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Taupo

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Waterfalls · Geologic Formations · Landmarks

Popular things to do in Taupo

Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway
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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
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Landmark
Maori Rock Carvings
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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.

Side trips from Taupo

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

Hidden gems in Taupo

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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
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Water Body
Lake Taupo
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Taupo

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

Kid-friendly things to do in Taupo

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

Outdoors in Taupo

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

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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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