Taupo is a vibrant community with a buzzing cafe and restaurant scene, varied nightlife and some great pubs and lounge bars. The outdoor lifestyle is second to none here with easy access to the bush, lake and mountains.
Centrally located on SH1, Lake Taupo covers an area from Orakei Korako in the north, to Tongariro National Park in the south. You'll be impressed with the scenery and amazed at the holiday options available. You'll find snow capped mountains, an enormous fresh water lake, pristine native bush, steaming thermal areas and one of the world's only dual World Heritage Park.
Get out on the lake and catch a trout. Visit two of the best vantage points along the Waikato River, Lake Taupo's only water outlet and the longest river in New Zealand, for some serious fast-moving water action. The Huka Falls are the country's most visited natural attraction, and can be visited by car, foot, bike, jet-boat, riverboat or helicopter, accessed off SH1.
Eat alfresco on the lakefront while taking in the spectacular views and watch the sun sink behind the mountains. Or, dine at one of the many award winning cafes and restaurants
Lake Taupo is the site of the world's largest eruption in the last 5,000 years. The results of its earth shattering creation can be seen everywhere with active volcanoes, spetacular steaming cliffs, geysers, boiling lakes, bubbling mudpools and floating rocks called pumice. Visit Karapiti (Craters of the Moon), Orakei Korako Thermal Park or any one of the significant geothermal sites in the region. Take advantage of this unique quality and take a soak in the hot mineral pools at the Taupo Hot Springs or the Taupo Aquatic Centre.
Taupo is blessed with five golf courses in close proximity, from a nine hole resort course to the world class Wairakei International Golf Course. Enough to keep keen golfers active for at least a week.
There's plenty to do and see but make sure you take time to just sit back and take in the scenery