The heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s North Island, Taupō is a place of extraordinary natural beauty – a vast, sparkling lake, trout-filled rivers, ancient forests, steaming geothermal zones and towering snow-blanketed mountains

With welcoming resort towns, lakeside villages and world-class luxury lodges to stay in, adventure, discovery and wonder lie just outside every door.


Zhi Yuen Yap

Pathologist, alpine guide, photographer

“They say a photograph tells 1000 words, but for me, a photograph only tells part of the story. When you look at a photograph, you are missing out on the sensation of the area, being out there in the cold and the wind. The satisfying way your crampons stick on the ice. There is a lot that you can never capture in a photograph.”

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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. 

Taupō Moana - the great inland sea 

The story behind the creation of the Mine Bay Māori rock carvings 


Family-friendly bike trails around Taupō