You'll find a vast array of unforgettable experiences throughout the Taupō region.

Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings, Taupō

The massive Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay near Lake Taupō are well-worth seeing up close.

Get close to nature

Taupō region is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty.

  • Take a boat or kayak and cruise around secluded coves and beaches of Lake Taupō. Visit the intricate Maori Rock carvings at Mine Bay - they're only accessible by water.
  • Catch a rainbow or brown trout on Lake Taupō or go fly-fishing with a local guide on the Tongariro River.
  • Explore an active geothermal area of mud pools, craters and steaming vents at Craters of the Moon and Orakei Korako
  • Walk through ancient rainforest in Whirinaki and Pureora Forest Parks, or vast ancient beech forests in the rugged Kaimanawa Forest Park.
  • Walk the famous Tongariro Crossing or drive the 'Volcanic Loop' highway to see Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe.
  • Bath in the naturally heated thermal waters of Otumuheke Stream.
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Skydiving over Great Lake Taupo, Taupō

Skydiving over Great Lake Taupō - the North Island's home of adventure

Need more adventure?

Taupō is a hub of adrenaline filled activities for those seeking adventure.

  • Take a jet boat (or river cruise) to the foot of Huka Falls and feel the thunder.
  • Bungy jump over the Waikato River.
  • Tandem skydive for a jet's eye view of Lake Taupō.
  • Mountain bike through rugged, native bush and volcanic terrain - pick up a cycling map to find the best terrain.
  • Rip into river fun with white water rafting, adventure kayaking or canoeing.
  • Dip into lake activities like windsurfing, jet skiing, parasailing, water-skiing and wakeboarding.
  • Ski on an active volcano - Mt Ruapehu is home to the Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields.


Trout fishing, Taupō

Today, Lake Taupō and its connecting rivers represent one of the most prolific wild trout fisheries in the world.

Time to relax

Indulgence, fresh air and peace comes with the territory.

  • Enjoy a picnic on the shores of Lake Taupō, and a refreshing dip in the Lake's crystal clear waters.
  • Soak in geothermally heated waters at one of Taupō's hot spring resorts or at Otumuheke Stream.
  • Capture an aerial view of the Lake, along with the mountains of Tongariro National Park from a helicopter or floatplane.
  • Practice your swing on one of the region's six golf courses.
  • Dine out at one of the many restaurants (try 'Taupo beef") or sample the seafood at Huka Prawn Park.
  • Grab a map and follow the arts and crafts trail, or stroll the town's stylish shops.
  • Gain a fascinating insight into the customs and history of the Maori people - visit a replica Maori Village, watch cultural performances and taste a traditional hangi (feast) at Wairakei Terraces.

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