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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  • Wineries

    Real Kiwi Tours Limited

    I offer fantastic day tours for small groups of 2 - 6 people. My tours range from 3 - 8 hours long and are aimed at taking the hassle out of travelling, so that you get to enjoy the sights with interesting commentary from a Kiwi local. Safe and sound

    $99 - $548
  • Hiking trails

    Silica Rapids

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

  • 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!

    $1,590 Book now
  • Cultural Attractions

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures (TKA) specialises in guided scenic tours and trips on Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest fresh water lake, rivers, streams, walking and mountain biking tracks and trails in the Great Lake Taupo Region.

    $65 - $400 Book now
  • Adventure

    Tongariro Northern Circuit

    Explore the volcanic heart of Tongariro National Park through a landscape of stark glacial contrasts and alpine views. Discover diverse landscapes ranging from mountain beech forest, tussock country and sculptured sands and volcanic rock on this 3 - 4 day Department of Conservation Great Walk.

  • 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.

  • Biking

    Great Lake Trail

    On the shores of Lake Taupō lies an epic mountain biking adventure. What began as a pipe dream for a crew of local trail builders has evolved into the stunning Great Lake Trail, a 71km mountain biking and walking journey that will take you deep into the native bush surrounding the beautiful Lake Taupō.

  • Custom Transfers

    Base Camp Shuttle to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Base Camp is a car park between the beginning and end of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, just in front of the Tongariro Holiday Park. Park your car, hire your gear and use our shuttle for your return transport to the crossing.

    $35 Book now
  • 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.

  • Biking trails

    Tongariro River Trail

    The Tongariro River Trail is a scenic looped ride along both sides of the Tongariro River in Turangi.

  • Bus/Coach Transport

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Let us take you on a journey to experience for yourself the world famous and spectacular Tongariro Alpine Crossing trek. This is a door to door service that will ensure you have one of the greatest days of your life

    $25 - $70 Book now
  • Hiking trails

    Mt Urchin Track

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

  • Hiking trails

    Link Road to Mount Pureora track

    This track is the shortest route to the top of Mount Pureora. On a clear day walkers are rewarded with views across Lake Taupō, the Mamaku Ranges, Mount Taranaki, and Mount Ruapehu.

  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Geothermal Walk and Waterfall (Squeeze) Trip

    Wander through the hidden valley of Orakei Korako exploring gushing geysers, hot springs & bubbling mud pools. Kayak down the Waikato River, maneuver through ‘The Squeeze’ & emerge at a warm waterfall. End the day with a hot cuppa at Orakei Korako.

    $235 Book now
  • 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.

  • Biking trails

    Kawakawa section of the Great Lake Trail

    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 Trail.

  • Hiking trails

    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.

  • Boat Cruises

    Go Explore NZ

    At Go Explore NZ, we offer a variety of guided full day tours that will give you a personal experience of the Central North Island.

    $180 - $230 Book now
  • 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 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