The Central Plateau, including Lake Taupo, is unique, spectacular and is renowned for the amazing lake activities on offer, sporting events it hosts and entertainment of all descriptions. From relaxing on the lake in pursuit of a trophy trout or to skydiving from 12,000 feet, this picture perfect part of New Zealand has something for everyone.
Shopping and Cafes: The town of Taupo is relaxed and friendly. It offers boutique specialty shops, art galleries, and a wide range of restaurants and cafes, both outdoor and indoor.
Fishing: The first trout were liberated into the waters of Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, in 1887. They were the Californian Brown Trout and the Californian Rainbow Trout.
With few natural predators, an enormous food supply and hundreds of kilometers of prime spawning streams and rivers flowing into the lake, they thrive. Today, with a self sustaining population of Rainbow and Brown Trout, the Taupo region has cemented its name as one of the world's premier fisheries.
Within the Taupo fishery there are 5 lakes, 13 streams and rivers, four canals and more than 32 river mouths open to angling. A 12 month season applies not only to Lake Taupo itself, but also to the river mouths and large sections of eight rivers and streams, as well as one of the canals. While the fishable western tributaries and the eastern headwaters close for the winter, they are open from the beginning of December until the end of May and offer some of the best wilderness sight fishing in the world.
Some of these tributaries have difficult access, but don't let that put you off. If you make the effort there is an excellent chance of catching late and early run rainbows and large browns, and it's quite likely you could have a whole day of fishing without seeing another angler.
Golf: Taupo has two of the most beautifully designed and popular golf courses in the country - Wairakei International Golf Course and the personally designed and endorsed Kinloch Club Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. If you are a golf fanatic these are a must.