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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  • Biking

    Waikato River Trails

    Mountain bikers can explore a series of trails along New Zealand's longest river - the mighty Waikato River. The trails cover about 100 kilometres of previously inaccessible Southern Waikato land from Lake Karapiro to the Atiamuri Dam.

  • Hiking trails

    Ketetahi Track

    The Ketetahi Track is a section of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. You can get close up views of the active Te Maari craters.

  • 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
  • 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

    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 Taupo and the central North Island.

  • Family activities

    Taranaki Falls

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

  • Hiking trails

    Waikato River Walking Track

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Bus/Coach Transport

    Ketetahi One Way Shuttle for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Cheapest option to get to the crossing is the Ketetahi car park one way shuttle to the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We now pick up from the Tongariro Shuttle car park across the road from Ketetahi.

    $35
  • Biking

    W2K section of the Great Lake Trail

    The W2K section of the Great Lake Trail provides great views across Lake Taupō and back down towards Kinloch, one of the most beautiful lakeside villages in the country. The native bush creates a feeling of being far from civilisation, despite the fact that this is the most accessible section of the Great Lake Trail.

  • Walking & Hiking

    Tongariro Lodge Activities

    Tongariro Lodge makes the perfect base to enjoy the World Heritage Tongariro National Park and are experts at arranging Heli-Hiking,Guided Walks and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing .

    $200 - $1,500
  • 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.

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