Lake Taupo is the largest fresh water lake in the southern hemisphere. Lake Taupo surrounded by beautiful forests, volcanic mountains and snowy peaks in winter is a hub for events and activities year round. There are many activities centered on and around Lake Taupo and the numerous tributaries that feed into it. World-class trout fishing, scenic cruises, kayaking, sailing, white water rafting, wakeboarding and summer time swimming are all popular with locals and visitors alike. The Great Lake Taupo area really is nature’s ultimate playground. The stunning vistas, lake-front cafes and the ever sought after New Zealand geothermal hot springs further making it a wonderful place to relax and escape busy city life.
Lake Taupo is the caldera of a large volcano which began erupting about 300,000 years ago and has produced two of the world’s most violent eruptions in recent times; the Oruauni Eruption and the Taupo Eruption. For geologists, Lake Taupo is one of the world's most formidable volcanoes and scientists are on constant lookout for the warning signs that herald the next big eruption. more
However, for most New Zealanders and overseas visitors, Lake Taupo is one big, beautiful lake and hugely popular for boating and fishing. In fact it is known as the world’s trout fishing capital. Fly fishing is allowed on all of the rivers flowing into the lake, as well as on the lake itself.
Accommodation in Taupo is widely available and includes hotels, motels, bed and breakfast accommodation, apartments, lodges, holiday homes, backpacker and campgrounds.
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Conveniently located close to the town centre, and the majestic shores of Lake Taupo. We have a range of accommodation options to suit all requirements. Our motel unit range includes large studios with private courtyards, spa baths and super-king size beds to Corporate Studios with special rates for business travelers. We also have family units and units suitable for groups.
Erica, Geoff and our cat Jazz welcome you to our new home, Blue Waters Bed & Breakfast. Two purpose-built guest bedrooms, large guest lounge with open-flame stone fireplace. Lounge opens to two large sunny courtyards with outdoor seating (or enjoy your own sitting area outside your bedroom). Lovely lake and mountain views from living rooms and main courtyards.
Mobile-friendly - Beside beautiful Lake Taupo. Step out from your apartment onto the beach and enjoy the unrestricted views across the lake. Affordable family and studio units. Facilities include outdoor heated swimming pool, spa, trampoline, BBQ's, bike, kayak and paddle board hire, Petfriendly on approval, parking room for boats, breakfast including gluten-free options. Family unit sleep7. Free wireless Internet, self-catering facilities.
Mobile-friendly - Craters of the Moon is a walk with a difference; a unique and memorable experience for young and old. Bubbling craters and steam vents, explosion craters and colourful soils. Explore geothermal areas often wreathed in clouds of steam from the heat just below your feet!
Bay of Plenty fishing with your owner/operator guide Lindsay Hunt. Choose between inshore saltwater, coastal saltwater fishing or freshwater fishing. Taupo and Rotorua lakes, Whakatane and White Island, Tauranga. Whether you are after a world famous Taupo or Rotorua trout, White Island Kingfish or Inshore Snapper fishing in Whakatane, Ezyfishing Charters can help.
Mobile-friendly - Jonny and Maaike Clapcott are addicted to Cycling and love meeting new people and helping them get the most out of their New Zealand and Taupo experiences. We offer guided and self guided bike tours, bike hire and B&B accommodation. We specialise in Timber Trail and Great Lake Trail packages, Shuttle Services, Bed and Bike combos and Tongariro Crossing transfers.
One of New Zealand's leading holiday parks with five acres of sheltered park-like grounds situated only 3 km's from town. We offer a range of accommodation to suit everyone, from tent sites to self-contained units. Thermal walks and mountain biking tracks close with magnificent Lake Taupo nearby. A great place to relax with excellent campers' facilities.
Mobile-friendly - Haka Lodge Taupō offers a variety of up-market dormitory rooms for those travelling on a budget, and a wide range of private rooms for those who like their own space on the road. Great location – We are located within walking distance of downtown Taupō and Lake Taupō, with amazing views!
From its spectacular vantage point, the iconic Hilton Lake Taupo commands views over shimmering Lake Taupo and beyond, to where majestic mountains dominate the skyline. Each of the 113 guestrooms is a sanctuary for rest and relaxation, from luxurious Hilton guest rooms through to the grand Presidential Suite and three-bedroom apartments, or Deluxe Rooms in the original Heritage building.
Mobile-friendly - Our cruise is the only way you can stand above the turbulent white water and experience the awesome power of Huka Falls! Cruise up to the base of the magnificent Huka Falls, New Zealand's most visited attraction. This is the best way to photograph and video Huka Falls. Enjoy wonderful scenery along the way, including a great informative commentary.
Mobile-friendly - Lakeside Accommodation is a portfolio of high-end quality self contained properties. Known for it's year-round activities and boutique town, Taupō is where you can shrug off the outside world, relax, regroup and revitalise. Whether you're hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, trout fishing in the mountain-fed rivers or lake, or hunting in remote Kaimanawa Ranges, our accommodation is the perfect base.
Mobile-friendly - The only park right on the shores of the most picturesque, fresh water lake in the world. Pitch the family tent, park the caravan, or campervan, launch the boat, enjoy the family and create holiday memories. Take a moment and enjoy the fishing, drive to the snow or drop those skis in the water, or stroll along the waters edge.
Mobile-friendly - New Windsor Lodge offers a range of accommodation including 8 two-bedroom self-contained units, fisherman's cabins and 28 powered campsites. Shop, kitchen, laundry, toilets and showers. Located in park-like grounds across the highway from Lake Taupo and approx 10kms to Taupo township. Great fly-fishing base. Our lodge is centrally located and is a great stop-over point between Wellington and Auckland.
Mobile-friendly - We specialise in tailor-made New Zealand holidays and self-drive tours for all budgets. Our philosophy is to work with small, owner-operator accommodation and activity businesses that we’ve experienced first-hand. Our customers love our personalised service and in depth knowledge of NZ, both on and off the beaten track. Specialities include family travel, honeymoons, hiking trips, and cycling journeys.
Mobile-friendly - Orchard View homestay and camping; situated in picturesque surroundings just five minutes from Kinloch village with its beautiful beaches and activities. We now offer pitches for your tents, camper vans. Or why not try our easy camping: we supply tent and all your bedding, linen and basic cooking essentials. Glamping yurt available.
Mobile-friendly - New, smart and precious. Sacred Waters is guaranteed waterfront magic on the edge of crystal clear Lake Taupo. From the magnificent 180-degree views to the exquisite internal water features, Sacred Waters will impress you with its attention to detail. Gymnasium, heated lap pool and more. 50+ Sky TV Channels and thermal hot tub in each apartment.
Mobile-friendly - Sailing to Taupo's iconic Maori Rock Carvings since 1983, Barbary offers relaxation, fun and adventure. We're equipped for all conditions - if the wind dies down, Barbary's eco-friendly electric engine kicks in, or if you prefer a real sailing adventure then come aboard when the wind is up, and enjoy sailing Lake Taupo at its best (and quietest!)
Mobile-friendly - The pirate-themed Sail Fearless has got to be the not-so-buried treasure of Great Lake Taupo. "Be Fearless" and take an amazing sailing trip on Great Lake Taupo, sailing to the Maori Rock carvings. It's a great affordable and family friendly cruise.
Mobile-friendly - With our expert tandem skydiving instructors, you'll jump out of our pink aircraft from 12,000, 15,000, or 18,500 feet and into an incredible freefall over the world's most stunning dropzone. Surrounded by snow-tipped peaks and the clean, fresh blue of Lake Taupo, you'll slow from a 200km/h descent to a safe, controlled-canopy landing. Free pick-up in our own limousine.
Mobile-friendly - Prime central location in delightful and picturesque Taupo. Magnificent views. 40 stylishly decorated lakefront studio and family units and executive apartments. Five function and conference rooms for 2-300 people, perfect for your conference, meeting or function requirements. On-site restaurant and bar. Great facilities including swimming pool, heated spa pool, children's play area and BBQ.
Mobile-friendly - Taupo's Float Plane is one of the top things to do in Taupo. Enjoy a unique flightseeing experience over Tongariro National Park, the Bay of Plenty and, of course, Great Lake Taupo. We have a great selection of options and packages for experiencing one of NZ's most scenic regions. Highly experienced flight-crew for your comfort and total confidence.
Mobile-friendly - Come and stay at one of New Zealand's more unusual boutique motels, right in the heart of Taupo. The six motel units have been decorated in a retro style using restored furniture from the 1960's & 1970's, whilst still offering modern comforts. Located just 220 metres from the lake front and within walking distance of Taupo's town centre.
Mobile-friendly - A warm welcome awaits at our award-winning country retreat a short drive from central Taupo. Four large luxuriously appointed ensuite rooms, all with magnificent garden and mountain views. Enjoy a homemade afternoon tea on arrival. Relax beside the pool before sharing a complimentary drink with your hosts. Our delicious farm to table breakfasts are not to be missed.
Tiki Lodge is the backpacker lodge for you if you are looking for an affordable, relaxed and friendly place to stay in Taupo with spectacular lake views. FREE unlimited WiFi and free breakfast, and secure, modern facility offering bunk and private rooms with fresh-bedding & linen provided. Join us in one of New Zealand's leading holiday destinations, Lake Taupo.
Located overlooking stunning Lake Taupo and mountains withviews from your balcony or the motel's lawns. Staying at VU Thermal Lodge there are two things you will not forget - Our views and our natural mineral baths. Private thermal pool in rooms, communial pools and an outdoor heated pool. Perfect for couples, mountain-bikers and hikers to soak and soothe.
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Creative Tech Winter Holiday Camp
Fire Their Imagination! Our engaging and practical learning programme offers heaps of creative exploration and discovery opportunities for your budding engineer, digital artist or programmer using the latest ...
Where: The Technology Hub, Taupō, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: Suite 7, Lerew Building, 2-10 Heuheu Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 9:00am on Monday 8th July 2019
To: 3:00pm on Friday 19th July 2019
The Choir of Christ's College
Christ's College Choir from Cambridge University, UK is made up of 24 students aged between 19 and 26 years (12 male, 12 female). Christ's College has enjoyed a rich musical history since the college was founded in ...
Where: St Andrew's Anglican Church, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 91 Titiraupenga St, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 5:30pm on Thursday 18th July 2019
To: 6:45pm on Thursday 18th July 2019
Animates Taupo - School Holiday Activities
Looking for fun activities to do with the kids these school holidays? We have you covered! We're running free School Holiday activities in all Animates stores on Thursday 11 & 18 of July at 11am. Both sessions will ...
Where: Animates - Tamatutu St, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 80 Tamatutu St, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 11:00am on Thursday 11th July 2019
To: 11:40am on Thursday 18th July 2019
Basestep Beginners: Intermediate and Social Dance
Thursday night dancing. New beginners are joining Basestep Modern Jive every week. Classes start at 6:30 PM at Taupo Primary School. Start any time, No partner required, easy to learn and loads of fun! For info ...
Where: Taupo Primary School, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: Tamamutu St, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 6:30pm on Thursday 27th June 2019
To: 8:00pm on Thursday 1st August 2019
Wairakei Estate Ice Rink - Taupo Winter Festival 2019
Paradice Mobile Ice skates into Taupō this July with a spectacular real ice rink. Whether you are a seasoned skater or a nervous novice, the Paradice Skating staff will be on hand to ensure a premium skating ...
Where: Tongariro North Domain, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: Tongariro Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 5:00pm on Thursday 4th July 2019
To: 9:30pm on Sunday 21st July 2019
Artful Minds Art Exhibition
Hosted by Lava Glass Art Glass Studio, Gallery and Cafe, Artful Minds Exhibition brings together vibrant new works by nine innovative Taupo artists. This is the first exhibition for Artful Minds as a group. Open daily ...
Where: Lava Glass Sculpture Garden, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 165 State Highway 5, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 9:00am on Saturday 25th May 2019
To: 5:00pm on Wednesday 31st July 2019
Catalogue Exhibition - Taupo Winter Festival 2019
Following the award winning success of the Dog Show exhibition in 2018, Taupo Museum purr’oudly presents CATalogue – A cat show for art lovers and an art show for cat lovers. The cat themed artworks, sculptures ...
Where: Taupo Museum, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 4 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 10:00am on Saturday 6th July 2019
To: 4:30pm on Monday 12th August 2019
Alice Foulds Not Human Tour
Alice Foulds brings her debut EP 'Oxygen' live to the stage in a mid-year tour of the North Island. Building her performances on a mix of band and acoustic arrangements, Alice's Not Human Tour will showcase both her ...
Where: Two Mile Bay Sailing Club, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 331 Lake Terrace, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 6:00pm on Friday 19th July 2019
To: 11:59pm on Friday 19th July 2019
Mid-Winter Christmas Buffet
Brighten up your mid-winter blues with Wairakei Resort’s cheerful and warm Mid-Winter Christmas Buffet. Every Saturday night for the month of July, warm the cockles of your heart with Manuka honey glazed ham, winter ...
Where: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 6:00pm on Saturday 6th July 2019
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 27th July 2019
The Taupo Market
The Taupo Market - every Saturday* - morning, rain or shine, ever-changing – with lots of regular favourites. ‘Volcanic’ coffee, pies and fries, pastries and juice, fresh fruit and veggies, free range eggs and ...
Where: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 9:00am on Saturday 5th January 2019
To: 1:00pm on Saturday 28th December 2019