Heaps of accommodation, restaurants, nice lake, nice parks
280 km southeast of Auckland by road
A short drive from Lake Taupo is Huka Falls.It is a beautiful drive through pristine nature with its lush green plants and the gushing Aqua blue water. There are well beaten paths to follow and a bridge so you can enjoy the view from both sides and directly over the rushing water. If you would like to get closer to the Falls and have an adrenaline...more
Located just outside of Lake Taupo is another interesting thermal valley, that has been named for its resemblance to a different planet. Craters of the Moon is part of the Wairakei Tourist Park complex, and is just seconds away from Huka Falls. We took the track around the entire site, and it took us a little over 30 minutes to walk it. Because of...more
This is where you'll find NZ's largest collection of fruit wines and fruit liqueurs. You will be able to taste the unique NZ medal winning fruit wines including Kiwifruit, Boysenberry, Plum, Fejoa, Apricot, Passionfruit, Strawberry, Blueberry, Ederberry, and Honey Meads plus fruit liquers, ports, brandies and schnapps.Hours:9am - 5pm dailymore
Golf in New Zealand is definitely a very popular sport in all its varieties, but I have to admit that the killer prawn golf exceeded my expectations!Rent a golf club and throw at the floating rings to win interestig cash prizes.We had a go hoping to earn some money for an extra week in New Zealand, but we failed :-(I cannot help thinking about the...more
Huka falls are the largest falls in Waikako river, and they are really impressive.The Huka Fall drop is only 20 metres, but the river flow is huge (20 metres wide) and the result is breathtaking! Just think that Huka Falls provide energy for most of NZ north island :)Water is deep blue, almost an unnatural shade, above all in the pool under the...more
While walking on lake Taupo waterfront in Taupo city, you cannot miss a "golf fun area" where you can hire a stick and practise your swing aiming at a floating green with 3 holes located IN the lake. You win a free ball each time one of you balls hits the floating platform and 5000NZ$ for hole-in-ones!more
I'm trying desperately not to name this place but, I have to hand it to them; putting an aeroplane at the front of your store is bound to attract attention!My opinion of their food is that it's average but they do have two things going for them. The toilets are usually clean (an important point for the ladies) and the air conditioning is nice and...more
The facade of this place belies the quality behind. This exudes class from the moment you walk in the door.From the subdued lighting to the fireplace to the solid wooden furniture to the well trained staff to the food itself (that's what I really came for wasn't it), I thought this place the finest we'd eaten at on all our New Zealand trips.Of...more
A cosy bar and restaurant. We come here almost every time we visit Taupo. They don't take bookings, but if you have to wait, the food and prices make it worth your while. Family oriented, it has a good selection of menu items, with a "pre-teen" and "children's" menu also. Nothing fancy, just honest to goodness good value.more
Taupo is a very popular destination for tourists and kiwis alike as there is so much to see and do in the area. State Highway One runs through the town so if you are travelling through the North Island it is likely you will at least pass through Taupo.For travellers who are going from Auckland to Wellington, Taupo is a great place to stop over a...more
Jumpers is a shop at Lake Taupo that carries a unique collection of quality knitwear for men and women. A popular choice is the hand-spun, hand-dyed and hand-knitted pure wool jumpers (sweaters) or 'wooly jumpers' as the Kiwis say. Other favorites are the high quality Merino 'mink' jumpers, scarfs, hats and gloves. These high quality Merino wool items are very soft and keep you warm without being to bulky.
Note: The 'mink' is not real mink fur, it is actually a luxurious blend of Merino wool, angora and possum fur. The possums in New Zealand have long fur and are not endangered, in fact they're a threat, having caused tremendous destruction to endangered native bush.
During Summer, while 22C equates to a warm and pleasant day in other countries, spending all day in the New Zealand sun without protection will mean some serious sunburn.
SLIP - on some protective clothing
SLOP - on some sunscreen (SPF 40+)
SLAP - on a hat
We visited Lake Taupo around the middle of winter, and yet it was still fairly temperate. I had a good sized windshielding jacket and a pair of jeans. I would also recommend a beanie or something to keep your ears warm.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Readily available in this area.
Ngauruhoe measures 2,291m (7515ft) tall and is still classified as an active volcano with over 61 eruptions since 1839. It is a beautifully shaped "classic" volcano. The cone is thought to be 2500 years old but is still being added to. It is possible to climb Mt Ngauruhoe from the South Crater on the Tongariro Crossing. I had planned to do this but...more
The Tongariro Crossing is a 8 hour hike across Mt Tongariro and past Mt Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park. I did the hike a year ago and would thoroughly recommend it! I was not physically fit at the time and found it hard going at times but a great sense of achievement at the end! The park is at least a 30 minute drive from Taupo but there...more
Waimungu Volcanic Rift Valley on the road from Taupo to Rotorua. You will find the world's largest hot spring and the most amazing craters in the Waimangu Valley. These craters were formed during the 1886 Tarawera Eruption. Amazing beauty, spectacular scenery, incredible geothermal activity, a nature lover's paradise of wildlife and plants. Frying...more
There was quite a kerfuffel. People everywhere, some of them running. Actually, most of them were running; the occasion - the annual half marathon held in August each year.There were also others competing but, whatever their step, it bore little resemblence to what I've come to know as running.The eventual winner was 100 metres in front not long...more
An activity for the thrill seekers to one of NZ’s most popular tourist attractions.... Take the plunge and bungy jumps at Taupo over the Waikato River.This bungy site is set against cliff-tops high above the crystal clear waters of the Waikato River and is one of NZ's most spectacular bungy sites. If you're not into bungy, the scenic backdrop and...more
A 30 minutes of fun and excitement takes you along a beautiful river environment, lined with native bush and natural Hot Springs. Enjoy the sensation as you skim close to cliffs & slide past trees @ at 80km/h. Then get ready for a 360 degree spin, as the boat turns on its own length!Huka Jet will take you right up to the base of the foaming Huka...more
There's lots of drives to take when you're holidaying in Taupo and my trip to Whakapapa took me past the start of the famous Tongariro National Park walk. The sound of the melt-fed river thrashing itself on the rocks is unmistakeable and I couldn't ignore it when travelling past so I asked my hosts to pull up while I took a couple of snaps.These...more
One of the things about Taupo that you never forget is the steam and pipes just to the north west of the town.I can understand how the pressure from beneath the ground can drive things but I just wonder about the sulphur and how they keep things from corroding. The steam is used twice to provide power; once when it is pushed up by the earth and...more
It is quite common for travellers to arrive in Taupo without having booked accommodation first. There is a huge variety of accommodation options in Taupo so a good place to check out is the Taupo Visitor Information centre. It is located on the main street on the right at the start of the domain park. They also have information and can make...more