The city of Taupo is situated on the banks of Lake Taupo on the North Island of New Zealand. Taupo is the natural starting point if you would like to visit Tongariro National Park.
Taupo is located on the northern shore of Lake Taupo in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. Approximately 23,000 people live in the city.
Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park
The reason why Taupo is interesting for travelers, is first and foremost the city's close proximity to Tongariro National Park. From Taupo you can enjoy the views of Lake Taupo and the beautiful mountains in the distance. Taupo is alive in summer (Dec-Feb), where the city is the base for the many travelers and backpackers who visit the National Park. The park itself is located to the south of Lake Taupo.
When you visit Taupo you should be aware of plenty of volcanic and geothermal activity in the area. The latest major volcanic eruption took place in 1996. Also Tongariro National Park is famous for its volcanic activity, combined with the possibility of skiing. Many backpackers choose to do trekking tours in the heights and the park is one of the most popular national parks in New Zealand.
For travelers and backpackers the Taupo area is home to plenty of outdoor activities such as sky diving, trekking, sailing with jet boats, bungy jumping, skiing, cycling, paragliding and similar action packed activities.