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Taupo - the heart of the North Island

Fishermen flock to this great inland sea in the middle of the North Island, but there’s so much more to Taupo than the trout swimming in New Zealand’s largest lake. Perched on Tapuaeharuru Bay at the mouth of the Waikato River, Taupo is a great launchpad for discovering the natural wonders that fringe this mighty lake.

Experience the roar of the thunderous Huka Falls and marvel at the Aratiatia Rapids. Mountain-bike through forest and wetlands on the Great Lake Trail. Navigate geothermal walkways then unwind in the area’s many mineral-rich thermal baths - including free natural springs that are walking distance from town! And don’t miss the striking volcanic terrain of the Tongariro National Park.

at a glance

Best known for

New Zealand’s largest lake

Did you know

Taupo is home to NZ’s first cable wakeboarding park

Don't leave without

visiting the free thermal hotsprings!

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events

Easterfest 2019
Easterfest 2019

When: Apr 18 to Apr 21, 06:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Taupo Market
The Taupo Market

When: Jan 5 to Jun 1, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Taupō Red Bike Treasure Hunt
Taupō Red Bike Treasure Hunt

When: Apr 13 to Apr 28, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Tongariro St, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Taupo Domain, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Taupō Monster Bike Sale
Taupō Monster Bike Sale

When: Apr 13 to Apr 28, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Tamamutu Street
Venue: Taupō Bike Shops, Taupo, Waikato

Renèe Geyer
Renèe Geyer

When: Aug 30 to Aug 31, 09:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: 281 Spa Road, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Easter Sunday Brunch
Easter Sunday Brunch

When: Apr 21, 11:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Mexican Buffet
Mexican Buffet

When: Mar 2 to Apr 27, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Landslide - Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks Tribute Show
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks Tribute Show

When: May 10, 08:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 281 Spa Road, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Grandeur Thermal Spa Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Graeme James 'The Long Way Home' NZ Tour
Graeme James 'The Long Way Home' NZ Tour

When: Apr 25, 07:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Where: Wakeman Road, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Acacia Bay Community Hall, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Trash and Treasure Fare
Trash and Treasure Fare

When: Jan 5 to Dec 7, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

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Located near a natural geothermal site, shops, restaurants and Lake Rotorua, this purpose-built backpacker hostel offers rooms for all types of travellers and spacious communal facilities.

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