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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.

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Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) $2,865

Explore the beauty of New Zealand's North Island in Depth. Take a Dolphin Cruise in the Bay of Islands before visiting the Glow Worm caves in Waitomo and learning about the Maori Culture in Rotorua and tasting some of the worlds most renowned wines in Napier.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) $4018

Experience the natural beauty and unique culture of both the North and South Islands by modern coach without breaking the budget. Enjoy an extensive list of attractions including the world famous TranzAlpine rail journey. Includes a two night stay in exhilarating Queenstown, the 'coolest little capital', Wellington and cultural Rotorua.

Duration: 16 Days (15 Nights) $4616

Explore all the iconic attractions of the North and South islands such as the breathtaking Milford Sound. Enjoy the stunning views on one of the world's great scenic train journeys, the TranzAlpine. Enjoy 4 two night stays including the beautiful Bay of Islands where you will board a luxury catamaran to the famous Hole in the Rock.

Duration: 3 Days (2 Nights) $399

Sitting on the shores of the lake, Taupo township is located right on the edge of the lake overlooking the snow-capped volcanoes of Tongariro. Enjoy beautiful bush, sub-alpine hiking tracks and the freshest and cleanest streams and rivers imaginable.

Duration: 8 Days (7 Nights) $2450

Designed for the time conscience traveler but still providing an extensive tour at a relaxed pace. Enjoy the wonders of the North Island including Wellington, cultural Rotorua, the beautiful Bay of Islands and Auckland.

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.

Top Things to See and Do:

  1. Take a boat or kayak and cruise around secluded coves and beaches
  2. Visit the intricate Maori Rock carvings at Mine Bay
  3. Go fly-fishing with a local guide on the Tongariro River
  4. Explore the geothermal area of mud pools at Craters of the Moon
  5. Walk the famous Tongariro Crossing
  6. Take a jet boat to the foot of Huka Falls
  7. Tandem skydive for a jet's eye view of Lake Taupo
  8. White water rafting, adventure kayaking or canoeing
  9. Ski on an active volcano

Travel Tips:

As New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, it has opposite seasons to those living in the northern half of the world.

Weather/ Climate: 

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  

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