Great Lake Taupo Regions

The Great Lake Taupo region is one of the world’s most unique and picturesque areas. It is defined geographically by an ancient volcanic landscape, the largest freshwater crater lake in Australasia, geothermal attractions, and the mountains and ski areas of Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage National Park.
Great Lake Taupo is a popular year-round tourist destination. Visitors come to discover the postcardlike scenery as well as the huge range of adventure and adrenalin activities on offer like bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, whitewater rafting and mountain biking.
Many of the region’s activities are centered on and around Lake Taupo and the Tongariro River, including scenic cruises, kayaking adventures, sailing trips, parasailing, jet skiing, trout fishing and boating.
The region is home to more of New Zealand’s best visitor attractions than any other region. This list of must-see attractions includes:
  • Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction
  • Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings, one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary contemporary Maori artworks
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s best one-day walk
  • Taupo Fishery, New Zealand’s best trout fishery

The beautiful and charming townships of Taupo, Turangi and Mangakino and the dual World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park offer visitors plenty of attractions and activities to satisfy all tastes while providing a backdrop worthy of any postcard.

Visitor Guide 2017

Everything you need to know about activities, accommodation, shopping and dining in Great Lake Taupo.

Free Guide

All you need to know when backpacking around our region

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