Top 10 Things to do in Great Lake Taupo

There are so many things to do in Great Lake Taupo, the heart of New Zealand's North Island. Here's our top 10 picks of must do activities.

Discover the extraordinary Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings

Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings


The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo are one of NZ’s most extraordinary artworks and one of the North Island’s biggest tourist attractions. The carvings can be viewed by taking a scenic cruise, sailing trip or kayaking adventure from Taupo. Find out more about the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings here.

Visit the thundering Huka Falls

Huka Falls


The roar of Huka Falls is mind blowing. It’s where New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, is squeezed through a ravine of hard volcanic rock, and the result is 220,000 litres of water blasting by every second. View the falls from a footbridge right at the very top, or get up close with a boat ride or river cruise. Find out more about Huka Falls here.

Walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing


Known as New Zealand’s best one day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an incredible
journey through volcanic alpine terrain. Descend into the bright green craters known
as the Emerald Lakes, and enjoy views of Mount Ngauruhoe. Find out more about the Tongariro Alpine Crossing here.

Encounter Geothermal Wonders

Geothermal Wonders


Explore the hidden valley of Orakei Korako and admire the geysers and bubbling mud pools, or soak in geothermal waters at Wairakei Terraces. Family fun can be had on the hydroslides at De Bretts Spa Resort and the AC Baths. Find out more about geothermal activities in Great Lake Taupo here.

Experience Adrenalin Sports

Skydiving in Great Lake Taupo


Great Lake Taupo is the adventure capital of New Zealand's North Island, with skydiving, bungy jumping, white water rafting, jet boating and parasailing. See the volcanoes as you jump out of a plane at 15,000 feet. Find out more about adventue activities here.

Ski, Ride and Play in the Snow

Whakapapa Ski Area


A short drive or shuttle ride away from Taupo and Turangi, go skiing, snowboarding or touch snow for the first time at Whakapapa Ski Area. There’s elevator access to the beginner slopes and exciting volcanic terrain for the advanced skier. Find out more about the North Island Ski Areas here.

Learn Maori Culture

The Haka Shop


Create your own hangi feast with Kai Waho native experiences, be welcomed with a spine-tingling Maori cultural performance and learn flax weaving with The Haka Shop, or head out on a Maori cultural scenic cruise with Chris Jolly Outdoors.

Cycle the Great Lake Trail

Great Lake Trail


Mountain bike along the forested shores of Lake Taupo and admire the volcanic views from the Great Lake Trail. A water taxi links the sections, and the trail heads are easily reached by road from Taupo. Tread Routes, Four B, Chris Jolly Outdoors and Adventure Shuttles offer guided rides and shuttles. Find out more about the Great Lake Trail here.

Catch a Trout

Trout fishing on Lake Taupo


Lake Taupo and the many rivers in the region, particularly the Tongariro River, have some of the best trout fishing in the world. Fly fish on the rivers with or without an expert fishing guide, and enjoy lake fishing all year round on board a private charter or scheduled cruise. Find out more about trout fishing here.

Play at two International Marque Gold Courses

Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary


Free draining pumice soil keeps the region’s two international marque golf courses dry and playable all year round. Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary is a unique home to endangered species, and The Kinloch Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Find out more about golfing in Great Lake Taupo here.
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