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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

Taupo Summer Concert: SOLD OUT
Taupo Summer Concert: SOLD OUT

When: Jan 25, 10:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Christmas In the Park
Christmas In the Park

When: Dec 14, 01:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Ironman 70.3 New Zealand
Ironman 70.3 New Zealand

When: Mar 7, 05:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Tongariro St, Taupo 3330
Venue: Northern Domain, Taupo, Waikato

Backing Black Cocktail Night and Auction
Backing Black Cocktail Night and Auction

When: Dec 20, 07:00 PM to 11:45 PM
Where: 114 Rapids Rd, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: National Equestrian Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Big Bang - New Year's Eve
Big Bang - New Year's Eve

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 07:30 PM to 12:15 AM
Where: Cnr Tongariro St & Ferry Road, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Tongariro South Domain, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Interislander Summer Festival Taupo Races
Interislander Summer Festival Taupo Races

When: Dec 30, 10:00 AM to 11:59 PM
Where: Centennial Dr, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Taupo Racecourse, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Christmas Day Grand Buffet
Christmas Day Grand Buffet

When: Dec 25, 05:30 AM to 08:30 PM
Where: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Mitre 10 Mega - Trolley Derby - Brought to You by Taupo Blue
Mitre 10 Mega - Trolley Derby - Brought to You by Taupo Blue

When: Dec 14, 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Taupo Market
The Taupo Market

When: Jan 5 to Dec 28, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Aaradhna Taupo
Aaradhna Taupo

When: Dec 14 to Dec 15, 08:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Where: 281 Spa Rd, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Joshua's Bar, Taupo, Lake Taupo

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YHA Taupo

Modernised, stylised and positive vibes; this backpacker hostel has what you need for a great stay in Taupo, providing views from the balcony of New Zealand's largest lake.

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YHA Ohakune

A restored 1906 character villa, this welcoming backpacker hostel is a homely, comfortable base close to world-renowned hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking.

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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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