Taupo activities

Discover some of the best free and paid attractions and activities in the Lake Taupo region.

Top activities and attractions in Taupo

1. Trout fishing

The Taupo region is renowned for some of the world’s best trout fishing.  It is suitable for anglers of all levels of experience and there are local guides who will arrange the required fishing license and show you the best fishing spots in and around Lake Taupo.   At the end of the day take your catch to one of the many local restaurants in town where the chef will prepare a rewarding feast.

2. Huka Falls

The mighty waters of the Waikato River gush through a narrow 20 metre gap which forms Huka Falls.  There is up to 220,000 litres of water pouring through every second, which can be heard with a thunderous roar as the water spills through the gorge.  Visitors can view the falls from the various viewing platforms alongside the river or have the option of an exhilarating jet boat ride or scenic river cruise to see the falls up close and personal. 

3.  Golfers Delight

If you are into golf, Taupo makes choosing difficult with five first class golf courses, including the Wairaeki International Golf Course.  There is no need to worry about weather disrupting your game as the quick draining volcanic soil means that rain hardly spoils play here.

4.  On Your Bike

With more than 70km of off-road tracks, mountain biking enthusiasts will love Taupo and its surrounds.  Tracks range from mild to challenging and are all accompanied by amazing scenery.  There are a number of companies offering bike hire or guided rides.

5.  Craters of the Moon

Taupo is located in the Central Plateau Volcanic Zone which is an area filled with geothermal activity.   Craters of the Moon is a walk with a difference.  It visits bubbling craters, mud pools and steams vents, explosion craters and colourful soils. You will also see interesting plants that have adapted to thrive in the hot steamy conditions.


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