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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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  • Maori culture

    Opotaka Historic Reserve

    Opotaka is a historical Māori pa site (fortified village) where you can learn about the history of the famous Ka Mate Haka, see the remains of the Māori settlement, and enjoy spectacular views across Lake Rotoaira to Mt Tongariro.

  • 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.

  • Cycling & mountain biking

    Waihaha Hut Track

    The Waihaha Hut Track is set in native forest within the Pureora Forest Park on the western side of Lake Taupo. The bike track follows the beautiful Waihaha River up to the Waihaha Hut which is set in a clearing overlooking the river.

  • Walking & Hiking

    Don't Cross the Ladies - Hiking New Zealand - 5 days

    Be treated to a diverse wilderness experience as you travel the North Island. Discover the underground at Waitomo, explore the geothermal delights of Rotorua, hike the shores of the gorgeous lakes in this region and hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    $2,150 Book now
  • Heritage Attractions

    Tongariro National Trout Centre

    Discover the world of freshwater Trout. Come and learn about the freshwater habitat of Trout. Take your Kids Fishing. We have a Kids Pond that is great for catching a trout. Book now to avoid disappointment.

    $15
  • Cultural Attractions

    Kakariki 16 Day North & South Island Tour

    Experience country life and leisurely touring on this small group tour traveling from the North to South Island. From the beautiful Bay of Islands & Maori culture in the North to the lakes, mountains and fiords of the South, you won't miss a thing.

    $9,190 - $11,290
  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Biking trails

    Headland Loop - Great Lake Trails

    The Headland Loop starts and finishes on the W2K trail at the top of the headland between Kinloch and Whakaipo Bay. This extension of the W2K is a must do if you love flowing singletrack.

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