A huge lake, lush native forests and geothermal activity means Lake Taupo is home to a large number of varied and beautiful scenic highlights.
From natural volcanic energy to natural hydro power, the Huka Falls is a huge waterfall that transports water from Lake Taupo into the Waikato River. Here, you’ll experience what 220,000 litres of water blasting over the falls every second looks like – as you can imagine, its powerful stuff. For something a bit more relaxing, explore the tranquil beauty of Lake Taupo with a lakeside walk. Choose from settings that include small holiday communities to remote native forests.
For a dose of culture & art, don’t miss experiencing the Mine Bay Rock Carvings – only reachable by boat or kayak. Nestled in the cliffs that surround Lake Taupo, these carvings were created by master Maori carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell, and are an impressive 10 metres in height.
The Craters of the Moon is an impressive natural attraction. A geothermal cratered valley that’s hissing with clouds of steam, a boardwalk allows you to peer into these cauldrons of boiling mud safely. The turnoff is sign posted 5.5kms north from the i-SITE in Taupo.