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Central Plateau


From the excitement of a volcanic plateau that has some of the best skiing snowboarding and tramping in the country to the pristine yet action packed environment of New Zealand's biggest Lake. The Central Plateau offers a variety of activities which allow you to get close to nature.

The region has long been known as the trout fishing capital of the world, offering some of the best angling in New Zealand for rainbow and brown trout, in both the lake and its two major rivers - the Tongariro and the Waikato.

Boats are available at the boat harbour for charter, with skippers who always know the best place to catch the big one. If you want to get a bit closer to nature, a fly fishing guide will take you into some of the more isolated stretches of river to find that elusive trout.

Ever Been on an ACTIVE VOLCANO?


The Central Plateau is also famous for its proximity to a unique attraction - the opportunity to witness a live volcano - Mt Ruapehu.

Ruapehu is great a snow and site seeing destination. It is the largest ski area in New Zealand - offering a variety of runs perfect for both skiing and snow boarding at a beginners to advanced level. Mt Ruapehu offers three separate ski fields - Turoa Whakapapa and Tukino

If you need a break from the ski field, 65 different activities between Taupo and Mt Ruapehu means you can always find something else to do.


A leisurely stroll can often lead to a natural hot spring on the side of the river, while the whole region offers plenty of sheltered picnic spots, surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.

Guided walks to the Crater Lake are available throughout the summer months, while in winter, New Zealand's highest restaurant - the Knoll Ridge Caffe offers a perfect view of the top of the volcano.

Ruapehu's Neighboring Mountains are also popular mountains for hiking with the Tongariro Crossing being New Zealand 's most popular day Walk. Ngauruhoe is more challenging and is now well recognized as being "Mt Doom" from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

Numerous top quality hotels, motels and hostels to suit any price range are to be found in the region, from exclusive fishing lodges, right through to lower priced backpacker hostels.

Visit New Zealands Largest Lake

Lake Taupo is set amidst clean, green countryside, spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful native bush and some of the largest pine forests in the Southern Hemisphere.

Thermal activity elsewhere in the region includes natural hot pools and springs, Craters of the Moon - a 30 minute walk around steaming craters and boiling mud pools. Orakei Korako "The hidden valley" is a scenic wonderland of silica terraces and leaping geysers. The region has long been known as the trout fishing capital of the world, offering some of the best angling in New Zealand for rainbow and brown trout, in both the lake and its two major rivers - the Tongariro and the Waikato.

Winter and Summer activities are both ample in the Central Plateau with sailing, water skiing, jet boating and bungy jumping for the water babies and the neighboring countryside providing the perfect environment for a number of land and air activities, including skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, sky diving and hiking.

For those who are not so adventurous the Central Plateau has not forgotten about you. A Day on the Lakeshore is kind to the eye and heart. And as well as commercial operations, there are many free Thermal Areas that are a must see while in the area.

 
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