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Great Lake Taupo Bucket List
Chances are, if you’re travelling through the Great Lake Taupo region in New Zealand you’re also ticking off the bucket list. So while you’re here add these must do's to your bucket list.
1. Skydiving in Taupo
This features on everyone’s bucket list somewhere, right? Well you couldn’t have come to a better place for it. Little old Taupo is the world’s premiere home of skydiving. We boast the greatest number of tandem skydives per year anywhere in the world, and are proudly home to New Zealand's original drop zone.
Why here you ask? Because the scenery is incredible. If you go for the 15,000 foot option – that’s a minute of freefall time if you're wondering - you’ll see from the East Coast of New Zealand to the West Coast, and it doesn't get any better than that. Actually it does, Taupo is also the cheapest place in New Zealand to take the plunge. You're out of excuses, so get booking!
2. Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
People come from all corners of the world to tick the iconic, one-day Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike off their must do list. It takes between six and eight hours depending on how fit you are, and treks across active volcanoes, past emerald lakes and back down through stunning native bush.
3. Bungy Taupo - jump off a cliff!
Taupo Bungy has been throwing people off their ledge since 1991. The plunge is 47 metres into the crystal clear waters of New Zealand's longest river the mighty Waikato - making it the country's highest water touch bungy. As they say, ‘why live on the edge when you can jump off?'.
4. Have a soak in one of the Taupo hot pools
This region is a wonderland of New Zealand geothermal activity, so you’ve got to take advantage of it while you’re here. There are a few different spots in Taupo where you can enjoy a hot soak. AC Baths, Wairakei Terraces and Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs offer paid hot pools, or if you’re short on cash from all that skydiving and bungy jumping you can soak in the free ‘hot spot’ in Spa Thermal Park.
5. Visit the Maori Rock Carvings
These epic 14-metre high carvings are hidden from sight around the side of Lake Taupo and are only accessible by water. You can sail, cruise or kayak to get a glimpse of these iconic carvings, and the trip is worth every cent.
6. Get wet
Take a spin in one of Taupo's famous jet boats on the Waikato River - it is a Kiwi invention after all! Or perhaps you'd prefer to experience the full force of the region's rapids, in which case you'll want to try white water rafting your way down the mighty Tongariro River in Turangi. You can also get wet with other water activities in the region such as kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, wakeboarding or simply swimming.
7. Take a picture of McDonalds
No really, we’re being serious. Taupo’s Maccas tops the list as ‘the most unique McDonalds in the world’, so make sure you go and enjoy a Big Mac in their decommissioned DC3 plane. That’s right, you can eat in the plane.