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Things to do in Taupo

Waterfall
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Hike or bike the trails around Huka Falls Walkway, draining the country's largest lake by surface area and appealing to both amateur photogra
Tours from $76
Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
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Taupo adrenaline/extreme tours provide a range of ways to get that perfect dose of adventure in New Zealand. You can skydive, bungee jump, or
Tours from $100
Hiking Trail
Tongariro Alpine Crossing , Tongariro National Park
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Get ready for an outdoor adventure among some of New Zealand's best volcanic scenery at Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Linking Mangatepopo and Ke
Tours from $15
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Nowhere else in the world can you soar through an untouched New Zealand Forest and become a part of a conservation success story all in one! Since James and Andrew opened our doors in 2012, we have been working hard to preserve one of New Zealand’s most unique and untouched forests. We created this experience to transport you into a Jurassic world, showcasing New Zealand’s unique plants and wildlife. You help this project; your entry contributes back to our conservation efforts to save this ancient world. Thank you for your support!You will be part of a small group (maximum 10 per group) with two of our knowledgeable kiwi guides who will delight you, making sure you safely enjoy every moment. Ask as many questions as you'd like and capture the moments with pictures and videos (although we have free photos of your experience for you after the tour). There’s good reason we have been named the best nature activity in the world! – come and see for yourself!
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Speed Boats Tour
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We suggest booking in advance.Select from 4 top choices.
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Hot Spring
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Discover the surreal volcanic landscape of Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a natural geothermal area stretching over 18 sq km (7 sq mi). Choos
Tours from $157

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Taupo

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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. Make Taupo central to your New Zealand travel plans using our New Zealand travel planner.

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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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