Taupo, New Zealand
Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake and is the unofficial trout capital of the Southern Hemisphere.
The lake is in the centre of the Northern Island and is quite scenic, nestled between Tongariro National Park to the south, and the geothermal areas of Rotorua to the north.
Careful at high season, as this area is quite popular with both locals and tourists... During my stay this is the only place where we encountered any really significant traffic jams on either island...
Mt Ngauruhoe is one of three major peaks in the Tongariro National Park which sits on a central volcanic plateau to the south of Lake Taupo. On a clear day the white tip can be seen for miles and makes a wonderful backdrop to Lake Taupo. Mt Ruapehu is the highest peak in the North Island and is very popular with locals and tourists alike for skiing. There are fully developed ski-fields on several slopes and even a hot crater lake surrounded by snow.