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About Taupo

The town of Taupo sits at the edge of Australasia’s largest lake. Lake Taupo is actually a huge volcano. Its most recent eruption, in 181 AD, was large enough to change the sky as far away as Europe and China. According to Maori legend, the lake is the pulsating heart of Maui’s fish (New Zealand’s North Island).

The lakeside town of Taupo provides a base for visitors who love to fish for trout, ski Mount Ruapehu and explore the local geothermal attractions. Popular Taupo experiences include Huka Falls, geothermal walks, a prawn farm, lake cruises, New Zealand’s first public cable wakeboarding park and guided kayak expeditions to see the rock carvings at Mine Bay.

Taupo is a fantastic region for year-round mountain biking, with the recent completion of the Great Lake Trail. Along with cycling, there’s excellent hiking and hunting in the area.

The Turangi/Taupo area offers a wide range of hunting opportunities. The Sika herd in the Kaimanawa Forest Park is internationally renowned and regarded by hunters as a valuable recreational resource.

The area covers the Central North Island, taking in Tongariro National Park, Erua and Tongariro forests and the Kaimanawa Mountains.

It offers hunters excellent opportunity to hunt sika, red deer, wild pig and goats. Some of these herds, particularly the world renowned sika herd, present the hunter with a chance to bag trophy animals of a world class standard.

For an overview of accommodation options,click here… 

Source: newzealand.com, greatlaketaupo.com, and doc.govt.nz

The  Sika Show is held each year at The Great Lake Centre in Taupo. This map shows you how to get there: