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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

Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert
Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert

When: Feb 23, 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 1/504 Mapara Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Whakaipo Lodge, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Bubble Show
The Bubble Show

When: Feb 22, 04:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: Matai St, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Centre Stage, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Developing Brain - Taupo
The Developing Brain - Taupo

When: Feb 26, 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: 20 Parata Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Waipahihi Primary School, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Sunday Surf & Turf Buffet
Sunday Surf & Turf Buffet

When: Feb 3 to Mar 31, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Frank Burkitt Band
The Frank Burkitt Band

When: Feb 21, 07:00 PM to 11:59 PM
Where: 4 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Taupo Museum, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Taupo Home & Garden Show
Taupo Home & Garden Show

When: Apr 5 to Apr 7, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Across The Lake Swim
Across The Lake Swim

When: Feb 23, 07:00 AM to 09:15 AM
Where: Lake Terrace, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Lake Taupo, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Friday & Saturday Night Market
Friday & Saturday Night Market

When: Dec 28 to Feb 23, 06:00 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 Jun 1, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Taupo Wellbeing Market
Taupo Wellbeing Market

When: Mar 9 to Mar 10, 10:00 AM to 04:00 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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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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