Taupo has a myriad of spectacular natural landscapes and top tourist attractions that it’s hard to know what to see and do. This guide simplifies everything for you.
One of the most defining moments of Taupo is its clean and refreshing waters. Lake Taupo, for instance, is swimmable in summer, autumn, and spring. Hire a cruise or charter boat to roam over the waters and engage in different types of fishing. There is no better way to explore the thrilling action of Waikato River, the ethereal Huka Falls, Tutukau Gorge, and Aratiata rapids than on a jet boat. Unwind by soaking in the naturally (geothermally) heated pools. Other water activities in Taupo that may interest you include waterskiing, kayaking, windsurfing, and wakeboarding.
Walking and Hiking
There are a few better ways to enjoy the exceptionally incredible landscapes of Taupo than trekking through it. Walk across the untouched swamplands and ancient forests while having impressive views of the breathtaking wonderlands and volcanoes. Stroll or hike the Great Lake Walkway, Huka Falls Trails, Lake Rotopounamu Trails, and the Tongariro River Trail.
Biking and Cycling
What else brings you closer to Taupo’s wilderness from the saddle of a bike? The epic bike trails in Taupo are internationally recognised. Visit the Craters Mountain Bike Park if you have your family with you. But the Great Lake Trail will serve you right if you are an experienced biker or cyclist. Make sure you cycle on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which passes through volcanic craters and near the gemstone-coloured water bodies. Other interesting trails include the Timber Trail and Waikato River Trails.
Art and Culture
Consider visiting popular small museums and art galleries to celebrate the art and culture of Taupo. The Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival and Taupo Art Trail should be on your bucket list. The Lava Glass Sculpture Garden offers you a chance to see handcrafted glass sculptures.
Enjoy your trip to Taupo.