Located on the banks of New Zealand's largest lake, Taupo is a favourite destination for many travellers. Activities range from peaceful sightseeing to adrenalin filled adventures, and the area offers something for the whole family. With only a small airport and no rail network connected, the best way to get to and around Taupo is with your rental car. Only a short drive from Taupo, you will find rivers, forests, farms and tourist parks, all set in a scenic area ready for you to explore. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large rental car fleet, so finding a car rental in Taupo is both easy and economical.
Sharing the name with the lake it borders, Taupo is a town with strong culture and well-developed ecotourism scene. Formed 26,000 years ago by an enormous volcanic eruption, the lake covers an area of over 600 sq km. The area has seen another 28 eruptions since, with one eruption 1800 years ago being so large it projected so much dust and debris into the air, that darkened skies were reported as far as Rome and China. By exploring the area around the lake with your hire car, you will see unique rock formations, coastlines and forests.
Just north of the town, you will find the outlet forming Waikato River. Park your rental car here and walk the short distance to the famous Huka Falls. Enormous volumes of water pass over the falls, with up to 300,000 litres per second gushing down the rock platforms. The river beneath has lots of activities for visitors to take part in, with white water rafting and jet boating being among the most popular.
A short drive in your car hire north along the river will bring you to the Aratiatia Dam, a hydroelectric station which opens at regular intervals to release massive amounts of water forming rapids. Other popular activities along the lake and river are bungee jumping, kayaking, and the area boasts to be one of the best waterways in the world for trout fishing.
With a short drive in your hire car from the falls, you will find the Honey Hive and Meadery, a honey farm with explanations and samples of virtually all products made from bee honey and wax. Along the eastern shores of the lake, you will find the edge of Kaingaroa Forest, the largest man-made forest in the world. Drive your rental car just east of Taupo, and the lookout is an easy climb with spectacular views from the top.
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