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Explore Lake Taupō

Welcome to Lake Taupō – New Zealand’s largest lake (did you know it’s the size of Singapore?). But there’s more to see and do in Taupō than watersports, sailing and fishing. See below for inspiration on how to get the most out of your visit.

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The Tongariro Crossing

Nestled in Tongariro National Park, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is New Zealand’s most popular day walk - and one of the world’s top 10 best one day walks. Famous for its natural and cultural significance (and for being ‘Mordor’ in Lord of the Rings), this 8 hour hike takes you through stark volcanic surroundings, past bright emerald green lakes, and through ancient forests. Not to be missed!

Haka Lodge Taupo

Huka Falls

This is New Zealand’s most visited attraction - a thundering set of waterfalls that drains from Lake Taupō through a canyon only 15 metres across. Over 200,000 litres of water passes through Huka Falls every second. This is enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool every 11 seconds. You really have to see it to believe it!

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Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings

The huge Mine Bay Māori rock carving of Ngātoroirangi on Lake Taupō has been hailed as one of NZ’s most contemporary Māori artworks. Towering 14-metres above the deep water of Lake Taupō, the carving are only accessible by boat so you’ll need to book a boat cruise to admire this extraordinary carving.