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Taupo town

The Taupo 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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  • Golf

    Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary

    Wairakei lies on 180 hectares of natural rolling countryside, 6460 metres from championship tees with 108 large well placed bunkers and was developed to meet the rigorous design standards required for world-class championship competitions.

    $175 - $230
  • Motels

    EMotel

    eMotel is a contemporary boutique motel perfectly situated beside the main town centre, on a quiet street, opposite a park and with lake views from each room. The Lakefront is only a few hundred metres away. The accommodation is superior luxury.

    $160 - $520 Book now
  • Holiday homes

    Lake Taupo Gem

    Boasting a hot tub, modern kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 x living areas – With TVs, heat-pump/air-conditioning unit, fireplace, Netflix and indoor/outdoor flow to the back yard.

    $230 - $650 Book now
  • Hotels

    Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels

    The Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo offers lake edge accommodation and conference facilities featuring two fully licensed, award-winning restaurants.

    $153 - $400 Book now
  • Holiday parks & campgrounds

    Taupo TOP 10 Holiday Park

    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
  • Motels

    Barrington Motel

    From the moment you arrive, you’ll feel right at home. There is a lot to see and do in the North Island’s central plateau. Barrington Motel provides an ideal base for you to adventure and explore all that Lake Taupō has to offer.

    $99 - $195 Book now
  • Urban attractions

    Hukafalls Jet

    Hukafalls Jet is the only jet boat company permitted to take you to the base of the mighty Huka Falls for unique water-level views! Nothing gets you closer.

    $99 - $139 Book now
  • Motels

    Cottage Mews Motel

    Relaxed and traditional self-contained studios, family cottages and apartments less than a minute's walk from the edge of Lake Taupo. The lake is less than a minute's walk from every unit.

    $130 - $170 Book now
  • Motels

    The Reef Resort - Heritage Collection

    Luxurious and elegant accommodation right on the edge Lake Taupo. Offers a range of studios and one bedroom units, all with spa baths. Plus luxury lakefront apartments. With direct lake access, heated pool and thermal spa pool. Free WiFi and parking.

    $195 - $900 Book now
  • Golf

    Wairakei Resort Taupo 9 Hole Golf Course

    Play a round of 9 hole golf on one of New Zealand's best public golf courses. Golf clubs and trolleys are available for hire, and there is a cafe and 19th Hole bar located on site for post-game refreshment.

    $15 - $25
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