An impressive lake and a triad of volcanoes are the lynchpins of a remarkable landscape. Taupo is an ideal base for exploring, but Turangi is a popular fishing retreat and further south are smaller towns with easy access to outdoor activities. Discover sights that will fix themselves in your memory: 220,000 litres of water per second pouring over Huka Falls, volcanic mountains jutting out of the Central Plateau and early morning sunshine sparkling on Lake Taupo.

Highlights

Lake Taupo Australasia’s largest freshwater lake is 616 square kilometres in size – as big as Singapore Island – and offers a myriad of water activities such as swimming, boating and trout fishing. A triad of volcanoes Mount Ruapehu, tallest of the trio at 2,797 metres, is the North Island’s highest mountain and on its slopes are two ski resorts including one of New Zealand’s most popular. Tongariro National Park New Zealand’s oldest national park has dual World Heritage status for its cultural significance to Māori and its remarkable volcanic features. It is the first national park to be gifted by a country’s indigenous people. Huka Falls Here New Zealand’s largest lake drains into its longest river – the Waikato. 220,000 litres of water per second pour over the falls. Tongariro Alpine Crossing The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, widely regarded as New Zealand’s best one-day hike, offers incredible diversity: snow-capped volcanoes, coloured crater lakes, rainforest and waterfalls. National Army Museum, Waiouru South of the Desert Road, Waiouru is home to a national treasure, a museum housing New Zealand’s military history that highlights how this has helped to shape the country’s identity.

Destinations

Waiouru Popular refreshment stop and the site of New Zealand’s National Army Museum. Taupo Sparkling resort town and main centre of the region. Turangi Trout-fishing capital and wintertime ski resort. Taumarunui Main regional centre and gateway to Whanganui National Park. Whakapapa Village Tiny village in a spectacular setting at the base of Mount Ruapehu. National Park Village Views of the volcanoes and access to Tongariro National Park. Ohakune Wintertime ski resort and home of the ‘Big Carrot’.

Getting There and Around

Air Taupo Airport, 10 minutes from town, offers domestic flights to Auckland and Wellington. Numerous scenic flights, fishing safaris and skydive flights also operate out of Taupo Airport. Road Taupo is located on State Highway 1, midway between Auckland and Wellington. It is 4 hours by road from Auckland and 5 hours, 25 minutes from Wellington. The drive around the eastern side of the lake from Taupo to Turangi takes approximately 40 minutes and is a very scenic journey. Scheduled coach services and shuttle services operate between central Taupo, Ruapehu and popular visitor activities such as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Directory

National Army Museum

Stories of courage, stories of comradeship, stories of honour. Discover the military history of New Zealand. Remember the legends, pay tribute to the sacrifices. Café, Museum Gift Shop, Memorial Greenstone…

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Bayview Chateau Tongariro

Located on State Highway 48, beneath the mighty Mount Ruapehu. Enjoy the Tongariro National Park with skiing on New Zealand’s largest ski area during winter and day walks including the…

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Taupo’s Floatplane

Floatplane tours over the World Heritage Tongariro National Park, Volcanic Plateau, Lake Taupo, Rotorua’s sparkling lakes and White Island – with vistas so breathtaking they won’t be forgotten. Enjoy spectacular…

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Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

Just 25 minutes north of Taupo and 45 minutes south of Rotorua, nestled on the shores of Lake Ohakuri, lies ‘The Hidden Valley’ of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park.…

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Huka Prawn Park

Hours of fun and entertainment for the whole family. Prawn fishing, family fun, a spectacular on-site restaurant/bar and so much more. Adventures and challenges await around every turn.

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Bella Vista Motel Taupo

Come and experience Taupo with us. You will enjoy the comfort of modern rooms and the convenience of a central location. Bella Vista Motel Taupo is an ideal base for…

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Bayview Wairakei Resort

Located on Wairakei Road next to Wairakei International Golf Course & Tourist Park, this is a true resort. Geothermally heated outdoor pools, tennis courts, nine-hole golf course and stylish accommodation…

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Taupo Tandem Skydiving

Skydive with NZ’s original skydiving company, with amazing views from 15,000ft and 60 seconds in freefall, reaching over 200kph! The most camera options in NZ, HD footage, free Rotorua pick-ups and multilingual staff – your skydive with…

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Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo

Luxurious accommodation on the shores of Lake Taupo. Step from your room onto the beach or your private balcony. Superb cuisine in the award-winning Edgewater Restaurant and Beach Brasserie. Various…

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