Lake Taupo – according to Māori legend, the North Island’s heart – is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. The lake was created by an ancient volcanic eruption, and the land around it is full of natural thermal springs, bubbling mud and steam vents bursting through the Earth’s thin crust.
On the lake’s edge, Taupo township has dramatic mountain views and is the ideal base for visitors wanting to explore a landscape that offers something year-round for all kinds of active adventure and for 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 the area's outstanding volcanic features.