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This is the Taupo region. The heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s beautiful North Island.
At the centre of our region is sparkling Lake Taupo, the great inland sea of New Zealand. As you travel around the lake, you will find every landscape you can imagine. Snow-blanketed winter ski fields and alpine deserts. Ancient forests alive with birdsong. Trout-filled rivers and the thundering Huka Falls. Steaming geothermal valleys with rejuvenating hot springs. Three towering volcanoes in the awesome and otherworldly landscape of Tongariro National Park.
Discover what makes people #LoveTaupo.
In rolling hill country behind Taupō, cattle receive the same kind of treatment as the award-winning beer that springs from the Cooper farm. Farmer James Cooper reckons quality and consistency are essential whether he’s fattening a Simmental heifer or bottling a Lakeman Brewing beverage. He claims hard graft is needed to produce superior bovines and sublime beverages, and that both rely on pristine water sources.
In 90 seconds, Taupo fisherwoman and adventurer Libby O’Brien can cycle from her house to the lakefront. From there, it’s a 15-minute ride to her senior role at the Department of Conservation office. Within half an hour, she can pedal to her favourite mineral hot pools to soak away aches after an active weekend of fly fishing, boating, skiing and – more often than not - falling off her mountain bike.Find out more
For nearly 100 years, the Huka Lodge kitchen has fed guests who come from around the world to catch trout in the luminescent blue-green Waikato River beside the luxury lodge. For five years, chef Paul Froggatt has led Huka Lodge’s kitchen.Find out more