With some of the North Island’s most impressive landscapes right on its doorstep, the Great Lake Taupo region is perfect for outdoor adventures. Visit the mighty Huka Falls and witness the fury of thousands of litres of water blasting by; kayak to the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings, sample volcanic wines and craft beer or relax and enjoy the geothermal healing properties of the Wairakei Terraces.
Lake Taupo’s free-draining volcanic soil and pure alpine volcanic water means that the wines, craft beers and cider crafted in this region is both distinctive and delicious. Discover them for yourself with a volcanic wine and craft beer tour.
The Tongariro River winds through pristine forest & volcanic landscapes near Turangi. With over 60 Grade 3 roller-coaster rapids, a rafting trip on the Tongariro is a must. Catch a glimpse of the ‘whio’, our protected native blue duck – the Tongariro is its traditional home and the Blue Duck Conservation Project works to return the species to its original habitat.
Pedal along the forested shores of Great Lake Taupo and admire the volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park from a distance on the Great Lake Trail. Easily accessible from Taupo town, enjoy a fully catered cycling trip or guided ride with Tread Routes. Bike hire and shuttles are available from Adventure Shuttles and Great Lake Shuttles.
The roar and rumble of the Huka Falls is mind blowing. It’s where New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, is squeezed through a ravine of hard volcanic rock – and the result is 220,000 litres of water blasting by every second. View the falls from a footbridge right at the very top, or get up close with a jet boat ride.
Arguably New Zealand's greatest day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an incredible journey through volcanic alpine terrain. Hike around an active volcano, descend into the water-filled explosion craters known as the Emerald Lakes, and enjoy views of Mount Ngauruhoe - also known as 'Mount Doom' in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Home to a wealth of thermal attractions and cultural experiences, the Wairakei Terraces offers something for everyone. Soak in naturally heated geothermal pools below ancient silica terraces; enjoy a guided geothermal tour of the Wairakei steam field or relax during an evening of Maori cultural experiences.
New Zealand honey is famous on the world stage for its purity and healing properties. Visit the Huka Honey Hive and learn about the benefits of manuka honey, royal jelly and bee pollen. Enjoy a honey ice cream before sampling a raft of honey-based products.
With a recent glowing review from Lonely Planet, the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park is a real hidden gem. Accessible only by a short ferry trip across Lake Ohakuri, admire the power and energy of Mother Nature visible in the geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools. The colourful silica terraces are some of the most impressive in the world.