Taupo & Tongariro

Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand when measured by surface area. It is actually a huge volcano which erupted back in 181 AD making itself known as far as China and Europe!

The town of Taupo is jam-packed full of activities and the nightlife isn’t too shabby! Taupo is home to one of the world’s most dramatic skydiving dropzones making it one of the most popular places to take the leap! There are also several other ways to tick off your bucket list with bungy jumping, skydiving, jet boating and whitewater rafting.

If adrenaline isn’t your thing and you prefer to take is a little easier why not take advantage of one of the many water sports available at Lake Taupo. Accessible only by water is one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary contemporary Māori artworks – the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. You won’t want to miss this mammoth piece of Māori culture which stands at 14 metres high!

It took Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell, plus four artists, four years to create this artwork and they finally completed it in 1980. The artwork was marked out using chalk and spray paint and then carved out by hand – wearing nothing but speedos and safety goggles!

Taupo is also a great place to stop if you plan to take on the Tongariro Crossing, which has been voted one of the Wolrd’s best one-day hikes, The Tongariro Crossing stretches for 19km and will provide you with some of the best volcanic landscape and lake views you’ve ever seen!

We recommend an Eco-Sail Day Tour or, if you’re feeling energetic, hire yourself a Half Day Maori Carvings Kayak Tour from Taupō Boat Harbour.

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*All pricing is in local currency (NZD)