Taupo Walks & Hikes

With a backdrop of mountains, lakes and forests you can expect some great short and long walks in Great Lake Taupo. Further out of town tracks and trails go through diverse areas of remarkable beauty; alpine terrain, lake and river trails, geothermal wonderlands and areas of significant historic importance.

To the south of Lake Taupo lies New Zealand’s first national park and noted World Heritage Area, Tongariro National Park. This park is home to the iconic Tongariro Alpine Crossing, celebrated as a one of the best hikes in the world. The neighbouring area of Mt Ruapehu also offers stunning alpine walking trails.

Pureora Conservation Park lies on the western side of the lake and is home to rare bird life including the shy Kaka, sometimes referred to as the bush parrot. Towards the east are the vast Kaimanawa Ranges, home to ancient Beech forests.

One thing is for certain, whatever your experience level or passion, there are walks around Taupo to suit you, and what better way to explore nature’s ultimate playground than by foot.

Download a guide to the 10 Great Lake Walks in the Taupo Region


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