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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

The Big Bang - New Year's Eve Celebration
The Big Bang - New Year's Eve Celebration

When: Dec 31 to Jan 1, 07:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Where: Ruapehu Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Colonel Roberts Reserve, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Christmas in the Park Taupo
Christmas in the Park Taupo

When: Dec 5, 01:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where: 32 Roberts St, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Taupo Town Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Le Currents - Taupo
Le Currents - Taupo

When: Dec 27, 02:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Taupo Summer Concert
Taupo Summer Concert

When: Jan 30, 09:45 AM to 06:15 PM
Where: Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Feelers & Elemeno P - Summer Tour 2021
The Feelers & Elemeno P - Summer Tour 2021

When: Jan 3, 06:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Where: 10 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Finn's Bistro and Beer Garden, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Christmas Day Grand Buffet
Christmas Day Grand Buffet

When: Dec 25, 11:30 AM to 08:30 PM
Where: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Taupo Market
The Taupo Market

When: Jul 4 to Mar 6, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: 150 Acacia Bay Road Corner Mansell Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Nukuhau Shopping Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Market Central
Market Central

When: May 3 to Apr 25, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Lake Terrace, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Northcroft Reserve, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Gambler
The Gambler

When: Dec 13, 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM
Where: State Highway 5, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Craters MTB Park, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Taupo Rodeo
Taupo Rodeo

When: Dec 29, 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: Cnr Broadlands & Centennial Drive, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Taupo Rodeo, 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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