Exploring the great outdoors is one of the major reasons people choose the Taupo area for their holiday. In summertime, Taupo comes alive with many great outdoor activities, in particular the wide array of world renowned day-walks. Below are our suggestions for some of the great summertime walks in Taupo.
The Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest national park and is also a World Heritage Site. The Tongariro Crossing allows you to get up close to just a small taste of New Zealand’s remarkable natural scenery, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu. The 19.4km trek is a hard but rewarding experience for those who take up the challenge. Because of the alpine nature of the environment, you should prepare for all weather conditions and ensure you arrange your transportation for both ends of the trip. As a one of New Zealand’s truly iconic walks, The Tongariro Crossing is a must-do for any tramper or walker.
Great Lake Walkway
One of the most popular walking tracks in Taupo is the Great Lake Walkway, also known as Lion’s Walk. A shared walk and cycle track, the track was built by the Taupo Lions Club. A relatively gentle 10km walk that is accessible to most makes the Lion’s Walk a great way for the family get outside together. The walkway starts at the Taupo Boat Harbour and finishes at Five Mile Bay and there are a plenty of suitable spots along the way to stop and feed the ducks or enjoy a picnic lunch while taking in the stunning Lake Taupo and it’s beautiful surrounds.
The Ruapehu Crater Climb is a 10km trek up an unformed route to the edge of Mt Ruapehu, an active volcano. While the climb is a demanding test to any and all who take it on, those who make it to the top will be rewarded with absolutely breath-taking view from an altitude of 2.6km. The Ruapehu Crater Climb is a serious proposition, only suitable for experienced alpine walkers who have the experience to judge the volcanic and alpine hazards. Guided walks are available and are recommended for those unfamiliar with the area.
During your stay in Taupo, consider booking at Sails Taupo. Sails Taupo offers stunning views over Lake Taupo and has a number of great room options including a Spa Studio and a fully self-contained Premium 2-Bedroom Apartment.
Centrally located, Sails Taupo is situated opposite the lake’s main swimming beach and is only a 1.5km walk to Taupo CBD a where you can find a number of outstanding shops, restaurants and bars.
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