Quick facts

Check out our 11 quick and fascinating facts about Taupō, New Zealand.

  1. Huka Falls is the most visited and photographed natural attraction in New Zealand.
  2. Lake Taupō is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia. It is roughly the size of Singapore and is the crater of one of the largest volcanic eruptions earth has seen in the last 5000 years.
  3. If you skydive in Taupō on a clear day, you can see as far as the east and west coasts of the North Island.
  4. The fourteen-metre high Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupō depict Māori culture and mythology in a spectacular art form that can be viewed from the water.
  5. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been noted as 'a life changing experience' by Lonely Planet and is rated as the best one day walk in New Zealand.
  6. Tongariro National Park is a dual World Heritage site, recognised for both its outstanding volcanic landscape and its great cultural significance.
  7. Mount Ruapehu is home to New Zealand’s largest ski area and is also an active volcano.
  8. The Great Lake Trail, on the western shores of Lake Taupō, is regarded as one of the best grade three mountain bike trails in New Zealand.
  9. Opotaka, on the shores of Lake Rotoaira, is where the famous Ka Mate Maori haka was first performed.
  10. The Taupō region is home to two of New Zealand’s top ten golf coursesThe Kinloch Club and Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary.
  11. The Taupō region is world famous for its trout fishing, both on Lake Taupō and in the rivers. The Tongariro River is particularly famous for rainbow and brown trout. The first trout ever caught in the region was in April 1904 and it weighed 1.36 kilograms.