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The Lake Taupo region, is stunningly beautiful. The air is fresh and the snow capped mountains will take your breath away. Our rivers are pure, and the lake has attitude like the people, the food, the ambiance that makes Taupo one of New Zealand's top destinations. Explore our world and discover all things that will make your vacation as memorable as a great vacation ought to be.

From a clean, crystal clear lake, to the fury of the Huka Falls and magnificence of Aratiatia Dam. Lake Taupo is located at the heart of New Zealand's North Island, the Lake Taupo district is an area offering a huge range of adventure and scenic wonderlands to explore.

The region has long been known as the trout fishing capital of the world, offering some of the best angling in New Zealand for rainbow and brown trout, in both the lake and rivers.

Lake Taupo offers many free things to see and do.

Huka Falls
The Huka Falls is New Zealand's most visited natural attraction. The thundering Huka Falls is just a short journey from the waters of Lake Taupo, the beginning of The Mighty Waikato River. More than 220,000 litres of water tumbles over the cliff face of Huka Falls per second

Aratiatia Rapids
Daily at 10am 12 noon and 2pm and in summer, 4pm. At a rate of 90,000 litres per second, water rushes down the Aratiatia Rapids.

If you are a few minutes early, look over the bridge, down to a pond that is home to huge river trout. 40 have been counted at any one time.

Craters of the Moon
This is a dynamic thermal area of bubbling craters, mud pools and steam vents.

Waipahihi Botanical Gardens
The 35 ha reserve is a refuge for bird life with 2000 rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. There are walkways and picnic areas with lake and mountain views.

Tongariro National Trout Centre
Just south of Turangi, the Tongariro National Trout Centre is a great place to visit and learn about the world of trout at Taupo.

Tongariro National Park walks and hikes
A magnificent World Heritage Area. This is the filming location of MT Doom in Lord of the Rings.
Director, New Zealand's own Peter Jackson. The still active volcano, Mount Ruapehu served as other parts of Mordor, including the battlefield scene on the slopes of Mt. Doom.