Top 10 must-visit attractions in Taupo

Top 10 must-visit attractions in Taupo
December 8, 2020

With the beauty of the lake and the Tongariro mountain range, Taupo can certainly boast one of the most picturesque views in New Zealand. Conveniently situated in the centre of the North Island, and in a geothermal hotspot, Taupo has a seemingly endless number of activities for both adults and children. When coming to Taupo, the difficulty for you will not be which activities to choose, but rather which ones to leave out. Perhaps the answer is to visit again for another holiday. You can see why Taupo is one of the most loved holiday destinations in New Zealand.

Here are our top 10 attractions you can't miss.

10. Experience Mount Tongariro

Taupo Floatplane

Mount Tongariro is a compound volcano, located 20km southwest of Lake Taupo. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is widely regarded as New Zealand’s best one-day hike. You can expect some moon-like landscapes, beautiful emerald lakes; and epic views. A shuttle service is available for hikers through Tongariro Expeditions. Another great option is to view the stunning mountain range from above, in Taupo’s Floatplane; a Cessna 206 seaplane. You will have the added experience of taking off and landing on the waters of Lake Taupo.

9. A tasting session at Huka Honey Hive

Taupo Huka Honey Hive

Huka Honey Hive offers free honey, mead and liqueur tastings. Live beehive viewings are fascinating for both adults and children alike. There are some interactive displays as well as the largest selection of artisan honey products for sale.

8. Thrills on the Mighty Waikato River

Rapids Jet Taupo

The Waikato River can offer both thrills and scenic tranquillity. Here you have New Zealand’s only white-water jet boat experience, with Rapids Jet, or you can ride with Huka Falls Jet, right to the base of the majestic Huka Falls; the most voluminous waterfall in New Zealand. Both options guarantee an exhilarating ride, with the wind in your hair, a little spray on your arms and a smile on your face. If you prefer a more relaxing experience, then Huka Falls River Cruise is for you; an excellent choice for all those photography lovers.

7. Give Skydiving a go

Taupo Tandem Skydive

Skydiving is a must if you are the adventurous type, and Taupo Tandem Skydiving guarantees an unforgettable experience. Choose from four different heights, up to 18,500 ft. and be captivated by the epic coast-to-coast views of the North Island, volcanoes and the stunning Lake Taupo. With highly trained tandem masters, they boast “We’ve thrown over 200 000 crazy people out of our planes!” Free Hummer pickup is available in Taupo; and free transport from Rotorua; conditions may apply.

6. Visit a geothermal wonderland

Orakei Korako

Orakei  Korako Geothermal Park and Cave transports you into a world of hot springs, bubbling mud pools, up to 23 natural geysers and vibrant orange and white silica terraces. Visit the Ruatapu Cave, extending more than 36m downwards to volcanic tuff and the “Pool of Mirrors’ hot pool. The hidden valley, a mere 25 minute drive from Taupo and 45 minutes from Rotorua, has been conscientiously preserved in as natural a state as possible, this attraction will not disappoint.

5. White-water rafting on the Tongariro River

On the Tongariro River, both Rafting New Zealand and Tongariro River Rafting, offer exhilarating white-water rafting experiences as well as more family-friendly adventures; suitable for ages 3 and up. No previous rafting experience is necessary. Raft fishing tours are also available and you may even get a glimpse of the endangered Blue Duck along the river. If you wish to go fishing on your own, Taupo Rod and Tackle offer the best selection of flies and lures and they know which ones are working.

4. Take a steam boat cruise

Ernest Kemp Cruises

Ernest Kemp, Taupo’s loved replica steam boat provides relaxing cruises on beautiful Lake Taupo. Make sure that you have your camera ready when you visit the sacred Maori Rock Carvings, towering 14 metres above the water. Cruise times with Ernest Kemp are 1 ½ and 2 hours and comfortable seating is provided both inside and out. Cruises proceed in all weather conditions and the heavy steel hull ensures that your boat trip will be as smooth as possible.

3. Experience the lake with Chris Jolly Outdoors

Chris Jolly Outdoors, has worked as a trusted activity partner in Taupo for forty years. They offer boating, fly fishing, hunting, hiking and biking activities, as well as cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings. The business is “built on having good boats, expert guides who know a trick or two and a great team who know how to show you a great time”.

2. Take a leap with the ultimate bungy

Taupo Bungy and Swing provides the ultimate adrenaline activity. Jump or swing from a cliff top, towering high above the beautiful, turquoise Waikato river.Taupo Bungy and Swing is located only five minutes from Taupo’s city centre.

1. Natural hot springs, an award winning holiday park and a spa - all in one

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort is an award-winning Holiday Park, offering accommodation for every budget. Experience the healing waters of the natural hot springs and entertain the kids with heated hydroslides and a warm-water playground. The on-site Day Spa and Café are an added bonus. 

While you are trying out these experiences you will need a quality place to stay. Our award winning holiday park has a range of accommodation options. You can book your stay here.

We look forward to seeing you.

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