Taupo Walks & Hikes

If walking or hiking is your thing, you’re in the right place. The Taupo district boasts some of the best walks and hiking trails in the world. With a backdrop of mountains, lakes and forests you can expect some great short and long walks, as well as overnight or multi-day options. Further out of town tracks and trails go through diverse areas of remarkable beauty; alpine terrain, lake and river trails through to areas of geothermal and 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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