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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

Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
The price is NZ$189 per night from 8 Dec. to 9 Dec.

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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (972 reviews)

"An excellent hotel with very obliging staff and great restaurant"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2020

Hilton Lake Taupo
Lakeland Resort Taupo
Lakeland Resort Taupo
3 out of 5
282 Lake Terrace, Taupo
The price is NZ$107 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

Situated in Taupo, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Three Mile Bay, Lake Taupo, and Taupo Hot Springs. Waipahihi Botanical Gardens and Four Mile Bay are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (987 reviews)

"Very good value for money but rooms are starting to look a little tired. Mattress could do with replacing, no exhaust fan in the bathroom, some of the wallpaper pealing off but were cleaned each day and spotless. Staff were extremely friendly and the restaurant has very nice food at very good prices. ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2020

Lakeland Resort Taupo
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
5 out of 5
76 Napier-Taupo Road, SH 5, Taupo
The price is NZ$90 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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. Spa ...

4.4/5Excellent! (887 reviews)

"Excellent experiences in Taupo Debretts spa resort. Children And adult enjoyed in the poolS. Environment clean and staff friendly."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct. 2020

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Taupo

Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
51-61 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo, Waikato
The price is NZ$126 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

Situated in the suburbs, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Lake Taupo. Taupo Hot Springs is 2.3 mi ...

4.2/5Excellent! (458 reviews)

"Everything was great - clean and the staff was very friendly"…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2020

Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Sacred Waters
Sacred Waters
5 out of 5
221-225 Lake Terrace, Waipahihi, Taupo, Waikato
The price is NZ$268 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

This family-friendly Taupo apartment building is located near the airport, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Taupo Hot Springs, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Huka Falls and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (310 reviews)

"Property was close to the lake and town centre so going for walks and going out for food was easy We found the property needed a general update, lots of damaged items in the apartment which didn’t look great. Kitchen ware needs to be updated, especially pots and pans which were in horrific condition ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2020

Sacred Waters
The Village Resort
The Village Resort
4 out of 5
82 Lake Terrace, Taupo, Waikato
The price is NZ$237 per night from 9 Dec. to 10 Dec.

This family-friendly Taupo aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Lake Taupo. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (79 reviews)

"We loved it! The heated pool was a winner with my 10 year old daughter, our hosts were phenomenal and the rooms were spacious and super comfortable. We really had an amazing time and wish we could've stayed longer! Next time we definitely will :)"…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct. 2020

The Village Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Taupo


Top Destination

5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent 58.02798134576949%
4 - Good
4 - Good 37.30846102598268%
3 - Okay
3 - Okay 3.9307128580946036%
2 - Disappointing
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5/5 - Excellent

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2 Jun. 2020

Small town with beautiful lake, plenty of things to do regardless if it’s sunny or rainy and lots of beautiful wall art around to find.

4/5 - Good

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1 Jun. 2020

I always like to stop at Taupo in my trips to and from kapiti and Auckland.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 May 2020

Fantastic to have such a unique and varied tourist area. just. under 2 hours from home

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

29 May 2020

Family live out of town. Only one night stay. Didn’t see anything of Taupo this time.

5/5 - Excellent


24 May 2020

Love the lake and the rivers that feed it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Mar. 2020

Beautiful area and stunning lake views!!

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