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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo

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! (997 reviews)

"Very good 1 bedroom apartment rooms With lots of space and modern look and facilities. A few minor issues like there not being enough towels for 4 people, the Sofa bed wasn’t made up and there were a few items of food and drink in the fridge from the previous guests. Overall, a very good stay and ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2020

Hilton Lake Taupo
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
3.5 out of 5
76-80 Lake Terrace, Taupo
The price is NZ$126 per night

Situated on a lake, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Taupo and Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp. Taupo Bungy and Taupo Hot Springs are also within 3 mi (5 ...

4/5Very Good! (947 reviews)

"Excellent location - walking distance to town and right on the lake front."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2020

Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
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

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. Taupo ...

4.4/5Excellent! (867 reviews)

"The chalet was lovely and cosy. It was clean. We thought the 2 bedroom chalet would be big, just like the one that we had before. They forgot the pillow, blanket and towel for the fifth person. But thats okay. Overall, it was nice and look forward to stay there again. Cant wait for summer"…"

Reviewed on 1 Jun. 2020

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort

Popular places to visit in Taupo

Craters of the Moon
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Craters of the Moon

4.5/5(152 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(38 reviews)

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

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave

4.5/5(152 reviews)

Walk through a volcanic landscape to see large silica terraces, mud pools and the only geothermal cave in New Zealand.

Top activities in Taupo

Sail Barbary - Eco sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings
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Sail Barbary - Eco sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings

NZ$42
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Lake Taupo Scenic Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings
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Lake Taupo Scenic Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings

NZ$35
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Tongariro Self Guided Audio Walking Tour
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Tongariro Self Guided Audio Walking Tour

NZ$22
Per adult
Tongariro River Grade 3 Whitewater Rafting
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Tongariro River Grade 3 Whitewater Rafting

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

NZ$225
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
General Entry to Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort Water Park
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General Entry to Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort Water Park

NZ$24
Per adult

Reviews of Taupo

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 37.30846102598268%
3 - Okay
59
3 - Okay 3.9307128580946036%
2 - Disappointing
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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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