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.

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  • 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
  • Hiking trails

    Silica Rapids

    Silica Rapids is a short easy walk in the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park.

  • Family activities

    Taranaki Falls

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

  • 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.

  • Cultural Attractions

    Backyard Tours

    Nau mai Hāere mai - Welcome to our backyard. Sit back, buckle in and relax as we drive you around Turangi to Tongariro National Park, the first Dual World-Heritage Park. Tours for you in-mind and we can custom transfers to suit. Contact us today!

    $60 - $180
  • Hiking trails

    Hiking to the summit of Mt Tauhara

    The trail to the top of Mt Tauhara is a popular hike with locals and visitors. This 2.5km trail climbs to the summit at 1,088 metres, offering panoramic views over Lake Taupo and the central North Island.

  • Hiking trails

    Motuoapa Cliff Lookout Walk

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

  • Bed & Breakfast

    Tongariro Adventures

    We’d love to host you in our unique part of paradise here at Kuratau, on the southern shores of Lake Taupo, under the majestic mountains of Tongariro National Park. The many wonderful experiences the region has to offer are at our doorstep.

    $145 - $180
  • 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.

  • Cultural Attractions

    Wairua Journey's

    Tēnā Koutou Katoa, Nau mai Hāere mai. Wairua Journey’s greets and welcomes you to experience the uniqueness of personal service provided from your hosts being Authentic local’s from the Maunga Mt Tongariro and of the Awa Whanganui River.

    $260 - $280
  • Walking & Hiking

    Taupo Scenic Walks

    Spend a relaxing day in Taupo’s majestic outdoors as we take you walking and photographing in some of the region’s most stunning locations.

    $230
  • Study/Education

    NZ Student Travel

    We organise, plan and operate small group bus tours for student groups. Whatever your needs for your group travel within New Zealand we can offer complete logistics and full operation of your tour.

    $1,000 - $4,000
  • Hiking trails

    Kiko Loop Track

    This short loop track is a great way for walkers and mountain bikers to experience the variety of nature in the Kaimanawa Forest Park. Highlights include stunning podocarp forest and impressive views 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
  • 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!

  • Jet Boating

    Great Lake Explorer

    The new tour bus in town - Great Lake Explorer is a new shuttle bus service in Taupō taking you to the local attractions in a convenient tour. There are so many great reasons why visitors come to Taupō, and we want to help show you the best of the region by making local transport even easier for you.

    $20
  • Boat Cruises

    Go Explore NZ

    At Go Explore NZ, we offer a variety of adventure tours that will give you a personal and luxurious experience of the Central North Island.

    $295 - $355
  • Urban and Scenic Attractions

    Sweet North - New Zealand Trails

    New Zealand’s cultural heart is in the North Island, where the Maori culture is rich and ever-present, and the bulk of our people live. Discover bubbling thermal wonderlands, impressive forests and stunning lakes on this 5-day adventure.

    $3,699
  • Hiking trails

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rated as the best one-day hike in New Zealand. Trek across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes, all with stunning views.

  • Hiking trails

    Waikato River Walking Track

    This shared-use track starts at the Huka Falls carpark and ends at Otupo Flat.

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