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Volcanic Lake Taupō - Roadside Stories

Volcanic Lake Taupō - Roadside Stories



A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Lake Taupō. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Lake Taupō fills a caldera (volcanic depression) formed by massive eruptions. The first eruption, about 26,000 years ago, covered the central North Island with pumice and ash; the last, about 1,800 years ago, was so dramatic that its effects were noted in China and Rome. In Māori tradition the lake is home to a taniwha (supernatural being) called Horomatangi.

Lake Taupō,

The Taupō volcano,


Lake Taupō,


Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-97112-26-01-pm).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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