Its latest explosive activity about 1800 years ago generated the spectacular Taupo eruption, the most violent eruption known in the world in the last 5,000 years.The Taupo eruption is a key event for the international volcanological community because the resultant deposits, well preserved and easily accessible, have been the subject of intense study in the fields of physical volcanology, volcanic hazard analysis, and volcanic petrology.
Look out for steam or just ask a friendly local to point the spots out for you. It could be the best sunset or picnic spot, the best coffee you ever tasted, exceptional service or simply your 'must do' activity in the Great Lake Taupo region.Previously suggested calendar ages for the eruption included AD 181 (ice core records) and AD 186 (ancient Roman and Chinese historical records) have been shown to be incorrect.Dr Hogg used Hogg A, Lowe D, Palmer J, Boswijk G, Ramsey C. Definitive high-precision calendar date for the Taupo eruption derived by wiggle-match dating using a New Zealand kauri-derived calibration curve.So, kayaking to the carvings at Lake Taupo has been sitting on my to-do list for some time and what better time than now to take advantage of this beautiful autumnal weather before the snow rolls in and my will to leave the fireside and an ample glass of mulled wine wanes. Kayaking is also a great team sport, so if you go as a group it’s a great way to thrash out competitive personalities with a wee race or a timely prod with a paddle for that especially annoying member of the group…
there’s nothing like the thought of plunging into the freezing lake waters to improve your paddle-stroke technique!
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