Lake Taupo - the North Island’s heart according to Māori legend - is the largest fresh water lake in Australasia. The lake was created in an ancient volcanic eruption, and the region is full of natural thermal springs, bubbling mud and steam vents bursting through the earth’s thin crust.
On the lake’s edge with mountain views, Taupo town is a base for visitors wanting to explore the regional highlights of a landscape that offers something year-round for every type of active adventure along with pure relaxation.
Huka Falls, New Zealand's most visited natural attraction, are on the Waikato River just north of Lake Taupo. South of the lake, Tongariro National Park has dual World Heritage status recognising important Māori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.