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Situated towards the middle of New Zealand’s North Island, located about 270 km south of Auckland. The town is perched on the banks of Lake Taupo which sits on the caldera of the Taupo volcano. The lake sits inside a crater created by a massive volcanic eruption which was so large that the amount of ash released into the air caused the skies in Europe and China to darken and lowered the temperatures around the globe.
The most-visited tourist attraction in New Zealand is the Huka Falls in Waikato, and it is conveniently located just north of Taupo. The lake, around the size of Singapore, is perfect for boat cruises around the lake, and the lake also offers plenty of opportunities for fishing as well. Taupo is a world-famous destination for fishing as well and is home to the largest natural trout fishery in the world. Taupo also opens up into Tongariro National Park and opens the door to New Zealand’s most popular daywalk as well. Taupo is also a great destination for adventure sports like kayaking, mountain biking, and diving amongst many others.
The geothermal activity that goes on under the surface of the earth also gives rise to steaming hot springs, hot mud pools, and exploding geysers all of which point to the origins of the crater and its surrounding area. In particular, the ‘Orakei Korako’, which translates to the ‘Place of Adorning’, is a huge geothermal park and offers stunning views with a myriad of colours that are a reflection of the geothermal properties. The natural phenomena also feature something that is known as the Craters of the Moon. Large parts of areas near the lake began to boil up as superheated, steaming clouds rose up above from the ground below as a result of underground water pressure was lowered by a geothermal power station.
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