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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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.
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.
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.
These luxurious waterfront apartments have stunning views over Lake Taupo from living areas and private balconies. Located on an elevated site and set amidst five acres of tranquil bush, this picturesque setting is one of New Zealand's best kept secrets. The perfect escape for relaxation and rejuvenation. Property features onsite breakfast and dining restaurant with stunning lake views.
Also known as Airport Motel @ Rainbow Point. Come and enjoy the comforts of home. Situated between the airport and Taupo's town centre, the Rainbow Point Motel is the perfect place to relax in a quiet, friendly environment. With well-appointed, ground-floor motel units set in a tree-lined garden, our motel is ideal for couples, families and business guests.
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 - With our expert tandem skydiving instructors, you'll jump out of our pink aircraft from 12,000 or 15,000 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 - 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.
Mobile-friendly - The Tongariro River is one of New Zealand's most famous rivers. Its magic waters provide fun-filled roller coaster rides with exhilarating rapids, crystal clear pools and breathtaking gorges. Tongariro River Rafting knows these waters like no other operator - company owner Garth Oakden has been rafting the Tongariro since 1988. Mountain biking, paintball, fishing and multi-activity combos are also available.
Waipahihi Botanical Reserve is an amazing garden built with love, and is also a fun Taupo walk. Situated high on a hill, Waipahihi Botanical Reserve has spectacular views over Great Lake Taupo to the mountains of the Tongariro National Park. The reserve is a free Taupo activity and was established in 1966.
Mobile-friendly - Supreme Winner of the 2016 NZ Bed & Breakfast Excellence Awards. Whakaipo Lodge is architect-designed, relaxed luxury in a beautiful & idyllic location close to Lake Taupo. Relax in the secluded setting with a complimentary glass of fine NZ wine and canapés, or a gourmet coffee and a chat with your knowledgeable Kiwi hosts.
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The Silver Starlets Aerial Show
The Silver Starlets is an all-female aerial acrobatic show. Full of glam, glitz and glitter, the Starlets use a 20 foot free-standing trapeze rig as their stage. They twist, tumble, bend, climb and fall, getting the ...
Where: Colonel Roberts Reserve, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: Ruapehu Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 10:00am on Friday 18th January 2019
To: 7:15pm on Monday 21st January 2019
Friday & Saturday Night Market
It’s back by popular demand, and it’s expanded to include Friday and Saturday nights this summer! The Wairakei Resort Friday & Saturday Night Market is a local favourite. Immerse yourself in the tastes of ...
Where: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 6:00pm on Friday 28th December 2018
To: 9:00pm on Saturday 23rd February 2019
Taupo Historic GP 2019
It’s that time of year again! The Taupo Historic GP is coming up at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park on the 19th and 20th of January 2019. We will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Formula 5000, the iconic ...
Where: Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 463 Broadlands Rd, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 9:00am on Saturday 19th January 2019
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 20th January 2019
Antique and Collectibles Fair
Quality antique fair (proudly supporting Alzheimers NZ. All items for sale including quality antique furniture, vintage tools, quality china, linen, crystal, art, glass & silver, clocks, jewellery (vintage/modern), ...
Where: Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 10:00am on Saturday 19th January 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 20th January 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 1st June 2019
Around the Mountains
Talented Taupō artists: Carole Cornes, Di Michels, Doug Anderson, Mari Moore, Robbie Graham and Sue Graham, invite you on an artistic journey around the volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. Featuring their ...
Where: Taupo Museum, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 4 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 10:00am on Saturday 19th January 2019
To: 4:30pm on Monday 25th February 2019
Creative Tech Summer 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 14th January 2019
To: 4:00pm on Friday 25th January 2019
Mulligan's World Famous Quiz Night
If you are in Taupo on Tuesday - Do not miss this! The World famous Mulligan's Quiz Night in Taupo. Lots of fun. - Pub Quiz - Test you knowledge. - Fun games - Dance on the floor with DJ after quiz. - Food & ...
Where: Mulligans Bar, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 15 Tongariro Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 9:00pm on Tuesday 13th February 2018
To: 12:00am on Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Mulligans Open Mic Night Live Music
"There are no strangers, only friends, you haven't met yet." Come up with your Talent, we can provide you our backline & stage. - Musicians, Poets, Ssshhong Writers, Comedians All Players are welcome. Let's Jam, It's ...
Where: Mulligans Bar, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: 15 Tongariro Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 9:00pm on Thursday 15th February 2018
To: 12:00am on Friday 5th April 2019
Thunder On the Great Lake
Come down for a mixture of acceleration on water with 2000hp Grand Prix Hydroplanes, V8 Superboats NZ Offshore, Water Ski Racing and Junior racing over three days. Tuning and testing will be on Friday only. Racing from ...
Where: Lake Taupo, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Address: Lake Terrace, Taupo, Lake Taupo
From: 9:00am on Friday 25th January 2019
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 27th January 2019