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Thousands of litres of water are released from the dam creating a spectacular flow of water. Summer: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm. Winter: 10am, 12pm, 2pm.
Taupo is home to six beautiful Gardens of Significance as recognised by the New Zealand Gardens Trust, including the 6-star Anacapri garden.
View 220,000l of water per second hurtling through a narrow chasm over the stunning Huka Falls. Walking and biking trails surround the falls.
Voted New Zealand's Favourite Urban Ride 2017. 10-kilometre paved trail from Taupo Harbour to Five Mile Bay. An easy grade 1 accessible trail.
Stop at the Tokaanu Historic Wharf for a picture-perfect photo, where black swans, and native birds gather in the calm lake shallows.
Swim in Lake Maraetai at Mangakino and have fun jumping from the 17m floating pontoon which features a 1.5m bomb tower and slide.
Drive 160kms around spectacular Lake Taupo via the Western Bays and SH1. There are beautiful picnic and swimming spots along the way.
See steaming hot mineral pools and spluttering mud pools on this short, easy walk. Located adjacent to the Tokaanu Thermal Pools.
The Joan Williamson Rose Gardens in the South Tongariro Domain are home to over 500 beautiful, fragrant rose bushes.
Discover 12 sculptural installations around Taupo town. Many works reflect local landscapes and the spiritual connection to Maori.
Walkers and mountain bikers can explore a series of beautiful riverside trails. Cross a 70-metre suspension bridge over the Mangakino Stream.
Stroll through native bush on this scenic lakeside trail to Whakamoenga Point, where you will find flat volcanic rocks perfect for picnicking and swimming.
Located in Spa Thermal Park, the kids Pump Track is loads of fun for all ages. Those with more experience can hit the jump park.
Tee off for your chance to win $10,000! Land a hole in one on the floating pontoon and you could be in the money.
Explore Taupo’s vibrant art and craft culture. Discover painting, woodwork, ceramic, jewellery, glass and pottery studios.
85-acre reserve containing alpine and native plants, azaleas and camellias. Short walks, picnic spots and impressive views.
Order fish and chips at the local Kinloch Store and eat on the beach, while the kids explore the public beach library and toybox shed.
Immerse yourself in steam clouds as you stroll through an active geothermal field with boardwalk and viewing platforms. Wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Head out on a hiking adventure within one of the regions forest and national parks and stay overnight in a DOC hut. Camping gear and provisions required.
Taupō has some of the best walking and cycling trails in New Zealand from family friendly lakeside cruising to journeys deep into ancient native forest.