Lake Taupo

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Lake Taupo lies in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. Famed for its trout fishing and boating, the lake merely fills the caldera of one of the largest super-volcanoes in the world in a still active geological region.




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About 26,000 years ago, Lake Taupo was a volcano that erupted in an enormous explosion that ejected about 800 cubic kilometres of material and spread it over the central north island, forming the volcanic plateau. This is believed to be the second largest volcanic eruption to have ever occurred on earth. The resulting hole in the ground became Lake Taupo after it filled with water draining off the surrounding hills.

Today, Lake Taupo feeds the Waikato river with enough water to run 8 hydroelectric power stations.

The big eruption at Taupo was 1800 years as recorded by the CHinese and not 26,000 years ago.

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  • Helistar Helicopters - PO Box 237 Taupo (5minutes drive heading North to Wairakei out of town to the left), Ph: 0800 HELISTAR (435 478) (Email Bruce, Fax: (+64 7) 374 8406) - Very experienced and informative flights around Taupo & surrounding scenic routes. Excellent way to see all of Taupo & the mountains in a very short time.

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