Taupo

Travel Guide
Huka Falls which includes a bridge and rapids as well as a large group of people
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.

Where to stay in Taupo

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
4.5 out of 5
76 Napier-Taupo Road, SH 5, Taupo, 3330
The price is NZ$84 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury holiday park in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (935 reviews)
"Customer service was outstanding. Area was safe, warm and quiet."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2022

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Lakeland Resort Taupo
Lakeland Resort Taupo
3 out of 5
282 Lake Terrace, Taupo, 3330
The price is NZ$101 per night from 24 Jul. to 25 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (989 reviews)
"Thank u for an amazing break away just what we needed"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2022

Lakeland Resort Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo, 3330
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$203 per night from 6 Jul. to 7 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (988 reviews)
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Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

Hilton Lake Taupo
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.
The Village Resort
The Village Resort
4 out of 5
82 Lake Terrace, Taupo, Waikato, 3330
The price is NZ$239 per night from 4 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (136 reviews)
"Good communication, very clean"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2022

The Village Resort
Sacred Waters
Sacred Waters
5 out of 5
221-225 Lake Terrace, Waipahihi, Taupo, Waikato, 2730
The price is NZ$329 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private hot tubs. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (343 reviews)
"Water views were great . Quiet apartment."

Reviewed on 29 Sep. 2021

Sacred Waters
Ika Nui Taupo
Ika Nui Taupo
3 out of 5
64 Lake Terrace, Taupo, Waikato, 3330
Stay at this 3-star spa aparthotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Popular attractions Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
"Highly recommended, the area is situated in good location. Downside is the internet wherein it doesn’t have a good signal and needs to be improve but other than that, I am happy with overall service."

Reviewed on 1 Apr. 2022

Ika Nui Taupo
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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