Taupo, located on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake, is a must-stop on every North Island road trip. The town has something for everyone from lake fishing to amazing mountain biking paths: experience incredible skydiving, jet boating, bungy jumping, and white water rafting. Alternatively, unwind in one of the warm geothermal pools or have a coffee at one of the numerous charming cafes. There appear to be unlimited alternatives in this intriguing tiny town, so let’s start with this list of things to do in Taupo.
Visit the magnificent Huka Falls.
See all the excitement at New Zealand’s most popular natural attraction, Huka Falls! Look where the Waikato River pours into a tiny canyon, dumping 220,000 liters (58,118 gallons) every second. Experience this natural wonder firsthand by walking the route with multiple vistas, jet boating with the Hukafalls Jet, or bird-watching by helicopter.
Investigate Geothermal Parks, Taupo
As previously said, Lake Taupo is a spectacular volcanic feature, but there is much more geothermal activity to observe around town. Visit the Moon’s Crater, a geothermal trek with boiling mud pools and vents. There’s the Wairakei Thermal Valley, or you may travel 30 minutes north of Taupo to visit the Orakei Korako Geothermal Park, one of the area’s most colorful attractions.
Rafting on the Tongariro River
Although this is technically not in Taupo but in neighbouring Turangi, free daily pick-ups leave from Taupo! Isn’t that worth something? Crossing the enormous Tongariro River is a thrilling experience, especially during the high water season in fall. Tongariro River Rafting can help you plan your trip.
Sailing or kayaking to the Maori Statue of Stone
Mine Bay, on the coast of Lake Taupo, is only accessible by boat. The rocks conceal a unique Maori carving that is 10 meters (33 feet) tall. Go on a pleasant sailing cruise with Sail Barbary or Sail Fearless to see the carvings. Kayaking to the carvings is also an exciting excursion with Canoe and Kayak Taupo.
Unwind in the Hot Springs Taupo
Geothermal activity around Lake Taupo has resulted in a plethora of hot pools that are either moderately priced or free! Maybe it’s time to unwind and pamper yourself? Relax in Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort’s big heated mineral pools, equipped with waterfalls and hydrotherapy zones (more information on Tripadvisor). You may also add to the romance by hiring one of the indoor private pools. The Wairakei Terraces, a collection of lovely multi-level heated bathing pools and a walkway to the geothermal terraces that are a delightful complement to your visit, are another romantic alternative.
Paragliding over Lake Taupo
It is possible to skydive across New Zealand’s largest lake! If this has been one of your dreams since you read this a few seconds ago, make a note on your Taupo Bucket List!
Experience the Taupo Bungy
Taupo Bungy is the highest water-touching bungy in the country, nestled in a magnificent canyon on the Waikato River. Swing across the canyon by yourself, with a friend, or in a group. You have various possibilities for putting the law of gravity to the test!