things to do in Taupo
Kia ora and welcome to Taupo - the jewel in the Central North
This is the Taupo region. The heart of Aotearoa New Zealand's beautiful North Island.
Taupo is one of those places that kiwis and overseas visitors flock to for fun, action packed adrenalin fueled activities or the total opposite; a place to chill in nature surrounded by stunning beauty and tranquility.
At the centre of our region is sparkling Lake Taupo, the great inland sea of New Zealand. As you travel around the lake, you will find every landscape you can imagine. Snow-blanketed winter ski fields and alpine deserts. Ancient forests alive with birdsong. Trout-filled rivers and the thundering Huka Falls.
Steaming geothermal valleys with rejuvenating hot springs. Three towering volcanoes in the awesome and otherwordly landscape of Tongariro National Park.
Looking for things to do in Taupo? You’re spoilt for choice!
"For more information about the Great Lake Taupo region,
please visit the official Great Lake Taupo visitor information website."
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A Journey DownUnder.
'The Great Lake Trails - part of Nga Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail network and one of New Zealand's Great Rides - are an all-season journey of volcanic discovery skirting the rim of NZ's largest lake. Weaving through lush native forest and wetlands, past waterfalls and beaches and over deep gorges, the trails lead you to elevated lookouts with spectacular views of snowy volcanic peaks and down to secluded swimming beaches and the crystal-clear waters of Lake Taupo. The beautiful lakeside village of Kinloch acts as a riding hub to the nearby trails offering luxury lodge and B&B accommodation. Off trails, enjoy the beautiful swimming beach, marina and quality food, craft beer and coffee on offer at the local cafe and general store.
TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing has earned its reputation as New Zealand's most impressive one-day hike. Trek across a cratered volcanic moonscape of dramatic contrasts - delicate alpine meadows, tussock land, turquoise mineral lakes, and native forest home to many birds and New Zealand's rare native bats.
'The Place of Adorning' - a spectacular Geothermal attraction located between Taupo and Rotorua. The large geothermal field straddles the Waikato River at Lake Ohakuri, with an unique boat ride that takes you to the geothermal park. Scenery with it's ever-changing beauty, this valley represents thermal perfection. Orakei Korako is alive with activity escaping the terraces and bubbling into the lake below. Incredible, vibrant colour, gurgling Mud Pools, Volcanic Hot Springs and a very rare Geothermal Cave. A hidden valley of exceptional natural beauty.
Set amongst beautiful lakeside locations and surrounded by rolling hills, native birds and mountainous backdrops, golfing in Taupo is not only world-class but has the added bonus of breathtaking scenery. With its nine highly regarded golf courses - two of which are consistently ranked in the top 100 courses outside the USA and top 12 in New Zealand - Taupo is considered a golfers paradise. From the rugged tussock-covered hills and lakeside location at the award-winning Jack Nicklaus- designed The Kinloch Club course with its onsite lodge and exquisite food and wine, to the lush countryside of the predator-free Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary, where you might even spot a dashing pheasant, wandering fallow deer or sight New Zealand's only native falcon the 'Karearea 'who have been breeding successfully in recently years.