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.
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Experience a strange volcanic landscape where steam clouds swirl in the air and mud pools pop and boil beneath your feet.
Enjoy an outing to Taupo Bungy during your stay in Taupo. Visit the area's spas or amble around its lakeside.
Browse and purchase fascinating pieces of art and go on an exciting cultural journey at this popular museum and gallery.
Feel the wind rushing through your hair on this exhilarating 30-minute jet boat ride at Huka Falls. Make sharp turns and heart-stopping 360-degree spins as you maneuver through the Waikato River with your expert driver.
Discover the Maori Rock Carvings on Great Lake Taupo with Sail Barbary Relax and enjoy sailing at its best (and quietest!) on New Zealand's only commercially operated electric yachts. Marvel at Taupo's Maori Rock Carvings and scenery from either of these beautifully restored classic white sailing yachts.
The Squeeze or Orakei Korako offers the perfect New Zealand nature experience. Combine that with visits to Huka Falls and the Taupo Lookout for an unforgettable time in the great outdoors. Begin the day with convenient pickup from your hotel and a relaxing drive to Huka Falls.
Feel the adrenaline coursing through your veins as you engage in a swing ride 154 feet (47 m) above the floor of a vast river valley. Cut through the wind at 43 miles per hour (70 km/h) and arc 180 degrees through the air in a spectacle of sheer, hair-raising fun.
A daily 1.5 hour scenic cruise. Explore the largest Crater Lake in the world aboard Chris Jolly Outdoors Cruise Cat. Sit back and enjoy the picturesque northern bays of Lake Taupo and learn about Maori mythology as you view the Maori Rock Carvings up close.
Navigate over 60 heart-pounding, roller coaster rapids with an expert guide on the Tongariro River. Enjoy complimentary transfers from Taupo or join the adventure from the rafting base in Turangi. Be greeted on arrival and kitted out with all the necessary gear.