Taupo District

New Zealand’s largest lake, smack bang in the middle of the North Island, is the result of a massive volcanic eruption that shook the globe.

Great Lake Taupo is as big as Singapore. Bubbling mud pools and hot thermal currents still hint at the dramatic way the ancient lake was created. Snow-capped volcanic peaks loom on the horizon, a constant reminder of the force of Mother Nature. Break her spell by sailing, water skiing or kayaking over the lake’s deep-blue surface. Or, show you’ve come in peace and check out the magnificent Māori rock carvings in Mine Bay.