Insider's Guide to Taupo

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Huka Falls

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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 River, thundering over a 20-meter cliff ...  Read more

Lake Taupo

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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 606-square-kilometer lake lies in the ...  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 nearby Huka Falls. Feeding the Aratiatia ...  Read more

Craters of the Moon

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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 geothermic wonders. With Lake Taupo situated ...  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 terraces, filled with geothermal water. ...  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 family-friendly destination you’re looking for. ...  Read more

Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay

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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 examples of the Maori Rock carvings at ...  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 Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and ...  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 layer to the Taupo experience. The ...  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 of Taupo and Rotorua were created, pay a ...  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 the lush Waipahihi Botanical Gardens is ...  Read more

Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

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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 the mind-blowing landscapes of the nearby ...  Read more

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