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TaupoNew Zealand

Visit a beautiful lakeside town and venture into its surrounding volcanic countryside to see awesome natural wonders and to enjoy thrilling outdoor adventures. 

Taupo sits in the caldera of a super volcano on Lake Taupo, Australasia’s largest freshwater lake. It is a place where you can explore geothermal landscapes and take part in outdoor activities. Thrill to lake cruises and trout fishing and hike and mountain bike through the volcanic countryside.

Begin exploring the culture, heritage and geological history of the area at the Lake Taupo Museum and Art Gallery. Permanent and changing exhibitions focus on the history of the area and the culture of its peoples.

Many visitors come to Taupo to experience its geothermal attractions. Walk on boardwalks by boiling mud craters and steam vents at the Craters of the Moon. Drive 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) north of Taupo for the Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave at Wairakei. See the magnificent silica terraces and look inside the only geothermal cave in New Zealand.

Witness the power of nature at the Aratiatia Rapids when thousands of gallons of water per second rush through the regulated opening of the dam gates. Watch the awe-inspiring Huka Falls, one of the most photographed natural attractions in New Zealand. Get up close to the waterfall on a boat cruise or a thrilling jet boat ride that spins close to the plunging water.

Discover the scenic wonder of the Taupo region by hiking or biking along its many trails. A popular mountain bike route is the Great Lake Trail along the shores of Lake Taupo. If you are into fishing, cast your line into the water. This area is known for its trout fishing.

Taupo has all the amenities you would expect of a major town. There is a great range of cafés, bars and restaurants, some of which enjoy beautiful lakeside views.

A stay in Taupo puts North Island’s geothermal and volcanic wonders right on your doorstep. To get here, fly into Auckland, approximately a 3-hour drive away. Alternatively, land in Wellington and drive north for about 4.5 hours. Buses also connect both these places to Taupo.

Top Hotels in Taupo

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
The price is ¥9,575 per night

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taupo Hot Springs and Waipahihi Botanical Gardens. Taupo Bungy and Golf Club Taupo ...

4.4/5Excellent! (998 reviews)

"I loved the bed, shower, and balcony with a beautiful view."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Hilton Lake Taupo
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
5 out of 5
76 Napier-Taupo Road, SH 5, Taupo
The price is ¥5,497 per night

This family-friendly Taupo holiday park is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Waipahihi Botanical Gardens, Lake Taupo, and Taupo Hot Springs. Taupo ...

4.4/5Excellent! (867 reviews)

"The chalet was lovely and cosy. It was clean. We thought the 2 bedroom chalet would be big, just like the one that we had before. They forgot the pillow, blanket and towel for the fifth person. But thats okay. Overall, it was nice and look forward to stay there again. Cant wait for summer"…"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2020

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
3.5 out of 5
76-80 Lake Terrace, Taupo
The price is ¥7,696 per night

Situated on a lake, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Taupo and Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp. Taupo Bungy and Taupo Hot Springs are also within 3 mi (5 ...

4/5Very Good! (943 reviews)

"Excellent location - walking distance to town and right on the lake front."…"

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2020

Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn

Popular places to visit in Taupo

Craters of the Moon
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Craters of the Moon

4/5(16 reviews)

Experience a strange volcanic landscape where steam clouds swirl in the air and mud pools pop and boil beneath your feet.

Taupo Bungy
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Taupo Bungy

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Taupo Bungy during your stay in Taupo. Wander the lakeside or discover the area's mountain views.

Spa Thermal Park
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Spa Thermal Park

4/5(1 review)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Spa Thermal Park during your travels in Taupo. Stroll along the lakeside or visit the spas in this family-friendly area.

Taupo Museum and Art Gallery
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Taupo Museum and Art Gallery

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Browse and purchase fascinating pieces of art and go on an exciting cultural journey at this popular museum and gallery.  

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Walk through a volcanic landscape to see large silica terraces, mud pools and the only geothermal cave in New Zealand.

Huka Falls
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Huka Falls

4.5/5(77 reviews)

Whether viewing from a boat, bridge or the riverbank, this set of waterfalls is a spectacular sight as a huge body of water surges forward and downward.

Top things to do in Taupo

Sail Barbary - Eco sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings
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Sail Barbary - Eco sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

¥2,972
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Lake Taupo Scenic Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings
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Lake Taupo Scenic Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings

¥2,438
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Tongariro Self Guided Audio Walking Tour
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Tongariro Self Guided Audio Walking Tour

¥1,501
Per adult
Tongariro River Grade 3 Whitewater Rafting
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Tongariro River Grade 3 Whitewater Rafting

¥9,221
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Huka Falls, Taupo Lookout & JetBoat Tour
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Huka Falls, Taupo Lookout & JetBoat Tour

¥16,051
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Water Park Entry to Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
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Water Park Entry to Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

¥1,529
Per adult

Reviews of Taupo

4.6

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

JimandDonna

Mar 5, 2020

The walk to Huka Falls was very nice

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

Unfortunately we arrived around midnight and left very early to catch our plane in Auckland so we did not have time to explore the area, but we plan on returning in the future.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 15, 2019

What a great jumping off spot for exploring the area!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 28, 2019

Taupo looked like a nice town with lots to do; unfortunately, we were there just overnight and could not take advantage of the lake or local hiking and biking. We did go to Spa Park and soaked in the hot spring there, which was enjoyable (and free).

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 3, 2019

Taupo felt more relaxed than Rotorua and you could get around by public bus. Huka Falls and thermal Spa Park were only a $3 rt bus fare but walking the trail was also quite lovely.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

The people in Taupo were awesomely friendly, nice small lake town with not so many tourists (in Spring). I would love to come back again to experience more of this place.

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