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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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  • Hiking trails

    Motuoapa Cliff Lookout Walk

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

  • Walking & hiking

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Guided Walks

    Take a guided walk through native bush around the stunning Lake Taupo region or the Tongariro National Park.

    $300 - $1,000 Book now
  • Hiking trails

    Lake Rotopounamu Track

    Nestled on the side of Mt Pihanga, Lake Rotopounamu (‘greenstone lake’) is a special favourite of tree lovers and birdwatchers.

  • Hiking trails

    Pukawa Bay Walks

    Walk through ancient forest, experience spectacular lake vistas, and enjoy constant birdsong on a variety of walks on the southwestern shores of Lake Taupō.

  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Mountain shuttle

    We offer a one way Tongariro Alpine Crossing shuttle service hourly from the Tongariro shuttle car park at the finish point of the hike to the starting point Mangatepopo.

    $25 - $35 Book now
  • Tongariro National Park

    Adrift: Guided sunset walk on Tongariro National Park

    Join Adrift on a 2 hour guided sunset walk on the Tongariro National Park.

    $115 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 Taupo are just some of the highlights of the Kawakawa section of the Great Lake Trails.

  • Hiking trails

    Summit of Mt Tauhara

    The trail to the top of Mt Tauhara is a popular hike with locals and visitors. This 2.8km trail climbs to the summit at 1,088 metres, offering panoramic views over Lake Taupō and the central North Island.

  • Hiking trails

    Mt Urchin Track

    Mount Urchin offers an easily accessible wilderness of beautiful beech forest, incredible views and a real alpine environment.

  • Walking & hiking

    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular tramping tracks, and is considered the most popular one-day alpine hikes in New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’ – a must do in this area.

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