Things to do

What makes Taupō so special? It’s harder to know where to stop than where to start. Spectacular natural landscapes unlike those found anywhere else in the world, including crystal-clear lakes and unique geothermal hot-spots

A huge range of family attractions for adults and kids, adventure and adrenaline activities, as well as peaceful nature-based experiences that will get you back in touch with the real world. A rich cultural history and locals who love to share it with visitors. And beautiful places to stay that range from lakeside camping grounds and award-winning bed and breakfasts to luxury lodges and hotels. All this means there’s never a shortage of things to do and see in Taupō… making it one of the best holiday destinations in New Zealand.

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New Zealand master carver, Matahi Brightwell, has commenced work on a major refurbishment of his iconic Lake Taupō rock carving.

Iconic Māori rock carving to get significant facelift 

Top 10 Taupō Autumn Must Do's

Autumn is the perfect time for walking and biking journeys, long soaks in geothermal hot pools and lakeside wining and dining over lingering golden sunsets late into the night. 

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Family-friendly bike trails around Taupō 

Walking trails in Taupō 

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21 free things to do in Taupō