Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome.

This is Taupō. The heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s beautiful North Island.

At the centre of our region is sparkling Lake Taupō, the great inland sea of New Zealand. As you travel around the lake, you will find every landscape you can imagine. Snow-blanketed winter ski fields and alpine deserts. Ancient forests alive with birdsong. Trout-filled rivers and the thundering Huka Falls. Steaming geothermal valleys with rejuvenating hot springs. Three towering volcanoes in the awesome and otherworldly landscape of Tongariro National Park.

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Discover Taupō's highlights

From New Zealand's largest lake to pristine national parks and thundering waterfalls, there are many beautiful areas to discover in the Taupō region.

Scenic attractions

Huka Falls

At Huka Falls nearly a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupts from a natural gorge and thunders 11m into the Waikato River below. 

Scenic attractions

Pureora Forest Park 

Scenic attractions

Tongariro River 

Scenic attractions

Tongariro National Park 

When to visit Taupō

No matter what the time of year, there is plenty of things to do in the Taupō region. Find out why Taupō is special in every season.

Our towns & villages

The Taupō region’s towns and villages range from a bustling lakeside resort to picturesque villages with photo ready scenery all nestled in the heart of New Zealand's North Island. Find out more about Taupō's accommodation options.

Taupō Town

Taupō town

The Taupō region’s largest town has photo-ready mountain and lake vistas every way you turn, and plenty of things to do. 








Paul Froggatt

Executive chef, Huka Lodge

“Traditional lodge food used to be a soup, a salad, a steak, I’m not here to cook that. I want to give people an experience that they’ve never had before. I’m competing against a million-dollar view and I want the food to shine on its own. I don’t want people just looking down the river as they eat. I want them to look at their plate as well.”

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Our stories


Top 10 Taupō autumn must do's

Autumn is the perfect time for walking and biking journeys, long soaks in geothermal hot pools and lakeside wining and dining over lingering golden sunsets late into the night. 


10 best Taupō autumn hikes 


See Taupō by bike this autumn 


Bike the bridges 

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