Lake Taupo is huge. It is, in fact, the second biggest freshwater lake in Oceania. It was created by the world's largest known supervolcanic eruption 26,500 years ago - an erruption so gigantic that it darkened the skies in Europe and China.
The area is a popular tourist destination so there are lots of shops and restaurants and the adventurous tourist can partake in all sorts of crazy activities. Sailing is a popular pastime as is fishing because the lake has been stocked with brown and rainbow trout.
The town of Taupo sits on the northeast shore of a sort of bay extending off the main lake, and Huka Falls, reputed to be New Zealand's most visited natural attraction, is just outside the town.
Here's a picture taken one morning during our stay looking out over the lake at our next destination - Mount Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park.