A few suggestions about what to do

Motuoapa from the DOC lookout and bush walk

There are lots of little bush walks all around this part of the lake. Including the one above. Good ten minute ramble if you're fit. Some are easy to get at, some are a little more obscure. Check out the Great Lake Walks page for a list of options

If you're into Geocaching, there are dozens of caches around the area and around the southern end of the lake.

There is a good number of cafes - one at Te-Rangi Ita, one at Motuoapa, take aways (one at Tauranga Taupo Challenge gagare) and restaurants like Oreti, at the southern end, and to the north in Taupo itself.

Tourism Taupo can give you some great ideas of what to see and do during your visit.

There is an information center in Turangi next to the BP with helpful people who know "what's on" and what to do on your holiday.

Taupo is a decent sized town with lots of retail shops, specialty shops, restaurants and service companies and touristy stuff - and a night scene if you're interested.

The NZ Fishing website has a lot of information about fishing in the Taupo area. Have a look at Trout Fishing Guides based in Turangi or Beck's Guides at Oroua-tua on the banks of the Tauranga Taupo river.

A good time filler and a good educational experience is the Trout Hatchery just south of Turangi. Awesome to see the large trout in their natural stream environment.

There are both 18 hole golf courses and mini putt courses in Taupo and Turangi.

The ski fields of Whakapapa, Tukino and Turoa are about 60 km away (55 minutes to Whakapapa according to Google Maps). Click here for a Mt Ruapehu ski report.

The Huka Falls are just north of Taupo with the Aratiatia rapids - impressive boiling waterway when released morning and afternoon by the electric power company.

To check the weather in Taupo, check out either metservice.com or NZ City. NZ City goes into more daily detail.

If you're interested in the lake level or flows,
the Mighty River Power website has these.