Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in the geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools. At some of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents.
Taupo is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip or kayaking excursion. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking that suit all levels of experience. But what Taupo is really known for is fishing. The town of Turangi has the largest natural trout fishery in the world; this is the place to cast a line and look for the big one.
As New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, it has opposite seasons to those living in the northern half of the world.
|Season:||Temperature Range (Celsius)||Seasonal Comments|
|Spring||7°C to 17°C|
|Summer||11°C to 23°C|
|Fall||8°C to 18°C|
|Winter||3°C to 12°C|