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Taupo is a popular destination for visitors, thanks to its clean, crisp air and relaxed lifestyle. Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, formed over 5,000 years ago by a massive volcanic eruption. Trout fishing is a popular activity in the area and there are over 80km of purpose-built mountain biking tracks for cycling enthusiasts. The region is home to Tongariro National Park, one of the only Dual World Heritage Parks in the world, known for its snow-capped mountains and steaming thermal areas.

Lake Taupo - Huka Falls Trail, Photo Credit: Fraser Clements


Experience Taupō Region

  • Events capital of New Zealand
  • Fantastic trout fishing
  • Awesome ski fields
  • Great hiking and biking
  • Ultimate outdoor adventures


You´ll ❤️ these great things to see & do…

  • Catch a trout and eat it al fresco
  • Take the one day trek (17 kilometres) at Mount Taranaki
  • Ski the snow powdered slopes of Mt Ruapehu
  • Be there for Ironman – a great event
  • Soak in a thermal hot pool.
  • Scream as you leap from a plane or bungy platform
  • Take a wild jetboat ride to the base of Huka Falls
  • Take the floatplane to Orakei Korako thermal area


Top 5 Walks

  1. Spa Thermal Park to Huka Falls (2hrs return)
  2. Huka Falls to Aratiatia Rapids (4hrs return)
  3. Great Lake Walkway (time varies)
  4. Rangatira Point Walking Track (1.5hrs return)
  5. Kinloch to Kawakawa (4hrs return)


Approximate driving times to Taupo

  • From Auckland -4 hours
  • From Wellington – 5 hours 20 minutes
  • From Rotorua -1 hour
  • From Napier-2 hours


 Useful Lake Taupō Resources


The Taupo region in New Zealand is known for its wild trout fishing and swimming opportunities. It is considered the crown jewel of New Zealand, offering visitors the chance to ski on a volcano or relax in the native bush. Tourists flock to the region for its many geothermal pools, perfect for indulging and relaxing.

For thrill-seekers, jet boating on the raging river is a must-do activity, especially for those spending time with family or friends. The locals are known for their hospitality, adding to the grandeur of the surrounding landscape and overall experience.

The Taupo region boasts a rugged terrain, rich in history and art. It is easily accessible and a real haven for tourists seeking a true break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Taupo is home to the largest commercial tandem skydiving drop zone in the world. The region offers plenty of skydiving operations, cafes, fine dining restaurants, and great sightseeing options. Tourists can enjoy picturesque and dramatic views of the mountains and the beautiful freshwater lake.

The vibrant culture and natural beauty offer a range of sights and activities that cater to various tastes and preferences. There are many accommodation options, from star-rated to budget-friendly, to suit all budgets. Travel agents put together great package deals that allow visitors to explore this fabulous destination.

There are plenty of online and offline resources that offer great holiday ideas in Taupo. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an action-packed adventure, Taupo has something for everyone.

The Best Tours & Day Trips from/in Taupo

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Chris Jolly Scenic Cruise


Nobody cruises further than our Cruise Catamaran. Once aboard the Cruise Cat you can take a seat and enjoy all the comforts as you cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings and around the picturesque bays of Lake Taupo. A full commentary is given on the volcanic history and Maori mythology surrounding Lake Taupo. Take in the fabulous views of secluded bays and the spectacular mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Daily scenic cruises operate all year round, except for the twilight cruise, and the scenery is stunning. On a clear day, the majestic volcanoes of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro can be seen from the Southern end of the lake. This scenic cruise is the smoothest, fastest and most comfortable way to see the Maori Rock Carvings and all the fabulous sites. The Maori Rock Carvings are not ancient carvings but were created using traditional techniques in the late 1970's. They tell t....
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Huka Prawn Park Taupo


On the banks of the beautiful Waikato River, just minutes from Taupo towncentre, you’ll find the iconic and unique family playground of Huka Prawn Park. With acers of land dedicated to the production of New Zealand fresh water prawns, and pure family fun, Huka Prawn Park offers a day of fun and excitement for all ages.


Prawn Fishing
Geothermal Foot Baths
Trout Viewing and Feeding
Other interactive Activities
1 hour is suggested for this experience.

Opening hours

Fishing Park - Weekdays 9.30am to 3.30pm. Weekends 9.00am to 4.00pm.
Park Tours (approx. 25 min) - Daily 10am, 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Riverside Restaurant - Weekdays 10.00am to 03.00pm. Weekends 09.00am to 04.00pm
Please note all hours are subject to change.

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Hukafalls Jetboat Ride Taupo

[wonderplugin_gallery id="87"] Jet boat to the base of New Zealand's MOST visited natural attraction - the spectacular Huka Falls! Hukafalls Jet is the only jet boat company permitted to take you there! A must-do attraction whether you're staying in Taupo, nearby in Rotorua or just passing through on your way somewhere else. This half hour of thrills, fun and excitement takes you along the beautiful Waikato River, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and hot water streams. Marvel at the incredible water-level views of the spectacular Huka Falls as you slide past cliffs and trees at an incredible 80km an hour in a state of the art jet boat. Then get ready for a 360 degree spin, leaving you with a beaming smile and a heart pumping with adrenaline. Operating on this stretch of the river since 1990, Hukafalls Jet has an outstanding record of professionalism and safety and is a must-do experience whilst in Taupo. TAUPO, RUAPEHU & TONGARIRO....
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NZ Riverjet – The Squeeze


Begin with a scenic jet boat ride through Tutukau Gorge. Just when you thought you had an easy day ahead, your driver asks you to disembark the boat in knee deep warm water. You head towards a narrow gap in the cliff face ahead of you and start the challenge of The Squeeze. After manoeuvring your way through narrow crevasses, climbing boulders, and wading through warm waist deep water you emerge in stunning native New Zealand bush. Immerse yourself in the environment and take the opportunity to soak up the atmosphere while relaxing in the thermal waters of a naturally heated bathing pool. While ‘squeezing’ your way back to the boat, prepare your self for the action packed ride ahead of you. Children are welcome but must meet physical criteria and have a minimum age of 6 years old. Departs at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm....
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NZ Riverjet – Thermal Safari


Only the New Zealand Riverjet Thermal Safari incorporates a fantastic geothermal wonderland and a thrilling jet boating experience. All this and more is packed into an absolute Must See Must Do 2½ to 3 hour trip. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and take in the spectacular scenery of the Waikato River, to learn about the Maori culture of this beautiful volcanic area and to hear the fascinating tales of times gone by. This awesome adventure brings you up close to a slice of New Zealand scenery only a select few have seen. The stunning scenery of the mighty Waikato River makes you feel like time stood still as you gently cruise through the spectacular Tutukau Gorge where the canyon walls rise dramatically up to 50 metres above the water. The stunning native bush and abundant wildlife you’ll encounter will leave you with a lasting impression. During several stops along the way our drivers explain....
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Taupo Bungy Jump

  New Zealand's highest cliff-top Bungy Jump is located 47 meters (154 feet) above the Waikato River. With toes over the edge,, check out the stunning views before taking the plunge into or towards the crystal clear waters below. Jump solo or tandem with a friend. Choose to be dunked or go dry, however, you take the plunge, this is an adrenalin-fuelled thrill you’ll never forget. Home to New Zealand’s largest lake and a dramatic landscape of snow-capped mountains, towering volcanoes, and steaming geothermal valleys the site is an awe-inspiring haven for thrill-seekers. There is so much to learn about our business and our people. From our views on the environment to our safety standards. Our business has a fair amount of depth, so we can tell you about our history and the development of our specialized equipment. We are open 364 days of the year, closed only on Christmas Day. Our operational hours are: 9.00 am until 4.30 pm in Winter 9.00 am until 7.00 pm in Summer ....
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Tongario Crossing Guided Walk


The Tongariro Alpine Crossing spans the length of Mt Tongariro (19.4Ks) and takes about 7-9 hours. You start from the Mangatepopo Valley and walk over towards the Ketetahi road end as this will minimise the climbing involved. Winter Tongariro Alpine Trek (1st June-31st Oct) - Guided We guide the Tongariro Alpine Crossing all year and every day mother nature allows us a safe and enjoyable passage. Winter Guided Tongariro Alpine Treks are from 1st June-31st Oct. The route follows the same route as in summer. We can pick up from your accommodation in either, National Park Village, Taupo, Turangi, or Whakapapa Village, if prearranged (surcharge applies). The Group price includes:-A guide to customer ratio of maximum 1:10 (generally 1:6-8) crampon & ice axe, meeting at our base at 7.30am with return transport to our base at approx 5pm and a well earned refreshment at the finish. We have a great range....
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