You will find the Instagram worthy town of Taupo in the middle of New Zealand's North Island. Taupo has forever been a popular base for travelers, keen to explore The famous Tongariro Crossing, the active volcano Mount Ruapehu, the Maori Rock Carvings of Lake Taupo and the Thermal Hot Springs. Taupo really is a unique New Zealand destination - here are 12 amazing facts that prove Taupo should be on your New Zealand Bucket List.

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1. Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake


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2. Mount Ruapehu is an active volcano and home to New Zealand's largest ski field

3. The bungy site in Taupo is the highest water touch bungy jump in New Zealand

4. Lake Taupo is roughly the same size as Singapore

5. Taupo is home to New Zealand's most photographed natural attraction, Huka Falls

6. The Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay are over 10m high and can only be reached by Kayak or Boat

7. Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings is actually located in Tongariro Crossing National Park


Having a clear view at both #mtngauruhoe and #mtruapehu from the summit of Mt Tongariro #hiking #mttongariro #mtdoom

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8. Craters of the Moon is the located in the largest geothermal field in New Zealand

9. There is 200km + of mountain biking trails located in and around Taupo

10. Lake Taupo is the largest commercial skydive dropzone in New Zealand with 30,000 people jumping each year

11. Taupo's Thermal Hot Springs are a result of the area's geothermal activity. They are steaming hot all year round

12. The Blue Duck - a rare and threatened species - can be found in the some of Taupo's fast flowing waterways

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Iconic bird in New Zealand, the Blue Duck is found in clear fast-flowing rivers middle of the mountains.

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