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.

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
4.5 out of 5
76 Napier-Taupo Road, SH 5, Taupo
The price is NZ$90 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
This family-friendly Taupo holiday park is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Taupo Hot Springs and Waipahihi Botanical Gardens. Lake Taupo ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (894 reviews)
"Good for family to stay"

Reviewed on 23 Oct. 2021

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Millennium Resort Manuels
Millennium Resort Manuels
4.5 out of 5
243 Lake Terrace, Taupo
The price is NZ$200 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Located in Waipahihi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Taupo and Waipahihi Botanical Gardens. Three Mile Bay and Taupo Hot Springs are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (847 reviews)
"We had a very friendly professional greeting on arrival and the bonus of an upgrade which was a lovely surprise. The room was well presented and the furnishings very comfortable and stylish. We ate at the Edgewater restaurant and had a fantastic meal with excellent service. The staff were a pleasure ..."

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2021

Millennium Resort Manuels
Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
The price is NZ$210 per night from 31 Oct. to 31 Oct.
Located in Hilltop, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taupo Hot Springs and Waipahihi Botanical Gardens. Taupo Bungy and Golf Club Taupo are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (989 reviews)
"Lovely outlook and great facilities. Staff were very attentive."

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2021

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.
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
The price is NZ$133 per night from 9 Nov. to 9 Nov.
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Taupo, Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Taupo Museum and Art Gallery. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (528 reviews)
"Very neat,tidy nd clean..awesome welcome by the staff😁"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
The Village Resort
The Village Resort
4 out of 5
The price is NZ$195 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
This family-friendly Taupo aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Taupo, Taupo Museum and Art Gallery and Taupo i-SITE ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (121 reviews)
"Friendly staff, beautifully maintained property. Excellent amenities. Will stay again."

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2021

The Village Resort
Baycrest Lodge
Baycrest Lodge
4 out of 5
79 Mere Rd, Taupo
The price is NZ$192 per night from 27 Oct. to 27 Oct.
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lake Taupo, Taupo Hot Springs and Taupo Bungy. Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (546 reviews)
"Absolutely loved our stay. Checkin was quick and hassel free, with a friendly welcome. Our room was clean and warm, large comfortable bed, bathroom was spacious with disability access shower. Added bonus of our own private thermal pool."

Reviewed on 5 Sep. 2021

Baycrest Lodge
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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