Taupo Explore

Great Lake Taupo

The Great Lake Taupo region offers activities and experiences for everyone, regardless of age, interests or budget – on the lake, in Taupo town, and in the surrounding region. Check out the offical Great Lake Taupo Visitor Guide for information about Lake Taupo and the nearby areas.


Taupo offers a number of family friendly activities, with a lot of things to see and do for kids of any age, including plenty of rainy day activities. For those on a budget there are plenty of free activities. There are a large number of walking tracks and cycling trails in Taupo township and the surrounding area, ranging from a stroll in the botanical gardens to mountain biking the Great Lake Cycle Trail. And if you are looking for something to get your adrenaline pumping, then Taupo is the place for you – jet boating, bungy jumping, sky diving, the list goes on!

Lake Taupo

And a visit to Taupo is not complete without a trip out on the lake – take a cruise or kayak tour and visit the must-see Maori rock carvings, or try your hand at trout fishing. Another must-see in Taupo is the spectacular Huka Falls, the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand! They are free to visit, but if you want to get up closer then why not take a jet boat ride or river cruise to the base of the falls. We also recommend the walk along river to Spa Park, and a soak in the natural hot springs that run out into the river.

Eat and Drink

There are a range of great cafes and restaurants in Taupo, here is our list of recommended places to eat. Or check out the Great Lake Foodie Trail. For those of you looking for some art and culture, Taupo has plenty of that to offer, from sculptures to street art. Taupo has many talented artists, you can learn more about them at the Taupo Art Connection website. Taupo is also the perfect destination for those wanting get in a bit of retail therapy or want to relax and pamper themselves.


For those of you planning a longer stay with us, there are many fantastic places that can be visited on day trips from Taupo, including the nearby townships of Turangi and Mangakino. And if you have the time we highly recommend a visit to Tongariro National Park – New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is heralded as the best one-day trek available in New Zealand, while others say it ranks among the top ten single-day treks in the world.

Ask Us

If you would like some advice on things to see and do or places to eat, or would like us to make bookings for you, we would be more than happy to help. Just come and see us at reception once you are all settled in, or contact us while you are still planning you visit to Taupo.


We have discount vouchers for many activities and restaurants so be sure to enquire at reception before booking or heading out to enjoy some of the many activities and experiences the Great Lake Taupo region has to offer.