Lake Taupo - A North Island Adventure Getaway
Tongarino National Park - Photo Courtesy Elinnea
Taupo is a destination in North Island of New Zealand is home to Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Lake Taupo has developed into an adventure destination with wide ranging activities and experiences on offer such as.
Skydiving: Lake Taupo is referred to as skydiving capital of the world and has the largest commercialised skydive drop zone. You can choose to jump from either 12,000 or 15,000 feet in the sky. The views of Lake Taupo, volcanic ranges and mountains make for a quite aerial stunning visual.
Trout Fishing: Lake Taupo is where International anglers arrive for Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout
Huka Falls Jet: A speedboat ride that starts from Lake Taupo to Huka Falls and back. The ride explores the natural beauty of the lake while heading to the Huka Waterfall in great speed. The ride is marked by 360 degree spin in the lake.
Mountain Biking: Lake Taupo is surrounded by some of the best mountain biking trails in the world. There are plenty of trails that allow you to explore the pristine beauty of Lake Taupo. Apart from the regular trails, you can also try the adventurous heli-biking, where you'll be taken in a helicopter to the top of a volcano to bike downhill.
Tongariro National Park – 28 kms from Taupo and is a UNESCO world heritage site for being as one of the 28 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites. The active volcanic mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro are located in the centre of the park. There are a number of Māori religious sites within the park and the summits of Tongariro, including Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, are sacred. The main activities are hiking and climbing in summer, and skiing and snowboarding in winter. There is also opportunity for hunting, game fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, rafting and scenic flights. Bird watching is also popular as the area is home to many significant birds.