The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation

 

Hypothermia

Hypothermia/cold is the biggest enemy on Lake Taupō.

On small craft it is imperative to carry spare woollen clothing and/or wetsuits to wear in the case of mishaps or prolonged immersion in the water.

Lake water is not as buoyant as seawater. Swimming is much more difficult in a lake, especially a cold lake.