City Guide Taupo, New Zealand

Visiting Taupo

A town and region with a vast and varied cultural, historical and geographical past, Taupo is a fascinating destination which presents you with a host of wonderful attractions and will leave you promising to come back for more.

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Taupo City Reviews

  • 60%



    Brilliant place, but you must do the Tongaririo crossing. also excellent for sky diving and cliff swing!

    Insider Tip:Try out the Hot Pools in the park! they lead out to the river, its gorgeous.

  • 80%


    Taupo - lovely destination, beautiful lake!

    Taupo is a beautiful little town on the border of an amazing lake. I've been there twice and loved it! So much going on in the city. Try to a boat trip on Sail Fearless. It's one of the best cheap experiences you can have in New Zealand! :-) And skydive Taupo with their stretch limousine is so much fun!

    Insider Tip:Try to a boat trip on Sail Fearless, the pirate ship. It's one of the best cheap experiences you can have in New Zealand! :-)

  • 70%


    Adventure capital of the North Island

    Taupo is a great city, with tons to do and a very central location great for exploring the area. There are some great free walks in the city (check out the natural hot springs on Spa road), and some of the best sky diving in New Zealand. The lake is beautiful and the mountains in the background are perfect. Highly recommend!

    Insider Tip:Get a free thermal hot springs experience right off of the tramping trail going to Haka falls. Just take Spa Road and turn left just past the bugee jumping. Follow the signs until you get to the river and see the steam!

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    Great city for outdoor experiences, close to geothermal, lake, walking and cycling sites and more happening than Rotorua

    Insider Tip:Lake Rotoponamou on the other side of the lake (Take national park road) is a great walk.

  • 80%


    Tongariro Day-Trip

    Taupo is a lovely place to walk around for a bit but the best bit for me was the day trip to the Tongariro Crossing. I can see why it is the most popular day walk in NZ. We got snow, volcanic areas, beautiful lakes, scrubland and forest areas.

    Insider Tip:Instead of paying NZ$55 each for a return trip with a tour company just organise a few people in the hostel and rent a car/minibus. Only takes 80mins to get there. Then just one of you get the shuttle bus to the start (NZ$25) and come and pick everyone up. (Even better just ask around and ofer to share petrol with whoever is going, theres bound to be someone!)

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