Michael A. Stecker


Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake at 600 sq km, is about 90 kilometres southwest of Rotorua. It is the product of a huge volcanic eruption that took place some 1800 years ago. The explosion is estimated to have been the most violent volcanic eruption anywhere in the world in the last 5 millennia.  The ancient volcano (called Taupo volcano) gradually filled with water forming Lake Taupo.  It is situated over a thousand feet above sea level and is 160 meters deep.  Its cold waters are full of trout and is a popular fishing site.