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LAKE TAUPO


The Lake Taupo area is unique and inspiring...

The landscape surrounding Taupo was formed by volcanic action, which has created a natural wonderland of mountains, thermal springs and the stunning, biggest fresh water lake in Australasia: Lake Taupo. The great lake is one of New Zealand's recreational, cultural, adventure and sightseeing hotspots, offering a range of activities and leisure opportunities.  New Zealand’s longest river, The Waikato, starts its journey to the sea from the Northern end of Lake Taupo.  It roars over the majestic Huka Falls soon after it leaves lake Taupo, both a short drive from Chalet Eiger.  

Some of the best trout fishing in the world can be found here, while the Tongariro National Park offers pristine skiing, great hiking and many outdoor opportunities. Combined with geothermal hot springs and adventure activities such as sky diving and bungy jumping, Lake Taupo is an exceptional place. Unspoiled fresh air allows spectacular visibility, which coupled with the many varied landscapes in close proximity offers endless photography opportunities.

Only a short drive away you will find even more to enjoy, for instance these are some of our personal favourites:

Tongariro National Park: New Zealand’s oldest National Park, and the fourth National Park in the World.   It is a dual World Heritage Park, offering native flora & fauna, Turoa & Whakapapa ski fields, and many hikes and walks.  The Tongariro Crossing is one of the world's most popular full day-walks (1.5h drive).

Huka Falls & Jetboating: Hukafalls Jet in Taupo is the only jet boat company permitted to take you to the base of the mighty Huka Falls.Operating on this stretch of the river since 1990, The half hour of thrills, fun and excitement takes you along a beautiful river environment, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff faces and natural hot springs.

Chateau Tongariro: The elegant Cheateau Tongariro is located within Whakapapa Village - in the heart of Tongariro National Park and was constructed during the 'roaring twenties' and opened in 1929. Their afternoon teas are a must try. (1h drive)

Hawkes Bay: A major food and wine region, also known for its many Art Deco style buildings found in Napier and its attractive beaches. (2hrs drive).

Orakei Korako: Orakie Korako boasts the most active geysers of any geothermal park in New Zealand.  Up to 23 active natural geysers play freely through the area, which is constantly changing. Marvel at the number of boiling hot springs and the vibrant colours all around you, or take a native bushwalk through this untouched geothermal paradise. The Lonely Planet Guide describes Orakei Korako as "...arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand". (40m drive)

Rotorua: offers more volcanic activity with geysers, mud pools and spas. Maori cultural experiences can also be found here (1h drive).

Tauranga: Has one of New Zealand’s best surfing beaches, many kilometers of beautiful sand and world class salt water fishing (1.5h drive).

Waitomo Caves: Discover a subterranean wonderland with limestone caves and grottos. Waitomo is best known for the glow worm caves, black water rafting and abseiling (1.5h drive).

A big thank you to Destination Great Lake Taupo who provided us with some amazing images for this web site,
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