Tom, January 31, 2012. Taupo Lake Enchantment
The Taupo lake enchantment in New Zealand. New Zealand is a country that has beautiful natural scenery, lush forests, amazing wildlife, delicious foods and wines, which all of it will make the visitors spellbound. The youngest country in the world has variety of scenery, culture and art that is very close to each other. Located in the heart of North Island volcano, Taupo lake area is location of the largest freshwater lake in New Zealand, wonderful geothermal area and the famous Huka waterfalls.
Taupo lake was formed from great volcanic eruption in 181 BC that forming a volcanic crater covering an area of Singapore. With an area of 616 sq km, Taupo Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia with water so clear where billions of freshwater fish live in.
There are 47 rivers and streams come down into Taupo lake and only one stream flows out, the Waikato river, the longest river in New Zealand. Taupo town is located right on the beach of the Taupo lake, with hotels offer spectacular snow-caped volcanic peaks in Tongariro National Park. Most of the Taupo accommodation package comes with natural spa in the hot pool.
From Auckland, it takes 4 hours 40 minutes travel to Taupo lake by car, or 45 minutes by air or 5 hours 25 minutes by train, or cheap flights to Wellington.
Visitors come to Taupo lake is to enjoy the scenery and doing adventure activities with the hospitality of local culture. The community in lake beach lives from restaurants and parties. In the winter, try to skiing until satisfied at Mount Ruapehu.
Geothermal activity in Taupo lake covers geyser, steaming craters, boiling mud pools, and some of the largest silica terraces in the world. Thousand years of volcanic activity has made boiling crater, fumaroles and steam flood. The Maori myth is very connected to geothermal feature characteristic within this area. You must explore the active geothermal with its mud pools, craters and steam burst. Do not forget to soak in natural hot water pools. If you ride in the famous ‘Volcanic Loop’ highway to Taupo lake, you will see the Mount Ruapehu, Mount Tongariro and Mount Ngauruhe.
Here you will learn the incredible history of volcanic mountain that created Taupo lake and visiting the silica terraces which its legendary rivals to Pink and White Terraces and commonly said as the eighth wonder of the world. In winter, you can try skiing at active volcano near Taupo lake. Mount Ruapehu is the place of Turoa and Whakapapa ski field, the biggest in New Zealand.
Challenge yourself with reckless game, jumping from the edge of the cliff above Waikato River. Parachuting in pairs to enjoy Taupo lake view from top. Mountain biking trough steep terrain and wild bushes (use map to find the best terrain) Race your adrenaline with 4x4 quad motorbike, off-road motor biking, trekking with horses, racing with race car replica, rock climbing or mountain boarding at the first mountain boarding location in New Zealand. You can enjoy the river with trying jet boat, rafting, and adventure by kayak or canoe activities. If you want to be wet you can try wind surfing, jet ski, parasailing, water skiing, wakeboarding and kayaking in Taupo lake.
The Huka Falls, not far from Taupo lake, is the most visited nature attraction in New Zealand. You can take fantastic photo shoots here. 220 thousand liters of water falls every second from top. The falls located in Wairakei Park, only 5 minutes riding to north from Taupo lake, or half hours by walking down the river stream. You can see the falls from several spots.
Times for spoiling yourself at Taupo lake
Trout fishing should be your priority activity in Taupo lake. This area is one of the natural trout breeding center remains in the world. There is rainbow trout or brown trout you can catch from Taupo lake, or with local guide you can try fly fishing in Tongariro river. And there are many restaurants that could cook your catch. You can fishing all the year here.
Other activities in Taupo lake. You should try taking boat or kayaking to explore coves and secluded beaches. Then, visiting Maori stones carving in Mine Bay that only accessible by water. Enjoying the Tongariro National Park view from air by chopper or seaplane. Also there are six golf courses that could help you training to sharpen your swing. Soaking in geothermal pool to relieve stress.
You can also walk along the wild bush or visiting the botanical garden. Previously, make sure you make a list of visiting to private gardens opened for public. You must try to have dinner in one of so many restaurants there, or uniquely, tasting shrimp from a geothermal farm. Take your map, follow the trail of arts and crafts, or walking to downtown in fashion shops at Taupo lake beach.
New Zealand has four seasons: falls (March to May), winter (June to August), spring (September to November) and summer (December to February)
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