Loved by the locals: Taupō

Want to see something rather spectacular? Standing around 14 metres above Lake Taupō, the Māori Rock Carvings in Mine Bay...


Paddle to the Mine Bay carvings on Lake Taupō. © Fraser Clements

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Rainbow Point Motel Visit website

Also known as Airport Motel @ Rainbow Point. Quiet & Comfortable Situated close to Taupo's town centre, airport and a short stroll to the edge . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: the great lake

Lake Taupō is actually the drowned caldera of a super volcano, whose eruption in the first century AD caused meteorological effects noted by sky-gazers as far afield as Rome and China. Read the story . . . 

Skydive Taupo Visit website

Skydive from as high as 15,000 ft with 60 seconds of freefall at 200kph. At Skydive Taupo we focus on customer satisfaction and safety in . . . More . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: thermal wonderland

There are still reminders scattered about the Taupō district of the subterranean forces that produced its mighty, first-century eruption and subsequent lake. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Taupo Holiday Resort Visit website

NZ's first swim up bar and cafe in large lagoon thermally heated pool. Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is a destination in itself with a spectacular . . . More . . . 

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Lake Taupō: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about Lake Taupō in this part of the world, where the water’s mood governs the feel of the day: sunny and sparkling, or grey and intense.  Read the story . . . 

Taupo Tandem Skydiving Visit website

Taupo Tandem Skydiving is New Zealand's original skydiving operator and the only Qualmark endorsed drop zone in Taupo. With the widest range of camera options . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Wairakei Resort Taupo

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Huka Falls tracks

Take a scenic walk along the banks of the Waikato River, or explore the many lookout points at Huka Falls, one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Dunrovin Motel Visit website

Welcome to Dunrovin Motel, one of Taupo's original motels. Dunrovin offers clean, comfortable, and economical accommodation for the discerning traveller, family or group of friends. . . . More . . . 

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Four free things to do in Taupō

Taupō has lots of exciting activities on offer but often the best things in life are free.  Read the story . . . 

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Baycrest Lodge Visit website

Look no further than Baycrest Lodge - just a stone's throw from the calm blue shores of the Great Lake. We are proud to be . . . More . . . 

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Four fun things to do in Wairākei

Just outside Taupō, Wairākei is a hotspot of geothermal activity, scenic beauty, crafts and cafés. Read the story . . . 

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Mountain View Motel Visit website

Named Mountain View Motel because 7 of the 11 units have views of Lake Taupo and the Mountains (Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe). . . . More . . . 

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Fishing Aotearoa: exploring an angler’s Eldorado

Less a hobby, more a religion, fishing isn't just a thing to do in New Zealand – it’s THE thing to do. For many anglers, New Zealand is the high church of bent rods and screaming reels.  Read the story . . . 

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