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"Lake Taupo." New Zealand Things to Do Tip by worldkiwi

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  Lake Taupo and Mountains.
by worldkiwi

Lake Taupo is in the centre of North Island. In the distance you can see the central North Island volcanoes on a clear day. The town and lake are popular summer camping spots for kiwis and many people have holiday homes there. It wasn't until a recent trip south, when I passed through Taupo, that I realised what the draw was. Beautiful clear water bays, secluded camping spots, and a holiday atmosphere in Taupo town... all make the place look good on a fine day. If you like fishing, this is a popular spot.
It's a lot quiter in winter of course, but with the Tongariro National Park a stone's throw away, it makes a good hiking base too.
Lake Taupo is actually a giant flooded volcanic caldera (the size of Singapore). The last time it blew up it flattened everything on the North Island and turned the sky red in the northern hemisphere!

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  • Written Jan 21, 2003
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