Taupo (pronounced TOH-paw) is nestled on the shores of Lake Taupo in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. It lies in the southern Waikato Region, and has a current population of 22,300 (June 2010 estimate).
Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest fresh water Lake, and is equivalent in size to Singapore – measuring 46 km long and 33 km wide.
Visitors come for the scenery and action-packed adventure
, which are accompanied by a genuinely friendly local culture. The lakeside community is alive with great places to eat, drink and party
Trout fishing should be on your menu of things to do, because this region is one of the last true wild trout fisheries in the world. Local guides will soon get you hooked, and there are plenty of restaurants happy to cook your catch.
Lake Taupo's geothermal attractions include geysers, steaming craters, boiling mud pools and some of the largest silica terraces in the world. Other special experiences include the walk to Huka Falls
, a game of golf at Wairakei and kayaking to the Maori carvings at Mine Bay
. Taupo is also the home to New Zealands most visited natural attraction, the Huka Falls, which is pouring 220,000 litres of water per second into the Waikato River.
The bustling resort town of Taupō is an ideal base for exploring: restaurants
options abound; there are numerous art and craft galleries and hot thermal pools for relaxing. Or just sit back and enjoy a coffee on the lakefront as you take in morning sunshine sparkling on Lake Taupō against a backdrop of volcanic mountains.