Insider's Guide to Taupo

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Lake Taupo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Not only New Zealand’s largest lake, but the second largest in all of Australasia, the vast Lake Taupo is the aquatic heart of New Zealand’s North Island. The ...  Read more

Huka Falls

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

One of New Zealand’s most visited natural attractions, just over a kilometer north of Taupo city, the mighty Huka Falls are the largest falls on the Waikato ...  Read more

Aratiatia Rapids

Just 13km outside of Taupo, the Aratiatia Dam offers one of Taupo’s most visited free attractions and makes a popular day trip combined with a visit to the ...  Read more

Craters of the Moon

An otherworldly landscape of bubbling mud pools and steam-puffing vents, Taupo’s Craters of the Moon park offers a dramatic introduction to the region’s ...  Read more

Wairakei Terraces

One of New Zealand’s most famous geothermal attractions, the dramatic Wairakei Terraces have become an iconic postcard image – a magnificent expanse of silica ...  Read more

Tongariro River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Originating in the mountains of Tongariro National Park and spilling down towards Lake Taupo, the Tongariro River forms the upper section of the greater ...  Read more

Huka Prawn Park

If bungee jumping and sky-diving over Lake Taupo sound a little too hair-raising for your tastes, the nearby Huka Prawn park might be just the kind of ...  Read more

Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay

The unique art and handicrafts produced by New Zealand’s Maori population are among the country’s most vibrant and celebrated art works. There are few better ...  Read more

Mt Tauhara

Lake Taupo is best known for all of its different watersports, but it’s also one of the best places for hiking on the North Island of New Zealand. For one of ...  Read more

Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park (The Hidden Valley)

A geothermic wonderland of hissing geysers, bubbling hot springs and natural silica terraces, the Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park serves up some of New ...  Read more

Taupo Museum

Presenting a fascinating insight into the history and heritage of one of New Zealand’s most unique regions, the Lake Taupo Museum and Art Gallery adds another ...  Read more

Volcanic Activity Center

From ground-shuddering earthquakes to lava-spewing volcanoes, New Zealand has seen it all and if you’ve ever wondered how the unearthly geothermal landscapes ...  Read more

Waikato River

Spilling 259 miles from Mt. Ruapehu to its terminus with the Tasman Sea, the Waikato River is the most famous—and longest—river in all of New Zealand. It’s ...  Read more

Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

If you’ve spent a few days exploring New Zealand’s barren geothermal fields and steaming mud pools, you’ll likely be glad for a change of scenery and exploring ...  Read more

Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

In a region teeming with geothermic attractions, the Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley has a lot of competition, but while the scenery doesn’t quite live up to ...  Read more

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