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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.

The crystal-clear freshwater of Lake Taupo draws visitors to the town’s boutique and luxury lodges, lakeside hotels, motels and guest accommodation year-round, to swim and sunbathe, kayak, fish, enjoy family activities or soak up the atmosphere in the town’s many lakeside restaurants and bars.

In Taupo town centre, the streets are lined with boutique shops, cafes, craft galleries, art sculptures, public spaces and one of the country’s best children’s playgrounds. Further out, there are national and forest parks, natural hot springs, and adventure activity bases, including whitewater rafting, sky-diving and bungy-jumping.

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  • Weddings

    Fairbairn House

    Fairbairn House offers a unique country hilltop location for a garden wedding. With extensive views over Taupo and the Great Lake, this large property has extensive lawns, gardens, patios and decks to cater for approx 50-100 guests.

    $1,500 - $5,000 Book now
  • Miscellaneous Madness

    Taupo Virtual Reality Lounge

    Perfect for rainy days. Tucked in the back room of Bed's R Us on Gascoigne St, is Taupo's first VR Lounge. Walking through the doors transforms to a really cool, and cosy LED lounge. We will help you on your VR from the moment you arrive.

    $25 - $65
  • Holiday Homes

    Taupō Treetops Lakestay

    Set in a private conservation estate, Taupo Treetops Lakestay is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature - clarity of air, garden, bush, birdsong, lakeside walks, spectacular liquid gold and cranberry sunsets.

    $395 - $555 Book now
  • Bed & Breakfast

    Tauhara Sunrise Lodge

    Welcome to Tauhara Sunrise Lodge, boutique bed & breakfast and 5 star accommodation overlooking Lake Taupo, township of Taupo and Mount Tauhara. Come & experience our private boutique bed & breakfast, where you can come home to relax and unwind.

    $250 - $450 Book now
  • Gardens

    Off Road Segway Experience

    Go from Beginner to Pro, starting out with learning how to ride and control your segway, before circling and weaving in and out of the trees, up and down slopes. A great option for families and groups. Upgrades to Thermal Safari, subject to avail

    $75
  • Holiday Homes

    Tui Glen Boutique Holiday Accomodation

    Tui Glen is affordable luxury holiday home with private gardens and expansive views located on the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo. A great base as you visit the many central north island attractions.

    $200 - $400
  • Bus/Coach Transport

    InterCity Taupo

    Get bus fares from just $1 (plus booking fee)on New Zealand's largest transport network. InterCity operates a fleet of modern comfortable air-conditioned buses with daily services nationwide.

    $1 - $120 Book now
  • Motels

    Sails on the Lake

    Sails On The Lake is located just across the road from the main swimming beach on Lake Taupo and most of our rooms have spectacular views of the lake and the mountains beyond. We are just a short drive or stroll to the town centre

    $165 - $480
  • Motels

    Chelmswood Motel Taupō

    Chelmswood Motel Taupo is a Tudor style complex consisting of 36 units (24) with their very own Genuine Thermal Mineral pools, located at the southern entrance to Taupo with beautiful views of Lake Taupo.

    $110 - $399 Book now
  • Holiday Parks

    All Seasons Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels Taupo

    A great kiwi holiday spot with a natural thermal plunge pool and a good range of accommodation. A super base to explore the Aratiatia Rapids or Mt Ngauruhoe also known as "Mt Doom". Both attractions feature in the Lord of the Rings films.

    $20 - $154 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd

    Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd offer skippered trout fishing charters and scenic cruises on Lake Taupo, New Zealand aboard our charter boats Bravado III and Te Arani II operating out of Taupo Boat Harbour.

    $160 - $340
  • Cycling

    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Guided Biking

    Take a tour of the Biking Capital of New Zealand with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Lake Taupo offers some of the most stunning scenic bike trails, and a guided bike tour is the perfect way to enjoy the experience..

    $300 - $500 Book now
  • Custom Transfers

    Backyard Tours Tongariro Alpine Crossing Turangi transfers

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing – transport vans depart Turangi, and Backyard Tours Private Carpark SH46, providing round-trip transfers. Naturally includes our Māori blessing, Photo, local sharing of knowledge and stories, and free drink at end. Book Now.

    $40 - $70 Book now
  • General Travel

    VentureOut Limited

    We co-create individual itineraries, primarily for self-drivers. With our local knowledge we help you personalize your journey with relevant information, maps and recommendations. This saves you time during the planning stage and enhances your stay.

  • Adventure Travel

    Rafting New Zealand Adventure Centre

    The Rafting New Zealand Adventure Centre is the ultimate travellers Hub. With only Taupo's best activity providers promoted you are guaranteed a great time! Also home to the 6D "real" adventure cinema.

  • Backpackers

    Taupō Urban Retreat

    Urban is a top rated hostel in New Zealand with a fantastic central location, free Wi-Fi and Internet and a sociable guest bar with cheap drinks everyday. Come and enjoy our fun and relaxed atmosphere!

    $20 - $100 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Pinnacle Charters

    Fishing on Lake Taupo at its best or a scenic cruise with friends at your pace, indulge yourself aboard K2. Let Pinnacle Charters share our knowledge and years of boat fishing Lake Taupo for big trout and your safety, enjoyment and fishing success.

    $25 - $200
  • Scenic Flights

    INFLITE Experiences Taupo - Food & Wine

    Treat yourself and a special someone to a breathtaking flight over iconic Taupo sights, Choose from a range of Food & Wine experiences with INFLITE Experiences Taupo including the Ultimate Taupo Hilton Fly & Dine.

    $231
  • Bus/Coach Transport

    Mt Ruapehu Snow Shuttle

    Hiking? Skiing or snowboarding? Sightseeing? Come and enjoy Mt Ruapehu in winter! Perfect for solo travelers, couples, families or small groups. Door to door premium service with the most experienced drivers. Less stress, no parking issues, more fun!

    $59 Book now
  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Full Day Tour

    If you're looking for a longer day experience kayaking on the water, this is the trip for you. Allow approximately 6 hours (4 - 5 hours on the water).

    $225 - $265 Book now
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