Taupo (town) Travel Guide

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    Taupo with Ruapehu in the background
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Taupo (town) Things to Do

  • Craters of the Moon

    2 mins away from Huka Falls, Craters of the moon is one of the popular mud geyser site for geothermal scenarios.

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  • Opotaka

    Around Taupo has a lot to see, traveling at this northern part New Zealand we notice more houses and sculpture of the Maori, and in the the shops restaurants more Maori people working in this branch

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  • Alum Cave

    The fairy like grotto the Alum Cave it deserves a more picturesque name, blocks of pure alum lie scattered about the floor. The best time to enter the place is when the sun is in the western sky, opposite the entrance then it shines with modified light through the shade of the waving fern leaves

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  • Orakei-Korako Valley

    Up here the whole valley is alive, simmering, bubbling, thumping with thermal action the boiling springs extend for over an area about a mile in length

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  • The Hidden Valley

    A section of the beautiful multi-coloured silica flat with it's many boiling pools at Orakei-Korako. The landscapes here have a wildness

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  • Orakei-Korako

    The place is now deserted except for the Maori guide and canoe ferryman.Orakei-Korako is in the valley of the Waikato where it flows from the pumice plains north of Taupo

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  • Huka Jet Boat

    Try Huka Jet Boat Ride,they'll take you to a few meters of the bottom of the final stage. It's an exhilarating experience a water ride through spectacular Huka Falls the ride takes you on a 30 minute ride of a lifetime

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  • Huka Falls

    The Huka Falls is located in the Wairakei tourist park not far north of the town of Taupo, the Falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains Lake TaupoSeveral hundred metres upstream from the Huka Falls, the Waikato River narrows from roughly 100 metres across into a hard rock granite canyon only 15 metres across. At the top of the...

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  • Huka Falls

    The Huka Falls are a series of waterfalls on the Waikato River whish flows from Lake Taupo. They are formed where the river narrows from 100 metres wide down to 15 metres. The huge volume of water is regulated by a hydro power scheme. The falls are a popular tourist site as they are close to town - a 5 minute drive north. Jet boat companies now...

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  • Trout Fishing

    Some of the world's best trout fishing can be found in the Taupo District. Licences are required to fish and can be obtained from the Department of Conservation, the tourist information offices or various fishing and retail outlets. Driving round the lakes and over the bridges crossing the streams and rivers that flow into and out of the lake, you...

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  • Like Prawns

    We enjoyed our tour of the Prawn farm, but to be honest, the tour is a little pricy at $15, given that you only get one complementary prawn at the end of the tour. I did enjoy the tour, but I was tempted to put it in the tourist trap section.This facility was set up some years ago using prawns imported from Malaysia, and they are bred there with...

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  • Volcanic Activity Centre

    This is an interesting place to learn about the volatile central North Island area, and its history of eruptions and earthquakes. There's not a lot to it, but it's still interesting. Worth a look for 40 minutes or so.

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Taupo (town) Hotels

Taupo (town) Restaurants

  • McDC-3

    I'm not the type to frequent American fast food joints while traveling. I really despise that idea, but there is one McDonald's that may be worth a visit in the city of Taupo. Yes, that's a DC-3 (I believe). I'm not sure of the back-story here, but it is original, if nothing else!There is a history of the plane at...

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  • Lone Star

    One of the biggest and the most popular restaurant & bars in the area. Sleek decoration, cute waitress - mostly student girls. Redneck Ribs

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  • Top Quality NZ Cuisine

    An idyllic setting overlooking the water, some excellent food, and some top quality service makes this a great place to have dinner.It's the sort of place that I seldom get to these days, so it was a rare treat and we really enjoyed it.My wife chose the venison, and I had a scotch fillet steak. With drinks the bill came to $230. That's a fair bit...

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  • Nice and warm on a cold wet night

    It was a cold wet night so the restaurant was warm and friendly - also busy. Service was good. I had the Lamb Shank in a cranberry and rosemary jus which was delicious and so tender. My mother had a steak with mushroom sauce.

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  • Prawns, Prawns and more Prawns

    This restaurant is attached to the prawn farm, and there are no prizes for guessing what this restaurant's specialty is. It's good, but not cheap.

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  • Good steaks!

    We enjoyed the service and the food here, with the steaks being really quite excellent. It's next to the Suncourt motor lodge, and the food is of a high quality. It is a little expensive, but it's worth it.

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Taupo (town) Shopping

  • Honey and Fruit wines

    The Honey Hive offers all kinds of honey products as well as fruit wines, and offers free tasting. I must have tried about ten different varieties. Well worth a look.

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  • Quality local art.

    This shop is great for contemporary ethnic art. The items here are very attractive and authentic, and of very high quality. I like the jewellery, but you can find wall hangings, art, and all sorts of items for around the house.I highly recommend this shop. Well the good stuff is not cheap, but it's not so overpriced you can't afford at least...

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  • Great place to buy food supplies.

    Everyone needs a supermarket for supplies, whatever they may be. This is a very interesting shop. Lots of variety and best of all, open 7 days a week 6.00am until midnight. Food, and most personal supplies for travellers. In fact because of the international population of this town the supermarket seems to stock lots of intersting things. I really...

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Taupo (town) Off The Beaten Path

  • Hidden Valley

    Arrive in Orakei-Korako still were not here yet after driving this off beaten path. The thermal is only accessible by ferry boat, Maori is often seen working in this area

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  • Orakei-Korako

    The thermal country extending from Rotorua for a hundred miles southward, there are places of wonder and beauty, still in primitive state, which are scarcely driving to get here

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  • Alternative to Rotorua - Orakei Korako

    An alternative to Rotorua is the “Hidden Valley” Orakei Korako, about 30 minutes drive north of Taupo town.It truly is a hidden valley, the drive from Taupo taking you through rolling paddocks replete with sheep and deer farms, to a small valley. There is a visitor’s center/ gift shop, and a large carpark, and on arrival you may notice puffs of...

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Taupo (town) Favorites

  • Huka Falls

    Quite spectacular are the Huka Falls. A must for anyone visiting Taupo.The Waikato river passes through a very narrow passage, meaning the volume of water going down the falls is quite remarkable.

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  • Call at the Information Office.

    Always visit the Information Office of a town. Plenty of brochures, and information to be obtained in this office, and very good staff to ask personal questions.They can book you on the local activities, such as bungy jumping or jet boating. Or simply point you in the direction of the nearby shops.

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  • Visit Huka Falls. Just north...

    Visit Huka Falls. Just north of Taupo on the main highway, just turn off where the sign is. There is a whole bunch of water coming down the Waikato river and suddenly there is a small neck for it all to get through. So there is a section of raging rapids followed by a drop at the falls into a pool then on down the river. Just at the top of this...

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  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    Nov 29, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    If you are coming to Taupo to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing just be aware part of the track is closed due to recent volcanic activity, but they are re-assessing daily.

    • kiwi's Profile Photo
      Apr 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      The Crossing was reopened some time back, but for now it's an 'Out and Return' track, the part effected by eruption is still closed. Still well worth doing though.

 
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