Lake Taupo is the Southern Hemispheres largest lake and a major tourist & holiday destination for many New Zealanders / Australians and International travellers alike. Trout fishing, boating, skiing, mountain walks, thermal pools, vibrant cafes / restaurant and a vast array of hotels / motels/ backpackers make the Lake Taupo region an exciting holiday destination in both winter and summer. Visit the Tongariro National Park or walk the Tongariro crossing know as one of the worlds best one day walks.
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Winter Skiing around the Lake Taupo region.

In winter the Turangi-Tongariro area at the centre of New Zealand's North Island is surrounded by snow-clad mountains. Skiing is first choice for many visitors, and no wonder, for the spectacular volcanoes in the nearby World Heritage Park of Tongariro offer superb skiing.

The spectacular skifields of the Central North IslandThe Whakapapa Ski Area - the magic mountain - New Zealand's largest developed ski area is only 40 minutes away on Mt Ruapehu. The beginners' slopes in Happy Valley are an ideal place to learn to ski. Intermediate skiers can roam the mountain enjoying over 30 groomed trails with lots of wide-open cruisey terrain. Experts can explore the steep chutes and couloirs that have made Whakapapa famous as a "skiers mountain".

During the height of the ski season thousands flock to either Whakapapa on the eastern side of the mountain or to Turoa on the southern slopes.
Turangi is 30 minutes drive from Whakapapa and provides a great base for those who wish to come off the mountain and enjoy hot pools, good accomodation and alternative activities on non skiing days. Excellent hire facilities are also available from Turangi.
Around the base of the mountain are several small villages that also provide good accomodation, restaurants and evening entertainmentas well as hire equipment.
On the mountain itself are numerous ski club facilities as well as the reknowned Grand Chateau for luxuary accomodation and dining.




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