Lake Taupō: the great lake

The biggest lake in Australasia announced its arrival with a bang.


Mount Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe from Lake Taupō. © Jeremy Bright

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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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

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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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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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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Kinloch Golf Course, Taupō

Every hole of the Kinloch Golf Course near Taupō requires strategic thought and patience, thanks to the unique design features incorporated by 18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus. Read the story . . . 

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A Plus Samurai Lodge Visit website

family owned and operated, relaxed, just like home, artists can inspire others A Plus Lodge is in a quiet location in Turangi town area-Tongariro region, . . . More . . . 

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Wairākei Golf Course, Taupō

Wairākei – a golf course in a sanctuary – has to be the quintessential New Zealand golf experience.  Read the story . . . 

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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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Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  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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Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels, Taupo

A luxury Taupo resort with stunning lake views Set on the shores of the country’s largest lake, this is one of Taupo luxury hotels with . . . More . . . 

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Hukafalls Jet Visit website

Hukafalls Jet is the only Jet Boat company permitted to take you to the base of the mighty Huka Falls for unique water-level views. . . . More . . . 

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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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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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