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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

Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament 2019
Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament 2019

When: Sep 8 to Sep 14, 10:30 AM to 06:30 PM
Where: Centennial Drive, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Owen Delany Park, 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

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

Onward - A Decade of Devilskin
Onward - A Decade of Devilskin

When: Oct 17, 07:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Gambler
The Gambler

When: Sep 8, 09:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: Karapiti Road
Venue: Craters Mountain Bike Park, Taupo, Waikato

2019 Sika Show & Competitions
2019 Sika Show & Competitions

When: Sep 28 to Sep 29, 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

New Orleans Buffet
New Orleans Buffet

When: Aug 3 to Sep 28, 05:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Wairakei Resort, 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

Five Senses Dining - Tastes of Taupo
Five Senses Dining - Tastes of Taupo

When: Aug 31, 06:30 PM to 11:30 PM
Where: 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Taupo Blue Light - Drive in Movie
Taupo Blue Light - Drive in Movie

When: Sep 14, 06:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: 96 Richmond Ave, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Waipahihi Reserve, Taupo, Lake Taupo

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