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Love this place. Love Taupō. Aroha ki tēnei wāhi. Arohaina Taupō.
The Taupo region is situated in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand and is easily reached by a short flight from Auckland or Wellington, or an easy drive from the North Island’s six largest cities.
At the centre of our region is the sparkling Lake Taupo, the great inland sea of New Zealand. Travelling around the lake reveals every kind of landscape you can imagine – snow-blanketed winter ski fields and alpine deserts, ancient forests alive with birdsong, trout-filled rivers and the thundering Huka Falls.
Our steaming geothermal valleys with rejuvenating hot springs are a unique feature of the region, as are the three towering volcanoes in the awesome and otherworldly landscape of Tongariro National Park.
Visitors are often drawn to the region by its phenomenal range of outdoor activities which include white water rafting, bungy jumping, skydiving, jet boating, mountain biking, hiking, trout fishing, golf, scenic cruises and water sports (swimming, sailing, parasailing, water skiing, wakeboarding).
There is also plenty to do for those who prefer more of a relaxed visit.
Taupo has a cosmopolitan town centre full of cafes, restaurants and bars serving gourmet food, excellent coffee (often locally roasted), locally brewed craft beers and wine, and organic and free-range local produce.
The streets are lined with boutiques shops, craft galleries, art sculptures and New Zealand’s largest collection of street art created during the annual Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival. Families enjoy the many public spaces and one of the country’s best children’s playgrounds.
Around the region you will find many peaceful lake and riverside towns, villages and settlements, such as Turangi, Mangakino, Kinloch, Kuratau and Omori. These quintessential New Zealand hideaways offer an escape from the ordinary where time passes slowly and days are spent exploring and discovering local secrets.