Taupo

Travel Guide
Huka Falls featuring a bridge and rapids as well as a large group of people

Visit a beautiful lakeside town and venture into its surrounding volcanic countryside to see awesome natural wonders and to enjoy thrilling outdoor adventures.

Taupo sits in the caldera of a super volcano on Lake Taupo, Australasia’s largest freshwater lake. It is a place where you can explore geothermal landscapes and take part in outdoor activities. Thrill to lake cruises and trout fishing and hike and mountain bike through the volcanic countryside.

Begin exploring the culture, heritage and geological history of the area at the Lake Taupo Museum and Art Gallery. Permanent and changing exhibitions focus on the history of the area and the culture of its peoples.

Many visitors come to Taupo to experience its geothermal attractions. Walk on boardwalks by boiling mud craters and steam vents at the Craters of the Moon. Drive 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) north of Taupo for the Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave at Wairakei. See the magnificent silica terraces and look inside the only geothermal cave in New Zealand.

Witness the power of nature at the Aratiatia Rapids when thousands of gallons of water per second rush through the regulated opening of the dam gates. Watch the awe-inspiring Huka Falls, one of the most photographed natural attractions in New Zealand. Get up close to the waterfall on a boat cruise or a thrilling jet boat ride that spins close to the plunging water.

Discover the scenic wonder of the Taupo region by hiking or biking along its many trails. A popular mountain bike route is the Great Lake Trail along the shores of Lake Taupo. If you are into fishing, cast your line into the water. This area is known for its trout fishing.

Taupo has all the amenities you would expect of a major town. There is a great range of cafés, bars and restaurants, some of which enjoy beautiful lakeside views.

A stay in Taupo puts North Island’s geothermal and volcanic wonders right on your doorstep. To get here, fly into Auckland, approximately a 3-hour drive away. Alternatively, land in Wellington and drive north for about 4.5 hours. Buses also connect both these places to Taupo.

Where to stay in Taupo

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
4.5 out of 5
76 Napier-Taupo Road, SH 5, Taupo, 3330
The price is £46 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury holiday park in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (926 reviews)
"Booked the super lodge. Very warm and spacious. Had one large bedroom, bunk room, seperate shower and toilet, full kitchen, living room and own balcony. Room was reasonably clean. Seemed like they never changed the top blanket/comforter though. Pools were amazing especially at night time, downfall ..."

Reviewed on 9 May 2022

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo, 3330
The price is £103 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (989 reviews)
"It'll be interesting how this hotel navigates the post Covid-19 world. I'm unsure if they are still going to be able to deliver the same level of service that they previously offered. For example, we had to wait almost 2 hours for our room upon check-in and from what I understand, that was typical ..."

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2022

Hilton Lake Taupo
Lakeland Resort Taupo
Lakeland Resort Taupo
3 out of 5
282 Lake Terrace, Taupo, 3330
The price is £61 per night from 26 May to 27 May
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (987 reviews)
"Everything"

Reviewed on 3 May 2022

Lakeland Resort Taupo
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
51-61 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo, Waikato, 3330
The price is £76 per night from 17 Jun to 18 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (538 reviews)
"Nice overnight stop in Taupo"

Reviewed on 3 Feb 2022

Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
The Village Resort
The Village Resort
4 out of 5
82 Lake Terrace, Taupo, Waikato, 3330
The price is £130 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (136 reviews)
"Good communication, very clean"

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2022

The Village Resort
Sacred Waters
Sacred Waters
5 out of 5
221-225 Lake Terrace, Waipahihi, Taupo, Waikato, 2730
The price is £149 per night from 24 May to 25 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private hot tubs. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (343 reviews)
"Water views were great . Quiet apartment."

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2021

Sacred Waters
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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