Tokaanu

At the southernmost tip of Lake Taupō, Tokaanu is a birdspotters paradise set on a stream near the river estuary where the Tongariro River meets Lake Taupō. Five minutes from Turangi, it has the same close access to Tongariro National Park, but in a slightly quieter lakeside setting. 

The historic Tokaanu Wharf reaches out into the lake and is a particularly picturesque spot for an afternoon of fishing, picnicking, birdwatching or swimming.

Its natural thermal springs and mud pools have been used for centuries by Māori for therapeutic bathing, cooking and bleaching harakeke (flax) for weaving.

Today, you can explore Tokaanu Thermal Pools, a public hot pools complex for adults and children, or enjoy the Tokaanu Thermal Walk, a 20-minute bush walk past natural hot pools in sinter basins and spluttering mud pools.

The nearby Steaming Cliffs of Hipaua are also worth a visit to see chimneys of steam floating from the bush-clad hillsides, as New Zealand’s native kahu (harrier hawks) cruise the warm currents in the air.

Tokaanu

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  • Motels

    Oasis Motel

    Oasis has Motels, cabin rooms and campsite, oasis also Hot Natural geothermal pools open 24 hours a day and free when staying, also open to the public at a cost, Oasis has a shop on site and a breakfast restaurant. WiFi internet available.

    $44 - $120
  • Bed & Breakfast

    The Boathouse Tongariro Adventures

    Exclusive use of new, purpose built accommodation comprising a kingsize bed; separate bathroom with shower, vanity unit and loo; 3 seater comfortable, cushioned sofa, high quality furniture and fittings. Exclusive use of own outside area.

    $160 - $180
  • Holiday Homes

    Treetops

    Treetops is a modern 3 bedroom 3 bathroom Omori Holiday Home. Private, sunny and a little unique; if you are looking for something a bit special then Treetops is the place for you.

    $225 - $350
  • Boutique & Lodge

    Wellesley Lodge Pukawa Bay, Taupō

    This grand lodge boasts breathtaking views of Lake Taupo and is just walking distance to the shore. Spacious, elegant and immaculately appointed, this beautiful property is a tranquil and luxurious retreat. 5 private ensuite bathrooms.

    $750 - $1,300
  • Bed & Breakfast

    Lakeview Cottage Bed and Breakfast

    A three bedroom home and Cabin with amazing views overlooking Lake Taupo, in Omori Road in a quiet rural setting offering home away from home facilities to guests. Pet sheep plus a full continental breakfast with eggs from our free range hens.

    $125 - $135
  • Holiday Homes

    Lake Cottage Co

    Lovely lake view 3 bedroom holiday home available. Quiet peaceful surroundings in amongst the bush and birdlife. Stunning views overlooking Pukawa Bay and the lake. 600 meter gentle stroll to the beach. Your superb holiday home.

    $170 - $240
  • Hotels

    Omori Lodge

    Omori Lodge is hidden amongst 24 acres of a native New Zealand bush and rolling hills with panoramic views of Lake Taupo and surrounding country.

    $100 - $250
  • Holiday Homes

    Waipapa Cottage

    Waipapa Cottage is a 3 bedroom Kuratau holiday home with Wi-Fi, lakefront living, and a spa pool. Situated on the pristine southwestern shores of Lake Taupo, this serene holiday spot offers breathtaking, elevated lakefront views!

    $225 - $325