TaupoNew Zealand

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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
NZ$208
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,794 reviews)

"Liked - superb room and facilities. Disliked - credit card surcharge."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020

Hilton Lake Taupo
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
3.5 out of 5
76-80 Lake Terrace, Taupo
NZ$153
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Situated near the airport, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Barbary and Lake Taupo. Taupo Bungy and Taupo Hot Springs are also within 3 mi (5 km).

4/5Very Good! (852 reviews)

"Great location! Very easy to find. Right on the lake. Very clean and comfortable! Came late, but host very accommodating."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020

Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort
Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort
3 out of 5
NZ$95
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27

Situated in Taupo, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Spa Thermal Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Golf Club Taupo and Taupo Bungy ...

3.6/5Good! (44 reviews)

"Nicely renovated rooms, could do with a thorough clean but nothing too uncomfortable. Great that it had a playground, swimming pool and was a close walk to the thermal hot pools! Cant go wrong with the pricing, best to read reviews to see what to expect, as we did."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort

Popular activities in Taupo

Craters of the Moon
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Craters of the Moon

4.5/5(144 reviews)

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

Taupo Museum and Art Gallery
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Taupo Museum and Art Gallery

4/5(36 reviews)

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

Huka Falls
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Huka Falls

4.5/5(423 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 activities in Taupo

Lake Taupo Scenic Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings
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Lake Taupo Scenic Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings

88% of travellers recommend
NZ$46
Per adult
Sail Barbary to the Maori Rock Carvings
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Sail Barbary to the Maori Rock Carvings

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$49
Per adult
Tongariro River Grade 3 Whitewater Rafting
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Tongariro River Grade 3 Whitewater Rafting

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$145
Per adult
Huka Falls, Taupo Lookout & JetBoat Tour
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Huka Falls, Taupo Lookout & JetBoat Tour

100% of travellers recommend
NZ$225
Per adult
Lake Taupo 12,000-Foot Tandem Skydiving
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Lake Taupo 12,000-Foot Tandem Skydiving

NZ$287
Per adult
Sky Waka Gondola + Buffet Lunch at The Pinnacles Restaurant
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Sky Waka Gondola + Buffet Lunch at The Pinnacles Restaurant

90% of travellers recommend
NZ$75
Per adult

Reviews of Taupo

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
785
5 - Excellent 57.38304093567251%
4 - Good
514
4 - Good 37.57309941520468%
3 - Okay
58
3 - Okay 4.239766081871345%
2 - Disappointing
7
2 - Disappointing 0.5116959064327485%
1 - Terrible
4
1 - Terrible 0.29239766081871343%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 16, 2020

As a person with an amputation. I found that the town had little in the way of Disabled Parking in most places. There was priority to Motor Cycle Parking that was convenient and the disabled parking was non-existent or far away

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 15, 2020

Love Taupo.umfortunately didn't have time to take in the sights

5/5 - Excellent

Laurel

Feb 15, 2020

Great central location to do day trips from

5/5 - Excellent

JP

Feb 14, 2020

Beautiful place!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 13, 2020

Osteria restaurant was very good

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 13, 2020

Right in front of the property is a hot spring into the lake so you can sit in your own hot pool in the lake - bliss!!