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.

Discover what makes people love Taupō.

Discover Taupo's highlights

Scenic attractions

Huka Falls

You’ll hear the Huka Falls well before you see the waterfall – it’s the sound of nearly a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupting from a natural gorge and thundering 11m into the Waikato River below. 

Scenic attractions

Pureora Forest Park 

Scenic attractions

Tongariro River 

Scenic attractions

Tongariro National Park 

What's On

There's always something happening in Taupō. Check out our upcoming events and annual events.

Deals

  • Adrift Tongariro Guiding

    Premium Tongariro Alpine Crossing package

    Experience New Zealand’s best day one-day walk. Package includes professional alpine guide/s, transport, lunch, $40 of clothing and footwear hire.

    NZD $ 255pp Terms & conditions apply More info 
  • Family Tongariro National Trout Centre Pass

    2 x Adults entry and 2 x Kids Fishing passes. Kids fishing gear & instructor included. Fillet & wood smoke your catch afterwards!

    NZD $84 - save 30% Valid during school holidays. Fishing is strictly 5-16 yr olds. More info 
  • Taupō Tandem Skydive

    Valentine's Day Skydive Special

    Be bold this Valentine's Day! Skydive from 18,500 ft and save $100 when you purchase a Selfie Camera Package. You’ll capture every scream and every smile while freefalling for up to 75 seconds.

    $100 off T&Cs: $100 off only valid with 18,500 ft skydive Ace or Pro camera packages. Not valid with any other offer. Promotion runs from 3-17 Feb. More info 

Our towns & villages

Taupō Town

Taupō town

The Taupō region’s largest town is a bustling lakeside resort in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island. The town has photo-ready mountain and lake vistas every way you turn, and plenty of things to do. 

Mangakino

Mangakino 

Kinloch

Kinloch 

Turangi

Turangi 

Our stories

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Must do's in Taupō

To help you plan your trip, here's a list of the best Taupō attractions and activities based on TripAdvisor reviews. 

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How do I pronounce Taupō? 

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The insider’s guide to food and wine in Taupō 

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The insider’s guide to Taupō’s art and culture scene 

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