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Taupo

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Great Cloak of Tia
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia. Maori culture regards the lake as the beating heart of a fish (that fish being North Island), because of its volcanic activity and location at the island's center. A Taupo holiday naturally offers plenty in the way of lakeside activities, including ample trout fishing and a range of water sports. With its views of the water, surrounding forests and areas of geothermal activity, plus close proximity to ski centers, Taupo draws visitors year-round. Make this your base for exploring the scenery on the many well-maintained hiking and mountain bike routes. Use our New Zealand trip maker website to arrange your visit to Taupo and any other destinations in New Zealand that take your fancy.
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Popular things to do in Taupo

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Huka Falls Walkway
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Maori Rock Carvings ©
Landmark
Maori Rock Carvings
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Taupo

Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Hiking Trail
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tongariro National Park
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Hot Spring
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Rotorua
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Zipline
Zipline Rotorua
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Te Puia ©
Hot Spring
Te Puia Rotorua
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Taupo

Aratiatia Rapids ©
Landmark
Aratiatia Rapids
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.8
Duration: 4 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Lake Taupo ©
Water Body
Lake Taupo
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Taupo

Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley ©
Hot Spring
Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley
3.0
Duration: 2 hours
Whakaipo Bay
Water Body
Whakaipo Bay
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Craters of the Moon ©
Geologic Formation
Craters of the Moon
3.7
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Taupo

Huka Prawn Park ©
Theme Park
Huka Prawn Park
3.4
Duration: 2 hours
Kinloch Beach ©
Beach
Kinloch Beach
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
Huka Honey Hive ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Huka Honey Hive
4.0
Duration: 30 minutes
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort ©
Water Park
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min

Outdoors in Taupo

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Taupo Rod & Tackle ©
Outdoor Activity
Taupo Rod & Tackle
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
White Striker Charters
Outdoor Activity
White Striker Charters
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
M V Waimarie
Outdoor Activity
M V Waimarie
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
Mount Tauhara
Outdoor Activity
Mount Tauhara
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Taupo Wake Park ©
Waterskiing / Jetskiiing
Taupo Wake Park
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Lava Glass ©
Garden
Lava Glass
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Taupo Market ©
Farmers Market
Taupo Market
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hobbiton Movie Set ©
Landmark
Hobbiton Movie Set Hinuera
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Taupo

As a resort town, Taupo offers a diversity of accommodations. Boutique, luxury, and spa hotels are easily found in the town center, while some of the more luxurious options are set farther out in secluded spots reachable by car or taxi. Backpacker hostels and rental apartments provide good options for those wanting to get up into the mountains, or out onto the lake to enjoy the activities.
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