Drive to Taupo

The drive to Great Lake Taupo takes you through a land of dramatic changing landscapes.

Great Lake Taupo is situated at the crossroads of State Highway One (SH1) and the Thermal Explorer Highway. SH1 is the country's main highway for road travel, connecting Auckland to Wellington. The Thermal Explorer Highway is the Central North Island's scenic touring route, starting at Auckland and ending at Napier. Along the highway you'll get to see captivating landscapes, geothermal activity, crystal clear lakes and streams, Maori culture and many wineries.

A selection of suggested itineraries has been put together to help you plan your New Zealand holiday around Taupo. Explore Central North Island touring routes.

Driving Times & Directions
(Google Maps)

Auckland to Taupo

Wellington to Taupo 

 The following routes are from other main North Island city centres:

You can also grab a Taupo map and hire a rental car or take a taxi or shuttle/tour.

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