Evidence shows that the Taupo region has been inherited by the Maori people for as long as seven centuries. Information about these early settlers is pretty scarce, however, but we do know that the first tribes arrived in Maketu in the Bay of Plenty. These first settlers were displaced by the Tuwharetoa tribe in about 1700. The Europeans didn’t actually make their first appearance until the 1840s in the form of the clergy with some scientists and tourists coming too to explore this geologically thrilling location.
But, while the geological attractions in and around Taupo may well prove fascinating to those coming to visit them from outside the region, the natives knew all too well about the poor soils, bitter winters and other hindrances. As a result of these disadvantages the development of the area was well behind that of other parts of the country. This was to remain the case until the 1950s.
Following this, however, the plantation of extensive forestry, the realisation of the potential of the lakes and rivers for hydro-electricity and the development of the region’s farmland combined to see major advances in the region. Roads were improved as was accommodation leading in turn to a massive upsurge in tourism.
Today, Taupo is the world’s trout fishing capital thanks to the presence of the largest fresh water lake in the Southern Hemisphere. As well as this it boasts numerous activities for the adrenaline junkies who flock to the town and its surrounds every year. And, as if this wasn’t enough, the natural beauty and attractions including numerous hot springs, pools, volcanoes and of course the lake itself mean that the region really does have something to offer all its visitors.