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The largest lake in New Zealand, Lake Taupo is known for its trout, Maori rock carvings, white-water rafting, jet boat rides and views of the volcanic Tongariro National Park.

Widely known as the trout fishing capital of the Southern Hemisphere, Lake Taupo abounds with rocky coves, white pumice beaches and sheltered inlets that can only be reached by boat.

It’s the starting point for fishing trips, jet boat rides on the famous ‘Huka Jet’ and white water rafting trips on the surrounding rivers.

Lake Taupo scenic cruise

Lake Taupo, New ZealandA cruise across majestic Lake Taupo takes visitors to the impressive Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, as well as visiting other points of scenic and historical interest around the lake shores.

On a clear day, the views across the deep blue waters to the impressive volcanoes of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe are unsurpassable.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Taupo

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Taupo, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Accommodation choices for Lake Taupo

We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Taupo. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

Ideas for experiencing Lake Taupo

Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Lake Taupo, and which use the best local guides.

Map of Lake Taupo

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    Places near Lake Taupo