Why Visit Great Lake Taupo?

There are so many reasons why you should visit the Great Lake Taupo region. We’ll just let a few of these Great Lake Taupo facts entice you. See you here soon.

Visit Great Lake Taupo for ADVENTURE

With more than 30,000 jumps per year, Great Lake Taupo is the skydiving capital of the world, with the largest commercial drop zone and best value in New Zealand.

Jet boating to the base of New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction – Huka Falls, or over rapids on the Waikato River – is just like rafting in a jet boat.

Taupo has the only water-touch bungy in New Zealand over the Waikato River.

Ski at Whakapapa Ski Area, the largest ski field in New Zealand, situated on Mt Ruapehu, an active volcano. Enjoy après-ski at the highest café in New Zealand.

The Great Lake Taupo area is home to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - rated as ‘the best one day trek in New Zealand’ and listed by many as one of the 'top 10 day treks in the world'. Hike through the ‘Land of Mordor’ and you can even pay homage to Mt Doom (Mt Ngauruhoe). 

Visit Great Lake Taupo for NATURE

Taupo is home to the majestic Huka Falls, the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand.

Lake Taupo is the largest fresh water lake in the southern hemisphere – bigger than the size of Singapore, or 19 times Norfolk Island.

Turangi is the trout fishing capital of the world and home of the Tongariro National Trout Centre and hatchery.

Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary is New Zealand’s only world class golf course with an eco-sanctuary, where kiwi chicks are raised in conjunction with the Department of Conservation.

Visit Great Lake Taupo for BIKING

Mountain bike the Great Lake Trail or the Waikato River Trail, one of New Zealand’s great rides. There are over 200km of mountain biking trails throughout the area of Lake Taupo and the free draining pumice soil makes it a year-round biking destination.

The Great Lake Taupo region is home to two of the biggest biking events on the annual cycling calendar - the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, which attracts 10,000 + participants riding 160km round the lake, and the 12 hour Taupo Day Night Thriller which attracts 3,000 mountain bikers.

Visit Great Lake Taupo for CULTURE

Tongariro National Park was the first place in the world to be listed as a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site for its landscape and cultural values. There are only a few places in the world that have dual UNESCO World Heritage status.

Enjoy a kayak on Lake Taupo to view the 10m tall Maori Rock carvings.

Wairakei Terraces - home of the world’s only replica of the famous “Pink and White Terraces”. The on-site spa uses the silica-rich waters, renowned amongst Maori for their healing and therapeutic properties.

Visit Great Lake Taupo for LUXURY

There is nothing more luxurious than Huka Lodge, one of the top 5 luxury lodges in the world. Previous guests include The Queen and Elton John. 

Stay in Hilton Lake Taupo, the region's only 5 star international hotel. The original Terraces Hotel forms the Heritage Wing of the hotel and has been an iconic landmark since 1889.

If you'd like to learn more, visit Taupo town and find the Taupo iSite where you'll find all the help you need.

Visitor Guide 2018

Everything you need to know about things to do and places to stay in Great Lake Taupo.

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