Taupo is a popular resort town, nestled on the banks of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake and the heart of the North Island. The powerful beauty of the volcanic landscape that surrounds Taupo provides a dramatic backdrop to everything you do here. The whole region has some of New Zealand’s finest untouched and unspoilt country and just about all of it is accessible.
There are two sides to the Lake Taupo region. The relaxing and tranquil side is abundant with several thermal hot pools and spas, quiet walking trails, world class golf courses and many beautiful scenic attractions. For the adventure seeker, heart pumping activities like skydiving, mountain biking, bungy jumping and jet boating can be found all around the lake.
You’ll see spectacular steaming cliffs, geysers, boiling lakes, bubbling mud pools as well as the mighty Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction a short distance north of the town. 50 minutes south of Taupo is the home of ‘New Zealand’s best one day hike’, The Tongariro Crossing. The oldest national park in New Zealand, established in 1887, Tongariro National Park has been acknowledged by UNESCO as one of the 25 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites.
For a small town, Taupo is buzzing with life, culture and a strong arts community. It has a proud history and heritage built around the Tangata Whenua (people of the land). There is history of the earliest traditions and legends with many stories dating from pre-European times. It is a place of extremes and surprises; a place to explore and remember. From herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes – The Lake Taupo region has it all.