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How to Spend 2 Days in Taupo

How to Spend 2 Days in Taupo

Adventure sports are big in Taupo, and whether you have experience or want to try something totally new, this central North Island city offers lots of opportunities. Travelers who want a more sedate experience will also find gentle, water-based sightseeing attractions. Here’s how to plan your two days in Taupo.

Day 1: Get Active

**Morning:**Taupo’s scenery is one of its highlights, so spend this morning taking it in. Travelers seeking a serious thrill can get a bird’s-eye view of the caldera lake and surrounding area on a tandem skydive over Lake Taupo, formed by a supervolcanic eruption centuries ago. Alternatively, join a white-water-rafting or jet-boat trip for a less terrifying thrill.

**Afternoon:**Change the pace in the afternoon by renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or hop on a sightseeing cruise on Lake Taupo. Whichever you choose, the contemporary Maori stone carvings in a corner of the lake are a lovely spot to check out while paddling or sailing past.

**Night:**If you didn’t opt for an afternoon sightseeing cruise on Lake Taupo, join an evening one instead. In town on a Friday night? Grab dinner at the Friday Night Food Market and tuck in while strolling along the lakefront. 

Day 2: Geothermal Activity

**Morning:**The central North Island is a geothermal wonderland, with hot mud pools, bubbling waters, steaming vents, otherworldly colors, and some interesting smells. Spend your second day in Taupo at a geothermal park just outside the city, and learn about this geological phenomenon, as well as how the local Maori people have used geothermal resources over the centuries.

**Afternoon:**Warm up—or cool down—at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort in the afternoon. The geothermal water park offers private bathing rooms and outdoor public pools that are warmed to different temperatures. Kids can also enjoy waterslides and other water features.

**Night:**Taupo has a lively, backpacker party scene, so whether you want to grab a local beer (or two) on your last evening in the city and call it an early night or dance into the wee hours, you’re covered.

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Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo

Maori Rock Carvings Eco Sailing Taupo

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Relax aboard a sailing yacht on Great Lake Taupo during this sightseeing cruise to Maori rock carvings. Accessible solely by water, this impressive rock art on the cliffs of Mine Bay was created by a master carver in 1976. You’ll come up close to the 22-foot-high (10-meter) gallery and enjoy postcard views from the deck. Relax with a complimentary glass of wine or beer if you sail in the evening.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride from Taupo

Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride from Taupo

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Spin and speed your way to Huka Falls during a thrilling jetboat ride on the Waikato River. Hold on tight as you zip over the crystal-clear waters past rugged cliffs and native bush on New Zealand's longest river. Feel the power of the thundering waterfall up close as it blasts into the turbulent pool. Round-trip transport is included from hotels in Taupo.
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  • 30 minutes
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The Maori Carvings Half Day Kayak

The Maori Carvings Half Day Kayak

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Take in the scenery of Lake Taupo during this half-day kayaking tour from Taupo. After a brief paddling lesson, set out in your kayak from Jerusalem Bay. Follow your guide along the shoreline of New Zealand’s largest lake to rock cliffs where you can see Maori carvings. Stop at a scenic spot for snacks and an optional swim on a tour that is suitable for all levels of experience.
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  • 4 hours
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle Options

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle Options

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Trek across stark volcanic terrain on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. This independent day hike takes you past Mt Tongariro with an optional side trip to the summit of Mt Ngauruhoe, located within the World Heritage area of Tongariro National Park. You’re provided with a round-trip transfer, map and information sheet to prepare you for the 6- to 10-hour trek. Early morning shuttle service is available from your accommodation in Taupo or Turangi, or from the Base Camp or Ketetahi parking lots.
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  • 8 hours
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Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride and Whitewater Rafting

Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride and Whitewater Rafting

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Enjoy a thrilling combo of 2 of Taupo's best water activities. You’ll have the time of your life with each adrenaline-charged experience: Spin out to Huka Falls on a Waikato River jet-boat ride and go whitewater rafting on the Tongariro River. With professional guides and all equipment provided, you’ll see all angles of Taupo’s great outdoors.
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  • 7 hours
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Lake Taupo 15,000-Foot Tandem Skydiving

Lake Taupo 15,000-Foot Tandem Skydiving

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Fall to Earth from 15,000 feet (4,570 meters) on this tandem skydiving adventure at Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s original drop zone. Get picked up in a stretch Hummer, and prepare for your flight with an orientation and professional gear. After cruising to altitude, summon your courage and jump from the plane with a tandem master over the shores of Lake Taupo. During 60 unforgettable seconds of freefall, catch views of both coasts and the snowy peaks of Tongariro National Park before gliding back to solid ground via parachute.
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  • 3 hours
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Self-Guided Geothermal Tour in Orakei Korako

Self-Guided Geothermal Tour in Orakei Korako

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Experience the thrill of New Zealand’s volcanic landscapes on a self-guided tour of the Orakei Korako geothermal area. Follow the 1.5-mile (2.5km) boardwalk around the park and stop to admire startling silica terraces, peer into bubbling mud pools and watch hissing geysers. Be sure not to miss the Ruatapu Cave, one of only two geothermal caves in the world and home to a mesmerizing thermal mirror pool.
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  • 2 hours
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General Entry to Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort Water Park

General Entry to Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort Water Park

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Relax into the natural hot spring waters of Taupo’s DeBretts Spa Resort after a busy day of sightseeing. Or, splash around and have some fun in the outdoor playground and waterslides. This spa resort caters to many interests. There are two large mineral pools to enjoy, as well as a waterfall feature, bubbling hydrotherapy jets, and beautifully landscaped gardens.
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Stand Up Paddle Board Hire - Lake Taupo

Stand Up Paddle Board Hire - Lake Taupo

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Enjoy Lake Taupo in an active yet relaxing way with a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rental. You can set off across the water at your own pace, paddling along the shore or checking out sights such as the Maori Rock Carvings.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Taupo Self-Guided Audio Tour

Taupo Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore Taupo at your own pace with a self-guided audio tour. Using your smartphone or mp3 player, you'll follow a downloaded map to see the sights of the city and Lake Taupo shoreline. As you go, learn about the area's geothermal history and activity.
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