A travel guide to Taupo, New Zealand providing Taupo tourism and travel information with hotels, tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping, things to do and tours.
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Overview

The town of Taupo lies at the northeastern end of Lake Taupo. Located exactly in the middle of the North Island, the crystal-clear, bright blue waters make up the largest lake in New Zealand. Though not a fancy resort, the town of Taupo still attracts large numbers of vacationers year-round to take advantage of its excellent lake fishing for rainbow and brown trout, sailing and watersports, spectacular lake views, and local geothermal attractions. 

Don’t miss several of the area’s thermal attractions. Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley is located adjacent to the Wairakei Hotel and the Geothermal Power Project. The main features of this natural thermal spot are the steaming pools of boiling pink, gray, and brown mud, colorful rock formations, and the surprisingly cold Wairakei Stream that flows through this hot steamy area. Just down the road you’ll find the huge and highly developed Wairakei Geothermal Power Station. A vast underground water system, naturally heated by very hot, perhaps molten, rocks has been tapped. Conducted tours of the Powerhouse can be arranged.

The clear, refreshingly cold water of Lake Taupo is a joy for swimming, boating, or catching an elusive trout for dinner. Many agreeable swimming spots wait to be discovered along the waterfront beaches, especially at the lake edge about two km from town along Lake Terrace, where Waipahihi Hot Springs bubble up into the lake, noticeably warming the water when the lake is at a suitable height. One of the best places for swimming, boating, or fishing is west of Taupo at Acacia Bay. Lie on the sandy public beach and make some fine feathered friends with the local duck population, swim out to the pontoon, or hire one of the row boats, canoes, or motor boats from the friendly owners of the lodge across the road. 

There’s no better or cheaper way to see the lake or catch a fish than from a boat. Once you’re paddling or zooming around the lake, head west of the bay beyond several points, keeping fairly close to the shoreline, and you’ll see one of the highlights of New Zealand: the intricate and fabulous Maori rock carvings on the point at Mine Bay. It takes about an hour to row to the carvings.

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