Attractions & Must Dos

If you like beautiful scenery, adventure and the great outdoors you’ve come to the right place!

Snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear waters, raging rapids, thermal hot springs and lush greenery are just some of the incredible natural attributes in Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand. 

These are the absolute must do things to see and do while you are visiting the Great Lake Taupo region of New Zealand.


If you are after a more relaxed holiday try some of Taupo’s more leisurely activities. Wander through some of our great activity centres with the kids or relax and unwind at one of our luxurious day spas. Take a scenic flight, a guided tour or just kick back and enjoy some sumptuous wine and cuisine at anyone of Taupo’s gorgeous scenic locations. If you prefer a little retail therapy Taupo’s boutique shopping for designer clothing, homewares and art is one the region’s true pleasures.

Arts & Culture

Great Lake Taupo has a proud history and heritage. Enjoy a delicious Hangi night with a Kapa Haka demonstration or stroll through our local galleries. Some fine examples of Maori cultural artwork and the award winning Pure Ora Garden are situated at the Taupo Museum and there are boutique galleries around the region showcasing locally produced art for every taste. 

Cruising and Fishing

Take in Taupo’s unspoilt environment by boat. Picnic on an isolated beach, visit the Maori Rock Carvings, fish for trout in the lake or just enjoy a beer onboard while drinking in the views. If you are looking for more of a challenge the Tongariro River is Great Lake Taupo’s main spawning river and world famous for its trout fishing

Walks & Hikes

There are so many trails in the Great Lake Taupo region so why not take a leisurely stroll along the lake front or stock up for a multi-day hike in a national park. Find out more on our Walking & Hiking page.


The Great Lake Taupo region has some world-class road cycling and mountain biking tracks on offer. Craters of the Moon is the most popular spot for mountain biking, with around 40kms of tracks. The tracks are well signposted, so you won’t end up lost – although if you do a friendly local will sort you out anyway – and there is a map in the carpark, or pick your own copy up from the Taupo i-SITE for just a few dollars. Find out more about biking in Great Lake Taupo here.

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