents in the earth, while mud pools and volcanic craters bubble. The Craters of the Moon landscape sprang up in the 1950’s and is ever-changing, as the earth gives way to potent thermal activity beneath
Natural phenomena abound here in the Taupo District – come and experience it for yourself.