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17 Oct, 2023, 2:20 pm


things to do in taupo

Taupo is quickly emerging as one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand, largely thanks to its gorgeous lake, snow-blanketed winter ski fields, alpine deserts, and three towering volcanoes in the Tongariro National Park. Situated on New Zealand’s North Island, Taupo provides a lakefront setting and outdoor sports. To ensure a memorable group getaway, we have compiled a list of the top Taupo attractions you should do when visiting.

Maori Rock Carvings Scenic Cruise

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Enjoy a scenic cruise of Maori carvings on Lake Taupō. You’ll marvel at the craftsmanship of the Ngātoroirangi Māori carvings as you delve into the history of the carvings. The 90-minute cruise sees you explore the beautiful craftsmanship from your inside or outdoor seating. It has become a favourite attraction for tourists and features expert commentary on the history of the beautifully crafted carvings. It’s a must-do activity when visiting Taupo.

Go White Water Rafting

Get ready for a thrill-seeking adventure with Tongariro River Rafting as you navigate sixty rapids. Experienced guides will teach you and your team how to paddle before exploring the jaw-dropping scenery you can only access by water, including volcanic cliffs. You will get up close and personal with the wildlife, seeing the Whio, an endangered blue duck, along the riverbanks and trout. This is an adrenaline-filled, heart-pumping adventure you don’t want to miss.


Ski, Snowboard and Have Fun

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During the winter months (June to October), you can hit the slopes in Taupo for what is known to be the most extended ski season in Australasia. In Waikato and the Taupo district, skiing and snowboarding are hugely popular pastimes, with the area offering excellent skiing conditions and some of the best facilities around. If you’re a beginner, fear not – there are terrains for all skill sets. You can also organise a professional instructor to guide you before hitting the slopes for the first time. One thing is guaranteed – you’ll have a lot of fun in this winter wonderland.


Take The Plunge with Adrenaline-Filled Activities

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If a thrill-seeking adventure is what you are looking for, why not take a 47m bungy jump off a cliff-top high over the Waikato River? And if that is not enough, you can also skydive, where you’ll free fall from a range of heights. 9,000 ft, 12,000 ft, 15,000 ft or 18,500 ft skydive for up to 75 seconds!


Visit the Craters of the Moon

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You’ll experience mother nature’s beauty first-hand with a visit to the geothermal area, Craters of the Moon, the largest geothermal field in New Zealand—the 1.7-mile (2.7-kilometer) walkway loops around steam vents and bubbling mud pools. On a clear day, you can see Lake Taupo and the peaks of Tongariro National Park from the park. It is an otherworldly experience. The park is open 364 days. There is a small entry cost- but it is so worth it for the stunning, uninterrupted views.


Visit the Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

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A trip to this 35-hectare Waipahihi Reserve, a forest garden created by volunteers, is a must. You will see a spectacular floral display and views of Mount Tauhara and Lake Taupo. There are numerous themed walking trails, allowing you to enjoy a rhododendron, camellia, lemonwood, Kauris or The Floral Walk. With picnic tables and seats, it is a great place to take in nature and bond with the team.


Get Back to Nature with Canopy Camping

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While there are some amazing accommodations in Taupo, why not experience something totally unique by heading to the Te Tuhi Dome for an overnight canopy camping adventure? Located on the Te Tuhi Hillside Retreat, you will take in stunning views of Lake Taupo from your hillside location, be woken by the sound of birds singing, see calves frolicking in the paddocks, and witness chickens, cows and sheep grazing food – it’s the ultimate back to nature escape.

Taupo attractions are endless, and they are all set against the stunning backdrop of unique landscapes. This location is the ultimate playground for adventure seekers.

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