Marvel at the power of water on the Huka Falls to Aratiatia Rapids track

Experience the intense power and energy of water, as the Waikato River is squeezed through dams and rapids in Taupō.


The volume of water passing through Huka Falls is mind-boggling. © Great Lake Taupō

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Creel Lodge Motel & Retreat Visit website

Quiet, affordable relaxing retreat on the river. Trout fishing at its best. Rafting, snow skiing, Tongariro Crossing, kayaking, canoeing, biking, walking and tramping. . . . 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 . . . 

Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park is the ONLY holiday park situated on the shores of the Great Lake Taupo. Nowhere else can you park . . . 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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Great Lake Motel Visit website

Situated on the Lakefront, 2 mins walk to town centre, shops, restaurants. Spacious self-catering one-bedroom (sleep 2-4) and studio (sleep 2-3) units, serviced daily. All smokefree. . . . 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 . . . 

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Wairakei Resort Taupo

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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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Quality Suites Huka Falls Visit website

BE INSPIRED BY A TRULY UNIQUE VENUE FOR ALL OCCASIONS Peaceful, private, relaxed and situated just minutes from Great Lake Taupo; discover Huka Falls Resort . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

AC Baths Taupo Visit website

AC Baths is an all-weather, family friendly, thermally heated pool complex that provides hours of entertainment for visitors and the community. . . . 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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Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort Visit website

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort offers a bed for every budget - from campsites through to luxurious 'Lake Villas'. Located at the gateway to the Thermal . . . 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 . . . 

Waitahanui Lodge Visit website

Whether your'e a fisherman, thrill seeker or just need to relax this is the spot for you Steeped in history, the first lodge was built . . . 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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