Want to see something rather spectacular? Standing around 14 metres above Lake Taupō, the Māori Rock Carvings in Mine Bay...
Paddle to the Mine Bay carvings on Lake Taupō. © Fraser Clements
Lake Taupō is actually the drowned caldera of a super volcano, whose eruption in the first century AD caused meteorological effects noted by sky-gazers as far afield as Rome and China. Read the story . . .
It really is all about Lake Taupō in this part of the world, where the water’s mood governs the feel of the day: sunny and sparkling, or grey and intense. Read the story . . .
How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . .
Things to do
Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Waikato River, or explore the many lookout points at Huka Falls, one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand. Read the story . . .
Just outside Taupō, Wairākei is a hotspot of geothermal activity, scenic beauty, crafts and cafés. Read the story . . .
Taupō has lots of exciting activities on offer but often the best things in life are free. Read the story . . .
Do what the locals do in Taupō. Read the story . . .