The Great Lake Taupo region is 'Nature's Ultimate Playground’, centrally located in the middle of the North Island, it's an adventure and sporting mecca and a nature lover's paradise. The region is one of New Zealand's top tourist destinations with beautiful forests, volcanic mountains and the stunning Lake Taupo. It is the adventure capital of the North Island with jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking, snow activities (in winter) and skydiving on offer. Experience the raw beauty of the dual World Heritage area of Tongariro National Park on one of the many walks or simply relax in one of the region’s geothermal hot springs.
Taupo offers world class fishing and boating, but if you prefer more land-based activities there's plenty of walks, biking tracks, golf, geothermal attractions and hot pools. Snow-capped mountains, crystal clear waters, raging rapids, thermal hot springs and lush greenery are just some of the incredible natural attributes on offer here. The Great Lake Taupo region has something for everyone. Taupo is home to the majestic Huka Falls, the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand. Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake in the southern hemisphere – bigger than the size of Singapore, or 19 times Norfolk Island. There is nothing more luxurious than Huka Lodge, one of the top five luxury lodges in the world. Previous guests include The Queen and Elton John. Stay in Hilton Lake Taupo, the region's only 5-star international hotel. The original Terraces Hotel forms the Heritage Wing of the hotel and has been an iconic landmark since 1889.