Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, is set against the stunning background of volcanic mountains, waterfalls, lush native forest and geothermal activity with geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools.Taupo is a great lake for water-skiin... Show More
Tourist Information About Taupo
Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake, is set against the stunning background of volcanic mountains, waterfalls, lush native forest and geothermal activity with geysers, steaming craters and boiling mud pools.Taupo is a great lake for water-skiing, sailing and kayaking. The Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, which can only be seen from the water, make for a great boat trip. The forests surrounding the lake offer hiking and mountain biking to suit all levels of experience.Taupo offers world class trout fishing, boating, whitewater rafting and jet boating in the surrounding rivers, and just north of Lake Taupo you'll find New Zealand's most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 litres of water thunder over the cliff face every second.
Best Attractions and free things to do in Taupo
Are you a thrill seeker in need of a good time? Visit Taupo Tandem Skydiving to jump out of a plane 18,500 ft high! Feel on top of the world as you conquer Taupo's highest skydive! Take the leap at the same altitude as Mount Everest Base Camp and experience the insanity of 75 seconds of freefall. On your parachute ride back down to earth, enjoy sweeping views of Lake Taupo and Mount Ruapehu.
2. Sailing Lake Taupo
The most peaceful thing to do on a sunny, brisk Taupo day is sail the world renowned lake. The best way to explore Lake Taupo and choose the most environmentally friendly way to travel – with a scenic sailing tour to the Māori Rock Carvings. Escape the hectic life and join the classical sailing boat Kindred Spirit for a true sailing experience. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the lake’s remarkable coastline as you discover the bays and hidden bush while listening to the onboard commentary about Taupo’s history and culture.
3. Cruise to the famous Ngātoroirangi Māori Rock Carvings
Enjoy 90 minutes of exploring all the magic Taupo has to offer. Spacious viewing platforms get you close to the scenery and is suitable for all ages to enjoy Taupo at its finest. Live commentary of the history of the region is awesome, with passionate staff to make your day!
4. Mt Ruapehu flight
Experience Ruapehu from the air and earn yourself long lasting memories with this unforgettable flight. Its flightseeing at its best! Discover NZ’s most scenic & spectacular vistas. Enjoy a unique flightseeing experience over Tongariro National Park, snow-capped mountains and volcanoes, geothermal wonders.
5. Visit Huka Falls
Watch 220,000 liters of water per second rushing through a narrow crevice over the magnificent Huka Falls. There are also many walking, hiking and biking tracks around the famous falls to visit and explore.
6. Explore Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park has been attracting adventurers of all ages since 1887, thanks to its three active volcanoes and iconic and spectacular landscapes.
Tongariro National Park is the ideal place for families, couples, and explorers seeking adventure, fun, and an escape into nature, with wide-open areas, some of the best hikes in the world, and must-see natural treasures.
7. The Great Lake Pathway
The Great Lake Pathway, voted New Zealand's Favorite Urban Ride in 2017, is a 10-kilometer paved track that runs from Taupo Harbour to Five Mile Bay. It's a level stroll or a grade 1 bike ride that's good for buggies and wheelchairs.
We encourage checking out this track whether you ride a regular bike (or e-bike) or walk it!
8. Opepe Scenic & Historic Reserve
Explore natural bush and learn about local history in this gorgeous and historic reserve, which is only a short drive from Taupo. This beautiful reserve has so much to offer, including native birds, native trees and stunning views.
9. Tokaanu Thermal Walk
On this short, simple stroll, see steaming hot mineral waters and sputtering mud pools. The Tokaanu Thermal Walk is near to the Tokaanu Thermal Pools, where you can spend only a few bucks to soak in a hot tub.
10. Waikato River Trails
A variety of free riverbank routes are available for walkers and mountain bikers. Crossing the 70-meter suspension bridge across the Mangakino Stream is a highlight. Follow the river at your own pace to get a new perspective of the Mighty Awa.
From Atiamuri Village to Lake Karapiro, the routes encompass around 100 kilometers of previously inaccessible Southern Waikato area. Waikato River Trails invites everyone to enjoy the wonder and beauty of New Zealand native bush, exotic woodland, and the communities of Atiamuri, Whakamaru, Mangakino, and Arapuni, where an exquisite pace of life awaits you.