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When you think of the Lake Taupo region, Think Fresh .... as in fresh air, snow, trout, volcanoes, rivers, lakes, people, fun, food and attitudes.
Did you know... Lake Taupo itself was created by the largest known eruption of the past 5,000 years, it was so big the sun went hazy in China. Today, what remains is a lake the size of Singapore and the largest fresh water lake in Australasia.
Where is Lake Taupo?
In the central north island of New Zealand. Only 1 hours drive from Rotorua.
Compared with other parts of New Zealand the volcanic plateau on which Taupo lies, is very young. Around a million years ago immense pressures were forcing the North Island upward above the surrounding seas and the oldest of the central volcanoes, Tongariro, was beginning to form.
Taupo Volcanic Zone
(Information courtesy of The Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited)
The Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Limited, is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute offering the best in independent scientific and consulting services, and technical advice.
About the Taupo Volcano
The vast and scenic Lake Taupo is not always recognised as a volcano, yet it has had a fiery and violent history. It has erupted 28 times in the past 27,000 years. Although most of these eruptions were small, the most recent - the Taupo eruption of 181AD - was extremely large and violent.
The shape of Lake Taupo was largely created by the Oruanui eruption 26,500 years ago. This eruption formed a 500m-deep caldera (large collapsed crater) that was enlarged by the 181AD Taupo eruption.
The 26,500 year-old and 181AD eruptions were extraordinarily complex and violent, and they have attracted interest from scientists internationally. The other 26 eruptions in between were small, many not much larger than a typical Mt Ruapehu eruption.
Facts & Figures
Lake Taupo area 616 km2
Lake Taupo 370m above sea level
Lake Taupo (depth) 164m
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- [2007-06-24 19:33]
When I think of Taupo, I think of fresh air, snow, trout, volcanoes, rivers, lakes, people, fun, food and attitudes too - BUT also COLD! I've often felt that cold wind blowing from those moutains down south.
Good view Jim, and it would look good in a large panorama. Maybe having the distant hills not so central would look better.
Interesting notes too, TFS