Welcome to Taupo
Taupo, a town near the centre of New Zealand’s North Island, is distinguished by its lakefront setting and outdoor sports ranging from fishing to jet-boating. The vast waters of Lake Taupo, a volcanic caldera, drain into the Huka Falls, dramatic, crystal-blue cascades reachable by hiking and biking trails. Surrounding Taupo are hot springs like those filling the Craters of the Moon reserve.
At Huka Falls you can witness the phenomenon of natural hydro power – more than 220, 000 litres of water per second.
The Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, moves gracefully north from Lake Taupo between banks 100 metres apart. Just before the Huka Falls it enters a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock. The effect is nature’s large-scale equivalent of a fire hose feeding into a very fine nozzle.TheHuka Falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains Lake Taupo in New Zealand. A few hundred metres upstream from the Huka Falls, the Waikato River narrows from approximately 100 metres across into a canyon only 15 metres across.
Huka Falls Walkway
Scenic walkway along the Waikato River that leads to viewing balconies overlooking Huka Falls.
Huka Prawn Park
The Huka Prawn Park is an aquaculture venture and tourist attraction located 10 minutes north of Taupo. It was started in 1987 and is currently New Zealand’s only prawn farm. It can produce over 30 tonnes of prawns a year.
Lake Taupo is a lake in the North Island of New Zealand. It is in the caldera of the Taupo Volcano. With a surface area of 616 square kilometres, it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, .
Mount Tauhara is a dormant stratovolcano, reaching 3,569 feet above sea level, situated within the Taupō caldera towards the centre of the Taupō Volcanic Zone, which stretches from White Island in the north to Mount Ruapehu in the south.
Small museum with unique local history exhibits, art displays & a scenic garden with native flora.
Spa Thermal Park
Public park offering swimming in geothermal pools along a river, picnic sites, walks & a playground.
The Kaimanawa Range of mountains is located in the central North Island of New Zealand. They extend for 50 kilometres in a northeast/southwest direction through largely uninhabited country to the south of Lake Taupo, east of the “Desert Road”.
Picturesque dam opening its gates several times a day to unleash a rush of water down the river.Aratiatia Rapids is one of the most popular natural attractions in the North Island. Thousands of litres of rushing water creating a spectacle popular with visitors to Taupo. A unique display of man vs nature.Aratiatia Dam opens every day for around 15 minutes. The water is released from the Aratiatia Dam down through the Aratiatia Rapids. The Rapids is believed to have been created from a volcano. The name “Aratiatia” means “stairway of Tia”.
Aratiatia Dam has been generating Hydro power since 1964. The Dam
Aratiatia Dam and Aratiatia Rapids are on the Waikato river located 16km from central Taupo. The Dam opening 3-4 times a day is worth the short drive.
Waipahihi Botanical Reserve
Tranquil, free-admission botanical garden with rare flowers, picnic tables & walking trails.Records show that the first voluntary working bee at the 35 hectare Waipahihi Reserve was on 1stOctober 1966 and it was resolved at an early stage that most development and maintenance work would be done by the members voluntarily.Today this is still how most of the work is completed at the Reserve though contractors are used sparingly for big pruning and earthmoving projects.
Hole in One Taupo
Scenic spot where visitors aim at a floating golf target with a chance to win a hole-in-one prize.
Lava Glass Blowing Studio
From hot molten glass, handmade and unique art glass masterpieces are created at Lava Glass, studio of renowned New Zealand glass artist Lynden Over.
Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley
Hiking & camping in a tranquil setting with ancient geothermal features, lots of birds & a cafe.
Taupo Wake Park
Cable Wakeboarding, Taupo, NZ We have been operating in a man made lake beside the Waikato River. Our cable system is run by an electric motor, a cable runs between 2 towers with a ski handle pulling you. This becomes a big continuous figure 8 course. Whether you are a wakeboarder, skier, snowboarder or Kite Boarder you can ride our cable exactly like riding behind a boat, kite or snow but easier, just drive down and ride.
Small artificial lake with a cable-rigged wakeboarding course & other recreational activities.
Lilliput Farm Fun & Animal Park
Family attraction with animals to pet & feed as well as a range of play equipment for children.
Five Mile Bay
Craters of the Moon
The Craters of the Moon (COM) geothermal walkway wanders through a weird, other-worldy, landscape featuring bubbling craters and steaming vents. This low-key geothermal attraction is run by a charitable trust. A small admissions fee is charged.
Open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day) from 8.30am
Geothermal area featuring boardwalks & gravel paths past steam vents & bubbling craters.
Taupo Maori Carvings
Scenic RV-only campsite at a lake’s edge, with swimming & fishing but limited facilities.