TAUPO, a township of East Taupo county, New Zealand, in the south-west of the Hot Spring district of North Island.
It lies on the north-east shore of lake Taupo, the largest lake in the island, having an extreme length of 26 m.
Lake Taupo is finely situated, hills rising over 2000 ft.
North of the two first-mentioned volcanoes Lake Taupo spreads over 238 sq.
Though, thanks to the overlaying porous pumice, the Taupo plateau is not fertile, it has a good rainfall and is drained by unfailing rivers running through deep terraced ravines.
East of the Taupo plateau and south of Opotiki on the Bay of Plenty the steep thickly-timbered ranges held by the Uriwera tribe still show scenery quite unspoiled by white intrusion.
Suess therefore suggested that the northern continuation of the Alps had foundered, and its summits been buried beneath the Pliocene marine rocks of the Wanganui basin and the volcanic rocks of the Taupo area.
Goldfield and the Taupo volcanic district.
The volcanic activity of the Taupo district lasted into the Pleistocene, and the last eruptions contributed many of its chief geographical features.'