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Walking & hiking

Nothing brings you closer to Taupō’s unforgettable wilderness than walking through it.

Taupō’s untouched ancient forests and swamplands, impressive geothermal wonderlands, and breath-taking volcanoes are crisscrossed with excellent walking and hiking tracks of all lengths and levels of difficulty. From pleasant lakefront and riverside strolls like the Great Lake Walkway and Huka Falls trails, through to the Tongariro River Trail and Lake Rotopounamu native bush walks ringing with birdsong, to the epic full-day alpine trek known as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which treks across a cratered volcanic moonscape dotted with gemstone-coloured lakes.

Thermal walkways at Craters of the Moon and Orakei Korako expose the power and mystery of the earth’s inner workings in the strange and wonderful landscapes of Taupō’s geothermal areas, and walks in the Pureora Forest Park take you deep into a magical and ancient world of moss covered trees, crystal-clear rivers and melodious birdsong.

Taupō has some of the best walking tracks in New Zealand, all just awaiting the addition of your boot-prints.

Walking and hiking tours and guides

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  • Geothermal

    Tokaanu Thermal Walk

    See steaming hot mineral pools and spluttering mud pools on this short, easy walk.

  • Cycling & mountain biking

    Great Lake Walkway

    Voted New Zealand's Favourite Urban Ride in 2017, the Great Lake Walkway is bike riding at its most basic level — even tots with training wheels will love this ride.

  • Taupo town activities

    Huka Falls Lookout Walk

    Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Waikato River, or simply explore the many lookout points at Huka Falls, one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand - these short, easy walks are great for kids.

  • Hiking trails

    Tama Lakes

    The Tama Lakes track forms part of the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk and is a great alternative to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

  • Hiking trails

    Boyd, Oamaru and Cascade Hut tracks

    You can combine these hiking tracks for a multi-night tramp with lush beech forest, river crossings and wildlife.

  • Hiking trails

    Aratiatia Rapids Lookout Walk

    Several times a day the gates at the Aratiatia dam are opened to release the full flow of the river, a spectacular sight from the lookout points - kids will love it!

  • Hiking trails

    Round the Mountain Track

    The multi-day Round the Mountain Track located in the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park showcases the varied volcanic landscapes and alpine vegetation on the flanks of the active volcano Mount Ruapehu. It's a more remote alternative to the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk and will take you 4 - 6 days.

  • Cycling & mountain biking

    Timber Trail

    The 85km long Timber Trail is a unique mountain bike ride across ancestral Māori lands, taking you deep into the ancient Pureora Forest Park in New Zealand's central North Island.

  • Hiking trails

    Ketetahi Track

    The Ketetahi Track is a section of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. You can get close up views of the active Te Maari craters.

  • Cultural Attractions

    New Zealand Walking Tours - 'Timeless North' - 6 days

    Warmth, water, island vistas, awe inspiring volcanic landscapes and ancient sub-tropical forest make the North Island an intriguing destination. To that, add fine wine, delicious cuisine, and just the right amount of exploring under your own steam.

    $5,999 Book now
  • Biking trails

    Kawakawa section of the Great Lake Trails

    Flowing downhill, stunning wetlands, secluded beaches perfect for a mid-way swim and sweeping views of Lake Taupō are just some of the highlights of the Kawakawa section of the Great Lake Trails.

  • Hiking trails

    Kaimanawa Road short walks

    These two family short easy walks starting from Urchin Campsite at the end of Kaimanawa Road in the Kaimanawa Forest Park are perfect for families.

  • Hiking trails

    Motuoapa Cliff Lookout Walk

    An easy short walk to a lookout point with panoramic views over the southern end of Lake Taupō.

  • Geothermal walkways

    Spa Thermal Park to Huka Falls walk

    Walk along the banks of the Waikato River from the hot springs in Spa Thermal Park to the spectacular Huka Falls.

  • Performing Arts

    The Haka Shop Ltd

    Maori Hangi dinner & Cultural show- Meet the real locals to hear the real stories of our tribal area. The Haka Shop welcomes you! Or take a walk with guide "Snow" or weave a mini kete with our expert weavers.

    $49 - $89 Book now
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    3 day Tongariro Hiking Tour

    Guided hiking tours of Tongariro National Park, including the Tongariro Crossing & Mt Ruapehu Crater Lake. Experienced local guides, spectacular volcanic scenery & great lodgings - an unforgettable walking holiday!

    $1,650 Book now
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Cosy Kiwi Winter 12 Day Tour

    Experience a Kiwi winter wonderland with this 12 day New Zealand tour from favourite destinations such as Rotorua, Tongariro, Abel Tasman, Mount Cook National Park and Milford Sound, Queenstown and Hamner Springs!

    $7,890
  • Family friendly

    Taranaki Falls

    Taranaki Falls is a short easy walk in the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park.

  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Ultimate North Guided Tour - Hiking New Zealand - 8 days

    This kiwi style hiking trip is for those who have a little less time but want to experience the very best that the North Island can offer.

    $2,500 Book now
  • Walking & Hiking

    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Interactive Survival Walks

    Learn basic survival skills within your natural environment with Chris Jolly Outdoors's Interactive Survival Walk. These survival skills, from finding water and food to building shelters, will be handy in any unwanted situations.

    $140 - $360 Book now

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