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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.

Taupo town

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  • Backpackers & hostels

    Base Taupo

    Base Taupo is a purpose-built luxury budget hostel with an ideal central location and stunning Lake Taupo and mountain views.

    $26 - $100 Book now
  • Motels

    Bay Court Lakefront Motel

    Bay Court Lakefront Motel is situated just across the road from the lake, 1 kilometre from town. Twelve spacious, smoke free units - bedroom, lounge, kitchen and bathroom - some with spa bath.

    $120 - $170
  • Boutique & Lodge

    Fairbairn House

    Fairbairn House sits high above Lake Taupo in the private Grandview Estate at Acacia Bay, Taupo. At 642 metres (2,106 feet) above sea level, the unique elevated position commands extensive and rare views of Great Lake Taupo.

    $240 - $260 Book now
  • Skydiving

    Duck'n'Dive - Rafting and Skydiving

    Experience NZ's finest scenery from the air and on the water! The Duck & Dive combo gives you the chance to skydive and raft in two of the most beautiful spots in the Central North Island.

    $365
  • Bed & breakfast

    The Loft

    An invitation to step into a world full of old-fashioned charm and kiwi hospitality. Just 5 minutes from Taupo township, The Loft is nestled on a hillside above Lake Taupo in picturesque Acacia Bay. There is a great restaurant within walking distance

    $195 - $230
  • Motels

    Anchorage Resort - Heritage Collection

    Located on the shore of Lake Taupo. Luxury studio & 1 bedrooms, family 2 & 3 bedroom apartments. Large outdoor area with heated pools & spa pool, furniture & BBQs. Indoor spa pool and sauna. Free parking, complementary WiFi. Air conditioning.

    $150 - $480 Book now
  • Bed & breakfast

    Hill View HideAway

    My place is a beautiful hideaway looking across a gorgeous rural vista to the lake. Well worth the 10 minutes drive from the hustle and bustle of town!

    $135 - $180 Book now
  • Motels

    Ashbrook Motel

    Ashbrook Motel offers superior accommodation, spacious 1 and 2 bedroom suites in a quiet location yet so close to town and all attractions.

    $125 - $280
  • Motels

    Mountain View Motel

    Eleven unit motel in a quiet location away from the SH1. Only a five minute walk to the lake and a 10 minute walk to the town centre.

    $95 - $265
  • Boutique & Lodge

    The Retreat Luxury Garden Villa

    A stay at The Retreat Luxury Garden Villa will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Tucked away on the beautiful Huka Falls Road, this luxury accommodation provides for a perfect romantic getaway.

    $325 - $475 Book now
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