Taupo Region Travel Guide

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Tongariro National Park

Lake Taupo

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  • McDC-3

    Taupo (town) Restaurants

    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...

  • Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels...

    Taupo (town) Hotels

    Good quality accommodation this, with nice rooms, good staff and a great lakeside setting. They...

  • Lone Star

    Taupo (town) Restaurants

    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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  • Skiing, snowboarding & chair lift rides

    Whakapapa Sports & Outdoors

    The skiing is great for all levels at Whakapapa Ski fields. There is a beginners slope for the first and second timers, and more hardcore challenges for those up to it.And those who prefer snowboarding or would like to try it, lessons are offered on site as well.If you prefer a quieter outing, just buy a chair lift pass (without skiis) and enjoy...

  • Golf in Turangi

    Whakapapa Sports & Outdoors

    Most people head for the ski fields of Whakapapa. However, don't forget your golf clubs, as there is a very pleasant golf course in Turangi, 4km from Lake Taupo on its southern side. It is very near the Tongariro National Park. Golf here is quiet and reasonable in price ($20), as everybody is off skiing. It sometimes snow on the golf course during...

  • Car thefts while you are having fun on...

    Whakapapa Warnings and Dangers

    Car thefts and having car windows smashed and your valuables stolen is getting more rampant around holiday areas as thieves know that you will be leaving your car for at least a day or two. Do not keep valuables in the car. Do not offer any temptations, not even a coat or jacket or a bag or groceries. Keep it bare and visually untempting.


Mount Ruapehu

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  • Getting up the Mountain

    Mount Ruapehu Transportation

    On the Western side of Mt Ruapehu, you can drive quite a long way up the mountain from Whakapapa. It's a good road, but of course depends on weather for safety conditions. If there is a lot of snow, you will need chains on your wheels and won't be allowed up without. There is limited parking up the mountain, and various carparks along the way. If...

  • Skotel Alpine Resort Mount Ruapehu

    Mount Ruapehu Hotels

    Ngauruhoe Place Whakapapa Village, , Mount Ruapehu

  • The Mountain

    Mount Ruapehu Favorites

    Mt Ruapehu us a volcanic mountain situated in the central plateau region of the North Island of New Zealand. It's measured height is 2797 metres, and it is home to several skifields. Ruapehu last erupted in a lot of glory, in 1995 and 1995, so it is still very much an ACTIVE VOLCANO! This is an opportunity for those who are keen, to ski on an...



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  • Trekking the "anomalies"

    Waiotapu Things to Do

    The only thing to do around is to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of the colourful lakes, pans and geysers. For security reasons, this is going to be more a mental rather than physical exercise. The palette of different colours might turn you into a contemporary Van Gogh with their exuberance and intensity. The pans offer bubbling hells for...

  • Maori village

    Waiotapu Tourist Traps

    There is a Maori village between Rotorua and Wai-o-tapu. Jokes aside, it was closed!? Probably being a Maori does not pay well during the tourist off-season and they had their bags packed and gone to the city comfort of Rotorua. Whatever the case, this did not instil a firm belief in the vibrant Maori culture. Considering that the region is...

  • Getting there

    Waiotapu Transportation

    Car is the best option. It allows you to visit the environs of Rotorua at your own pace. Wai-o-tapu is about 25km from downtown Rotorua. There is a parking conviniently supplied with security cameras and the warning signs coming with them.



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  • The Talking Pole of Tokoroa (Nga Pou Pou...

    Tokoroa Things to Do

    First unveiled in June 1998, this first of many talking poles erected around Tokoroa, received worldwide publicity.This, the first talking pole, carries the blessing for all future poles and is dedicated to the people of Tokoroa. It tells the story of Ranginui (Sky Father) and Papatuanuku (Earth Mother). It shows the separation of the parents by...

  • Colson's Hill lookout.

    Tokoroa Things to Do

    If you're passing through Tokoroa and need a break,I suggest taking a picnic or buying a lunch to takeaway (local bakery - avoid the big fast food chains!) and drive up to the lookout on Colson's Hill to enjoy the scenery. It's not only peaceful but on a clear day you can see for miles.

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Top Taupo Region Hotels

Taupo (town) Hotels
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Turangi Hotels
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Waiotapu Hotels
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6 March 2013 - Taupo is one of several regions of the North Island of New Zealand that have been declared drought zones. This means we must conserve water, and take care not to light fires. The...