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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

Pre-Party Taupo 2020
Pre-Party Taupo 2020

When: Jan 24, 07:30 PM to 11:55 PM
Where: 26 AC Baths Avenue, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Taupo Events Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Friday & Saturday Night Market
Friday & Saturday Night Market

When: Dec 27 to Feb 29, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Rogue Bore Container Bar Pop-up
The Rogue Bore Container Bar Pop-up

When: Dec 20 to Feb 10, 02:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: 29 Tuwharetoa Street
Venue: The Carpark, Taupo, Waikato

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

Beer Appreciation Day Riverside
Beer Appreciation Day Riverside

When: Feb 22, 12:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Taupo Market
The Taupo Market

When: Jan 4 to Feb 29, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: 56 Huka Falls Road
Venue: Cafe Pinot, Taupo, Waikato

Market Central
Market Central

When: Jan 5 to Apr 26, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Lake Terrace, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Northcroft Reserve, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Waste Free Living Workshop - With Kate Meads
Waste Free Living Workshop - With Kate Meads

When: Feb 12, 06:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

NZ House & Garden Tours
NZ House & Garden Tours

When: Feb 21, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 30 Tongariro St, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Taupō i-Site, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Nearby Hostels

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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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YHA Rotorua

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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