Lake Taupo, Turangi and Tongario townships form one of New Zealand’s most natural untouched regions full of things to do for families, couples and group holidays. Best known for its never-ending mountains and lush wilderness, tourists to Lake Taupo come all year round for adventure, local attractions, biking, fishing and golf, shopping, wining and dining, and of course beautiful walking and hiking trails.
Ever wanted to get up close to a real live volcano? Mt Ruapheu, New Zealand’s largest skiing area and active volcano, is the highest point in the sky visible from hotel rooms around the base of the district. This may be your best chance to walk around an active thermal area with mud pools, craters and steam in the Wairakei Tourist Park or even discover the beauty of the Tonario Alpine Crossing. Try trout fishing; did you know that the first trout fry were released into Lake Taupo? Today, the lake is one of the oldest true wild trout fisheries in the world, outsourcing its unadultered rainbow trout to some of the world’s best quality restaurants.
Have you ticked skydiving off your to-do list yet? With Taupo currently New Zealand’s largest commercialised skydive drop zone, skydiving is a must when you come down and visit. Also home to the largest lake in the country, make sure you make time to see the breathtaking Huka Falls, arguably the most photographed of all lakes and rivers across New Zealand. River rafting, scenic cruises, jet boating and rapids, 18-hole Wairakei International Golf Course and the Orakei Cave are also some of Taupo’s must-see attractions.