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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

Kinloch Market
Kinloch Market

When: Oct 27, 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Kinloch Rd, Kinloch, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Kinloch Domain, Taupo, Lake Taupo

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

Starlight Cinema Fireworks & Laser Extravaganza
Starlight Cinema Fireworks & Laser Extravaganza

When: Nov 1, 05:30 PM to 09:45 PM
Where: Centennial Drive, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Owen Delany Park, 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

The Original Gypsy Fair – Est'd 1990
The Original Gypsy Fair – Est'd 1990

When: Oct 26 to Oct 28, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Tongariro Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Tongariro North Domain, Taupo, Lake Taupo

North Island Select v England Community Lions
North Island Select v England Community Lions

When: Oct 24, 06:25 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: Centennial Drive, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Owen Delany Park, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Graffiato - Taupo Street Art Festival
Graffiato - Taupo Street Art Festival

When: Oct 26 to Oct 28, 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: 32 Roberts St, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Taupo Town Centre, 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

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

BDO Huka MTB – BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
BDO Huka MTB – BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

When: Nov 30, 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Where: 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Great Lake Centre, 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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