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Walking & hiking

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

Taupo’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 Taupo’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.

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

Walking and hiking trails, tours and guides

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  • Walking & hiking

    Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk - 3 day Guided Hiking Tour

    Take 3 days to hike the spectacular Tongariro Northern Circuit in the Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand.

  • Bus & coach transport

    Mt Ruapehu Snow Shuttles

    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
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Tongariro Guided Walks

    Tongariro Guided Walks offers quality guided walking experiences on tracks in and around the Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's very first World Hertitage site.

    $220 - $495
  • Hiking trails

    Oruatua Walk

    At the mouth of the Tauranga-Taupō River in the small village of Oruatua, there are two easy walking tracks to enjoy the river, the native bush of the reserves and the expansive lake views.

  • Geothermal

    Tokaanu Thermal Walk

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

  • Bus & coach transport

    Scenic Shuttle from Taupo to Mt Ruapehu

    Enjoy a scenic shuttle ride to beautiful Mt Ruapehu - home to New Zealand's newest and longest gondola - The Sky Waka. Experience the breathtaking views of the Tongariro National Park from the top of the gondola! Available year round from Taupo

    $49 - $75 Book now
  • 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.

  • Cycling & mountain biking

    W2K section of the Great Lake Trails

    The W2K section of the Great Lake Trails provides great views across Lake Taupo and back down towards Kinloch, one of the most beautiful lakeside villages in the country.

  • Hiking trails

    Motuoapa Cliff Lookout Walk

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

  • Hiking trails

    Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve Walk

    Perfect for families and just a short drive from Taupo on SH5, explore native bush and discover local history in this scenic and historic reserve.

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