Located in the centre of NZ’s North Island, the Taupō region is an easily accessible holiday spot. Home to stunning scenery, amazing sunsets, natural hot pools, the country’s largest lake, tons of accommodation options and affordable year-round activities, this region is the perfect getaway destination.
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Taupō offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit various preferences and budgets. From backpacker hostels, self-catering motel rooms, holiday apartments, right through to fine luxury lodges.
Things to do in Taupō
During the warmer months, Taupō offers a wide array of activities and attractions to make the most of the beautiful weather and stunning surroundings. Here are some fantastic things to do in Taupō.
With its diverse range of activities catering to various interests, Taupō in summer provides an ideal playground for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking relaxation amidst stunning natural beauty.
Water Activities on Lake Taupō
Enjoy swimming, kayaking, paddleboarding, parasailing, or cruising on the crystal-clear waters of Lake Taupō. You can rent equipment or join guided tours to explore the lake.
Hiking and Walking Trails
Explore the scenic beauty of the region by hiking or walking along various trails. The Great Lake Walkway, Huka Falls Walkway, and Spa Park to Huka Falls Track offer breathtaking views of the lake, waterfalls, and geothermal areas.
Now is a great time of the year to take on the iconic Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand’s most famous day hikes. This challenging trek offers stunning volcanic landscapes, emerald lakes, and panoramic views.
Skydiving and Bungy Jumping
Experience adrenaline-pumping activities like skydiving or bungy jumping for an exhilarating view of Lake Taupō and its surroundings.
There are plenty of free and affordable family-friendly activities in Taupō suitable for all ages.
- Take a short walk to witness the impressive Huka Falls.
- Visit the playgrounds along the lakefront.
- Challenge each other to a round of mini golf.
- Discover the local history and culture at the Taupō Museum.
- Tackle an escape room for immersive puzzle-solving experiences.
- Bring along the family to Mind Junction Activity Park and get lost in the giant maze, see the Lego display, hang out in the discovery centre, plus so much more.
Explore mountain biking trails suitable for all levels, from beginner-friendly tracks to challenging downhill trails in Craters Mountain Bike Park or the Great Lake Trails.
Enjoy trout fishing in Lake Taupō, known for its abundant trout population. You can hire a fishing charter or try your luck from the shore or riverbanks.
Get a bird’s eye view of the region by taking a scenic flight over Lake Taupō and the surrounding volcanic landscapes.
Relaxing at Hot Pools
Unwind at the Taupō De Bretts Hot Springs or Wairakei Thermal Valley, soaking in natural hot pools and rejuvenating in a tranquil setting.
Play a round of golf at one of the scenic golf courses around Taupō, some offering stunning views of the lake and mountains.
The region plays host to renowned events like the annual IRONMAN New Zealand, Lake Taupō Cycle Challenge, Great Lake Relay, and Across the Lake Swim. Festivities include the Taupō Winter Festival, offering indulgence in food, wine, music, and cheerful celebrations.
Art enthusiasts flock to Graffiato for a dose of culture, while the Taupō Summer Concert draws crowds with international music acts.
Additionally, a spectrum of activities spans golf, fishing, motorsport, and diverse sporting events, complemented by music gigs, parades, workshops, and engaging community performances.
Countless events consistently come back to the banks of Lake Taupō, becoming a recurring fixture year in and year out.