Taupo Region Things to Do

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Taupo Region Things to Do

  • Visit Lake Taupo

    Lake Taupo is a very large body of water in the central region of the North Island. It is the largest lake in New Zealand as per surface area, and seems to go on for days!It is drained by the Waikato River, which is also the longest river in New Zealand, which makes this area very vital to the North Island. Its major town is Taupo (original name we...

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  • Tongariro National Park

    The Tongariro NP is New Zealand's first National Park and a World Heritage site with active and extinct volcanoes, spectacular scenery, as well we high cultural and religious significance for the Maori people. I was unlucky with the weather, but the mountains looked amazing even in a cloudy, depressing day.(For LOTR fans: Tongariro NP became Mordor...

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  • HUKA FALLS

    The Huka Falls are the largest falls on the Waikato River which is one of New Zealand's longest rivers and it drains Lake Taupo - the largest freshwater lake in all of Australasia.The name Huka is the Maori word for 'foam', plenty of that when they are running at their fastest!DON'T MISS THESE FALLS, we thought they were really impressive, a sight...

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  • LAKE OHAKURI

    One of our day trips was to have a look at lake Ohakukri. This lake forms the reservoir for the Ohakuri hydro electric power station and is the largest artificial lake of the Waikato river system. Perhaps a shame that the making of this lake drowned two thirds of the Orakei Korako geothermal area, including two of the world's largest geysers,...

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  • McDonald's Plane

    On our wanders around Taupo, we came across a Plane at McDonald's. Buy your Macca's, then head into the plane to eat it! Probably an experience that children would love, certainly different!Think Planes & food must be a "New Zealand" thing, this was the second one we saw on our travels.

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  • MT. RUAPEHU & WHAKAPAPA VILLAGE

    Mount 'Roo-a -pe-hoo", [ this is how you pronounce it] in Maori translation relates to its volcanic history. Rua = pit and pehu = to explode. At 2 797 metres, Mt Ruapehu is the highest mountain in the North Island, and is an active Volcano.Mt Ruapehu's eight named glaciers are the only glaciers in the North Island and the sacred Crater Lake (on top...

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  • TAWHAI FALLS

    These waterfalls are located in the Tongariro National park.Tawhai Falls is a tiny 5m waterfall that is reached by walking through beech and brown tussock grasslands. The falls tumble over the edge of an ancient lava flow and are situated at the lower elevations of Tongariro National Park.It was only a short 20min walk to them, and because of all...

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  • CRATERS OF THE MOON

    The craters of the moon area is still active and in expansion: the steam vents and craters are constantly forming and/or changing. There was a set boardwalk that we did, taking you amongst all the craters, steam vents and mud pools. Along the walk there was plenty of interesting information on what we were viewing. The walk is very easy and is...

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  • WAIRAKEI POWER STATION

    Visit the Rapids, then visit the Power station to see how the energy is harnessed. We found it to be very interesting.The power station was built in 1958, the first of its type in the world.The Wairakei power station is due to be phased out from 2011, replaced by the Te Mihi geothermal power station. The use of steam from the field has had a number...

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  • ARATIATIA RAPIDS

    Located 10ks north of Taupo, the Spill gates from the Dam are opened, and a wall of water rushes through a narrow gorge at 90,000 litres per second. The gates are shut a half hour later, and it turns back into a placid stream. At Aratiatia, the Waikato river falls naturally 28metres in one kilometre. This natural drop has been harnessed for Hydro...

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  • Maori Rock Carvings

    The Maori carvings as shown on the pic were made in the 1980s by some artists, you can only view them from a ship or boat. They present traditional Maori heroes and deities, even though some should not have been portrayed according to Maori faith. The island that can be seen in Lake Taupo is the burial place and very sacred to Maori, thus it cannot...

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  • Tongariro Crossing

    Tongariro Crossing - one-day walk - is a part of the Northern Circuit which is classed as one of the NZ´s Great Walks. The walk takes 6-7 hours (depending on your condition :-)), there is one steep spot only, but it is really a steep one, during the walk you pass by Mt. Ngauruhoe (if you feel fit for it you can also climb it but it takes 2-3 hours...

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  • Walk Tongariro Crossing

    One of the most famous activities of the Taupo Region is the amazing one day trek known as the Tongariro Crossing.A popular and sometimes crowded track, the point to point walk generally used, normally takes around 7 hours to complete. I took 10 hours, probably the maximum, give daylight time during the summer months. Good close locations to start...

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  • Craters of the Moon

    You can walk here for 1.5 hours thru a thermally active area. There used to be a lot of hot vents here, but they're not working anymore since a waterpump is active nearby. Instead the ground gets heated up to 120 degrees Celsius in some places and there are huge craters that have steam coming out.

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  • Huka Falls

    The Huka Falls are absolutely blue. This is because the water is so clear, it reflects the colour of the sky. The Huka Falls provide for 15% of New Zealands power. The Maori call it Hukanui Falls, meaning Great Body of Spray. You can cross a bridge above the Huka Falls, definetely worth it.

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  • Fishing......

    Lake Taupo and the Tangiriro River is one of the best trout fishing grounds in the world. So when you are in Taupo make some time to do some fishing for brown or rainbow trouts.You can get a fishing licence from the tourist information centre and they can put you in touch with an experience guide. The guide fees are quite expensive but worth it if...

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  • Maori carvings on Lake Taupo

    To see the modern Maori rock carvings you have to do a lake cruise. The carvings are located on private land so you can´t get there by foot. It is a great experience to take a boat ride, the lakeside is only partly inhabited, there are no modern high buildings, beautiful virgin nature all around with amazing panorama of Mt. Tongariro and Mt....

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  • Aratiatia Rapids

    The Rapids used to belong to one of the most spectacular parts of Waikato River. Unfortunately the goverment built there a power house and a dam shutting off the water. A few times a day they open the control gates so the tourists can watch the water flow. There are couple viewing points where you can take nice pictures from.

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  • Tongariro National Park

    Tongariro National Park is definitely one of the highlights of the Taupo Region in New Zealand's North Island. It is currently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, in 1993 Tongariro became the first property to be inscribed on the World Heritage List under the revised criteria describing cultural landscapes. The mountains at the heart of the...

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  • Huka Falls

    Huka falls are located on Waikato River and they are well known for their beautiful clear turquise color of water. The word Hukanui means in Maori Great Body of Spray.

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  • Craters of the Moon

    Craters of the Moon in an unexploited thermal area some five kms North of Taupo. It´s a place with many mud pools, heated water pools and steam, through the area goes an easy safe pathway, I liked the walk just the combination of strong Sun and hot steam made me pretty sweaty...

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  • Tongoriro World Heritage National Park

    This is to me one of the most beautiful part of the North Island, with it's 3 distinct volcanic cones, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongoriro and Mt Ngauruhoe, which is the scary Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings.There is also the 17km Tongariro Crossing, considered the best one day hike in New Zealand. I've not done this yet but it is in my list of things to...

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  • Artist's Palette

    This part of Orakei Korako is even more special (there's also one Geothermal attraction in Rotorua itself where you can see this kind of thing). The pools really do look like different colours mixed on an artist's palette...close together, but made of different minerals, and showing different hues.

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  • Orakei Korako Lake

    You buy your tickets at the lake side and get your map, then the boat takes you across the lake to the start of the terraces, geysers, bubbling mud pools and more. It's a nice walk around all of the different features.

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  • Orakei Korako

    Orakei Korako is located a bit over half way between Rotorua and Taupo, so I've chosen to present my latest pics of it here.It's one of the best thermal areas of the whole region, and interesting because to reach it, you must be first taken across a small lake by boat.

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  • McDonalds Taupo DC3

    The DC3 still had the original cockpit, glassed in. The full history of the plane was given on poster form on one wall, with photos etc. Quite an informatiove historical display. The McDonalds itself had a very good McCafe with it, featuring nice cakes, quiches including Kumera (a kind of sweet potato) & pumpkin quiche. This combination must be a...

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  • McDonalds Taupo DC3

    The plane's seating has been arranged just slightly, to provide solid tables rather than the previous seat back ones for eating. An interesting dining experience for kids and adults alike!

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  • Taupo McDonalds

    I think this is the first time I've ever put a McDonalds on a "Must See" before, but this one really is!Most McDonalds I've seen have the outdoor play area for the kids, and this one had one too, but it had an amazing addition for its outdoor dining area!It's a 1943 Douglas D3 plane.It flew commercially in NZ, Australia & other countries for many...

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  • Huka Falls

    There are several vantage points where you can see the river above Huka falls. This is one taken from a lookout on the road.

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  • Lake Taupo itself

    Lake Taupo hardly needs to be listed as a 'Must See' because it's impossible to miss it! I knew it was large, but even I was stunned by the sheer size of it. Much more than the huge fishing lake I was expected, it reminded me more of large lakes in Switzerland, with attractive mountains around it. The lake was being used for various other forms of...

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  • Volcanic Activity Centre

    A must see if you're interested in learning more about the fascinating Volcanic history and geography of this super active region of New Zealand.There's also a video you can watch about New Zealand's most active volcanoes, including White Island, in the North.I also learned with surprise that it's not just this area, but much more widespread, with...

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  • Craters of the Moon 2

    An other view of the geothermal activity in the Craters of the Moon area. The whole site has an other-worldy atmosphere.For visitors there is an elevated pathway around the area, as well as an information office and a little gift shop.

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  • Huka Falls

    The impressive Huka Falls are famous for the speed and volume of the water rather than the height of the falls. The Waikato river pumps nearly 250,000 litres of water per second through this narrow gorge. The whole area is quite nice, too.

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  • Prawn Farm

    The Prawn Farm in the Wairakei Park is the world's only geothermal prawn farm and it's quite interesting. Guided tours take visitors around to see how prawns grow in aquariums and in outdoor pools, and you can even hand feed young prawns (it's a funny feeling when they take the food out of your hand). Of course, prawn tasting and buying prawns and...

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  • Craters of the Moon

    The "Craters of the Moon" in Wairakei Park is a fascinating area of thermal activity with boiling mud pools and steam vents. The whole place has an eerie feeling about it, because the steam is coming up just about anywhere, and this makes an otherwise ordinary-looking landscape really special.

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  • Crazy Golf at Taupo

    Its not everybody's idea of fun but we had a laugh anyway LOL18 holes of the normal crazy golf stuff such as windmills bridges etc.Good views of the lake and a chance to meet other sad bored people with nothing else to do in the town. :)At least its reasuring to know that your not just the only one.

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  • White water Jet Boating

    Rapids Jet takes you through the biggest rapids for jet boating in New Zealand. The boat is purpose built for the Fuljames Rapids and although you get big Air Time on the way down the Rapids its a really soft landing .On the way up the Rapids you surf in the waves, and you speed through narrow canyons and sensational White water to play in the tail...

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