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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

BANFF Mountain Film Festival
BANFF Mountain Film Festival

When: Jun 29, 07:00 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 Dec 28, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

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

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

Formula Challenge in Style
Formula Challenge in Style

When: Jun 29 to Jun 30, 02:00 PM to 10:05 AM
Where: 271 Huka Falls Road, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Huka Lodge, 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

Taupo Hobby Expo
Taupo Hobby Expo

When: Jul 13 to Jul 14, 10:00 AM to 03:00 PM
Where: 26 A C Baths Avenue, Tauhara, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: AC Baths & Thermal Hot Pools, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Zirka Circus
Zirka Circus

When: Jul 11 to Jul 14, 07:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Where: Tongariro Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Tongariro North Domain, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Taste of Asia Buffet
Taste of Asia Buffet

When: May 4 to Jun 29, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Wairakei Resort, 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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