Taupo, located in the central north island on Lake Taupo, is the largest lake in Australasia. Lake Taupo, a volcano, last erupted in 181AD. Many violent and explosive eruptions created the size and shape of the lake over the last 27,000 years. The whole Lake Taupo region is part of the volcanic belt stretching from Tongariro National Park to Rotorua and White Island.
There are several hot pools around Taupo, enjoy soaking in a private warm pool, or a therapeutic massage and beauty treatment.
The scenic drive around Lake Taupo to Tongariro National Park, dominated by the three volcanoes of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe is well worth the adventure. At Turangi visit the National Trout Centre and learn all about New Zealand fishing.
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's oldest National Park, is the fourth oldest worldwide. Created in 1887, the Park is a great place to explore forests, lakes, and volcanoes.