When you stand on the banks of Lake Taupo consider a few facts; it has a surface area of 616 square kilometers, it has a perimeter of approximately 193 kilometres which makes it New Zealands largest lake, and it has a depth of 186 metres.
Then with these facts in mind know that Lake Taupo is the volcanic crater of the Taupo volcano. Then imagine what the volcano would have looked like in place of the lake. Suddenly you feel very small standing on the banks of the awesome Lake Taupo.
Taupo is actually a shortened version of the Maori name for the lake, Taupō-nui-a-Tia, which translated means “The great cloak of Tia”. Tia discovered the lake.
The Taupo region is a major tourist center in New Zealand for locals and visitors to the region. In summer you can swim in the lake, para sail and fishing is great year round. I visited the area for work, but did get an opportunity to take a walk along the shore of the lake and also visit the Huka Falls. The town itself has all types of accommodation, and a large selection of restaurants and cafes. I would highly recommend the Storehouse cafe which serves great coffee, breakfast & lunch.
Lake Taupo is a must see when visiting New Zealand. The Dulux colour is inspired by the deep blue of the waters of Lake Taupo.