Activities to do around Great Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo is Australasia’s largest fresh water lake. To give you an idea, it’s the same size as the whole of Singapore. The lake was created many years ago by a massive volcanic eruption and there are many Maori tales and legends told about this region.

Due to its central location, the Great Lake is a perfect base for discovering the wide variety of New Zealand’s beautiful and versatile North Island. With the stunning mountain peaks as a backdrop, Lake Taupo and its surrounding area offers visitors one of the North Island’s most extraordinary natural attractions.

While staying in Great Lake Taupo, you will be spoilt for choice! Land Activities, Water Activities and fun things to do for Families, Groups and the Action Adventurer in all of us.

Land Activities

The Lake Taupo region is famous for its land based adventure activities such as bungy jumping, jet boating, mountain biking and trekking and skiing on the majestic Mount Ruapehu. With hundreds of tranquil scenic walks, golfing, bird watching in the bush and the many natural guided tours available, the activities are endless!

Water Activities

Lake Taupo is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the largest freshwater lake by surface area in Oceania.

Lake Taupo has a perimeter of approximately 193 kilometres, a deepest point of 186 metres. It is drained by the Waikato River (New Zealand’s longest river), while its main tributaries are the Waitahanui River, the Tongariro River, and the Tauranga Taupo River.

This makes the Great Lake a perfect place to spend your holiday. With many great swimming spots and there are thermal “hot” spots if that is more for you. Pure adrenaline is in abundance too. Windsurfing, water skiing, wake-boarding and parasailing add life and color to the lake from sunrise to sunset during the warm weather.

Fly fishing


Maori Culture

Huka Jet

Sky Diving

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