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Taupo
Travel Guide

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$176 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

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! (970 reviews)

"nice place - but accommodation blocks had very awkward access for cleaners and those who did room service. A couple of other things surprised me - no bottled water provided in my room - for such a quality place this was disappointing . also, a dinner tray was left uncollected outside my door all ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2021

Hilton Lake Taupo
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
51-61 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo, Waikato
The price is NZ$123 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

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! (472 reviews)

"quiet, spacious room, clean, close to town centre"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2021

Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
5 out of 5
76 Napier-Taupo Road, SH 5, Taupo
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$90 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.

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! (903 reviews)

"Loved the pools however didnt like half was under construction. And had to pay if you staying at the holiday park!"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2021

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$123 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

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! (472 reviews)

"quiet, spacious room, clean, close to town centre"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2021

Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
The Village Resort
The Village Resort
4 out of 5
82 Lake Terrace, Taupo, Waikato
The price is NZ$169 per night from 26 Feb. to 27 Feb.

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! (84 reviews)

"Nice property with good facilities.Close to town. Would stay again"…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec. 2020

The Village Resort
Sacred Waters
Sacred Waters
5 out of 5
221-225 Lake Terrace, Waipahihi, Taupo, Waikato
The price is NZ$323 per night from 28 Feb. to 1 Mar.

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! (317 reviews)

"Great location and secure parking. Nice pool and spacious apartment, balcony semi private"…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2021

Sacred Waters
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

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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

Jim

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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