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

  • 40%


    Taupo is pretty touisty but a good base for doing skydiving, etc and also for going to Tongariro National Park. Not a don't miss place.

    Insider Tip:Go sailing on Lake Taupo, it's great

  • 70%


    Taupo is a very pretty town and has good facilities. You can stay very close to the lake and there are a number of bars and restaurants with great views. We did the Tongariro crossing - highly recommended although very busy! The i-site, as elsewhere in NZ is the place to go for information.

    Insider Tip:There's a very nice walk to Huka Falls through the woods from a park on the outskirts of town. Very worth while. If you choose to go further to the damn and the next set of rapids make sure you time it for when the damn opens so you see more water going through - I think it happens a couple of times a day but check before you go!

  • 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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