The town of Taupō sits of the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake, Lake Taupō. Lake Taupō is a caldera which was caused by a massive volcanic eruption 26,500 years ago. The dormant volcano’s most recent eruption occurred in 181 CE, which devastated much of the North Island and further expanded the lake. New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, begins at Lake Taupō. Taupō is known for its outdoor activities such as cycling, boating, and walks around geothermal areas. However, it also has a lovely little town centre with great New Zealand art shops and cafes. There is a magnificent view of the Central Plateau mountains from the township.