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Lake Taupo, New Zealand

At the heart of New Zealand’s central volcanic plateau sits the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, Lake Taupo. This huge, shining expanse of water, moving between aquamarine blue and jade green, is crystal-clear to a depth of 13 metres. It is home to one of the best wild trout fisheries in the world, more than 30 species of water bird, several types of native fish and native koura (crayfish).

It’s known by local tangata whenua (‘people of the land’) as Taupō Moana, the 'inland sea of New Zealand'.

It’s known by local tangata whenua (‘people of the land’) as Taupō Moana, the 'inland sea of New Zealand'.

Most days, the lake is beautifully calm, but its creation was one of the most spectacularly violent natural events in history. The gigantic Oruanui eruption, 27,000 years ago, shot volcanic debris 50km into the air, covered the North Island in a thick layer of volcanic ash, and created the caldera that is now the lake.

It’s New Zealand’s largest lake (and Australasia’s), with a surface area about the same size as Singapore.

It’s New Zealand’s largest lake (and Australasia’s), with a surface area about the same size as Singapore.

You can enjoy fishing charters, scenic boat tours, waterskiing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and the extraordinary Ngātoroirangi Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings. The Great Lake Trails, which are part of Ngā Haerenga - The New Zealand Cycle Trails network, run around the shoreline.

Lake Taupō has a steep drop-off from the shore to an average depth of 100m, and plunges to 186m at its deepest point.

In the mornings Lake Taupo can be shrouded in mist, which usually rolls back by midday to reveal the sparkling waters beneath. The surface of the lake is often dotted with pale balls of pumice, a volcanic rock so light it floats on water.

Lake Taupō's Western Bays
Lake Taupō's Western Bays

Lake Taupo's Western Bays

While Taupo town lakefront and the southern parts near Tokaanu and Tūrangi are popular spots for cruising, fishing and swimming in Lake Taupō. There are hidden gems to discover across this massive and stunning body of water.

Etched between the lakeside settlement of Kinloch, twisting along the Great Lake Trails and onto the shores of Waihaha, are the Western Bays. With ancient volcanic gorges, towering cliffs, majestic waterfalls and vivid blue waters, the Western Bays are a remote but spectacular part of Lake Taupo.

Take a full scenic tour with Venture Beyond - powered by Taxicat or hire a fishing charter to enjoy its secluded fishing spots. You can even book kayaks to get up close and personal with its incredible scenery. However you choose to explore, you'll experience Lake Taupo like never before.

Explore Lake Taupō's Western Bays

  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Private Fishing Charters

    Fish for Trout with the experts. Chris Jolly Outdoors have been taking clients fishing on Lake Taupo for more than 30 years. We have 4 launches to choose from and can cater for groups up to 140 people - all our fishing trips are private charters.

    $500 - $750
  • Boat cruises

    Taxicat Adventures - Western Bays Adventurer

    Let us connect you to the hidden treasures that are the Western Bays of Lake Taupō. Towering cliffs, hidden ravines, waterfalls and sandy bays are a snapshot of what your adventure might look like with Taxicat Adventures. Departing Kinloch daily.

    $259
  • Fishing – Salt Water

    Te Kupenga Fishing Charters

    Te Kupenga which means "Fishing Net" in Te Reo, is the newest addition to the fleet of boats managed by Chris Jolly Outdoors. Te Kupenga is a legendary stabicraft that has been set up as a trout catching machine.

    $150 - $300
  • Boat cruises

    Top Cat Charters

    Charter a Private Cruise out on Lake Taupo with Top Cat Charters. Top Cat Charters offer a range of cruise options, which can include sightseeing out to the Maori Rock Carvings, Western Bays or Trout Fishing or swimming, paddle boarding and more.

    $109 - $139

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