Lake Taupo Attractions

You'll find a vast array of activities in, on and around Lake Taupo.

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The Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings, Lake Taupo

By Chris McLennan

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

Get close to nature

Lake Taupo region is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty.

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Skydiving, Lake Taupo

By Destination Great Lake Taupo

Skydive over the huge lake and volcanoes of the Taupo region.

Need more adventure?

On and off the Lake, Taupo's adventure activities abound.

  • 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 Taupo.
  • Mountain bike through rugged, unspoilt bush - 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.


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Trout fishing, Lake Taupo

By Gareth Eyres

Today, Lake Taupo 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 Taupo, and a refreshing dip in the Lake's clear waters.
  • Soak in geothermally heated waters at one of Taupo's hot spring resorts.
  • 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.

Where to next?

Hamilton - Waikato →

Rotorua →

Bay Of Plenty →