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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 Taupo Market
The Taupo Market

When: Jan 4 to Feb 29, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: 56 Huka Falls Road
Venue: Cafe Pinot, Taupo, Waikato

Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert
Whakaipo Lodge Summer Concert

When: Feb 29, 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where: 1/504 Mapara Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Whakaipo Lodge, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Friday & Saturday Night Market
Friday & Saturday Night Market

When: Dec 27 to Feb 22, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Market Central
Market Central

When: Jan 5 to Apr 26, 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Where: Lake Terrace, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Northcroft Reserve, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Ironman 70.3 New Zealand
Ironman 70.3 New Zealand

When: Mar 7, 05:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where: Tongariro St, Taupo 3330
Venue: Northern Domain, Taupo, Waikato

Le Pine & Co Across The Lake Swim
Le Pine & Co Across The Lake Swim

When: Feb 29, 07:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: Lake Terrace, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Lake Taupo, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Surf & Turf Buffet
Surf & Turf Buffet

When: Dec 29 to Mar 1, 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where: State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Wairakei Resort, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Taupo Wellbeing Market 2020
Taupo Wellbeing Market 2020

When: Mar 14 to Mar 15, 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Where: 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Beyond The Surface
Beyond The Surface

When: Feb 22 to Mar 30, 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where: 4 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Taupo Museum, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2020
Taupo MTB Club Summer Series 2020

When: Jan 30 to Mar 19, 05:15 PM to 07:30 PM
Where: State Highway 5, Taupo, Lake Taupo
Venue: Craters MTB Park, 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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