According to Māori legend, Lake Taupo is the North Island’s heart. The largest freshwater lake in Australasia, it 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 year-round, offering all kinds of active adventures as well as 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.