Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Save up to $603 by booking Flight + Hotel.

Search 321,000 hotels and 400 airlines worldwide.

Get the price Guarantee available for your trip.


Lake Taupo

Dare yourself to try any number of extreme sports, explore fascinating geothermal areas and enjoy the great scenery around New Zealand’s largest lake. 

Lake Taupo sits in a caldera that was created during a volcanic eruption more than 26,000 years ago. Here, amid the pretty surroundings of forested hills and distant mountains, you can explore 238 square miles (616 square kilometers) of waterways, as well as several villages and townships. The most prominent of these is Taupo on the lake’s northeastern shore. Many visitors base their adventures around this town or smaller towns such as Turangi, considered the trout fishing capital of New Zealand, and Mangakino.

Check out the still waters of Lake Taupo, which consistently attracts fishing fanatics from around the world. If you prefer to be on the water, rent a kayak or canoe in Taupo. Boat tours of the lake will take you to see Māori rock carvings, a hot water beach and scenic Acacia Bay.

The Lake Taupo area has become famous in recent decades as an extreme sports hub. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the spectacular scenery as you plummet through the air on a tandem skydive or leap from one New Zealand’s highest bungees.

Experience the fascinating areas of thermal activity. Orakei Korako, a 25-minute drive from Taupo, features live geysers as well as a mystical underground pool of green water.

Another highlight is Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa. Here you can relax in pools of hot, mineral-enriched water from a geothermal steam field. Nearby you will also find an intricately recreated Māori village, along with artificial geysers and silica terraces.

Head back to Taupo, where the township’s museum brings the area’s rich history to life. View stunning tribal paintings and take a look around a wooden Māori house.    

Lake Taupo is a 3.5-hour drive south of Auckland. You should allow at least 3 days here to fully appreciate the range and diversity of sights and activities.


Top Hotel Deals

See all 133 Hotels in Taupo District
$97
Wairakei Resort Taupo

Wairakei Resort Taupo

640 Wairakei Drive, Wairakei
4.3
of 5, from 702 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Wairakei, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Prawn Farm and within 3 mi (5 km) of Wairakei International Golf Course and Huka Falls. Craters of the Moon is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

$117
Hilton Lake Taupo

Hilton Lake Taupo

80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
4.7
of 5, from 2,604 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Taupo Hot Springs and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Taupo Bungy. Craters of the Moon is 6.5 mi (10.4 km) away.

$84
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn

Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn

76-80 Lake Terrace, Taupo
4.0
of 5, from 400 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taupo Museum and Art Gallery and Barbary. Taupo Bungy and Taupo Hot Springs are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$78
Oasis Beach Resort

Oasis Beach Resort

241 Lake Terrace, Taupo
4.2
of 5, from 378 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Taupo motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Taupo Hot Springs, Barbary, and Taupo Museum and Art Gallery. Taupo Bungy is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

$99
Beechtree Motel

Beechtree Motel

56 Rifle Range Road, Taupo
4.5
of 5, from 177 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Taupo motel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Taupo Museum and Art Gallery, Taupo Bungy, and Barbary. Taupo Hot Springs is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

$66
Acapulco Motor Inn

Acapulco Motor Inn

19 Rifle Range Road, Taupo
4.3
of 5, from 424 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Taupo, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taupo Museum and Art Gallery and Barbary. Taupo Bungy and Taupo Hot Springs are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$77
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments

Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments

51-61 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo
4.1
of 5, from 136 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Taupo, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taupo Museum and Art Gallery, Taupo Bungy, and Barbary. Taupo Hot Springs is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

$93
Ascot Motor Inn Taupo

Ascot Motor Inn Taupo

70 Rifle Range Road, Taupo
4.6
of 5, from 193 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Taupo, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taupo Museum and Art Gallery, Barbary, and Taupo Bungy. Taupo Hot Springs is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

Top Deals on Flights

These prices were available within the past 7 days. Prices quoted are per person, round trip, for the period specified. Prices and availability are subject to change. Additional terms apply.