Summer in Great Lake Taupo

Summer
 December to February
Temperatures between 18°C and 30°C

Great Lake Taupo comes alive during the summer months. The sun rises early and sets late, giving us long days to fill with adventures. Stroll along the lakeside, get out on the water on a scenic cruise, skim stones, make pumice sculptures and watch boaties go by. 
Enjoy fresh local cuisine and craft beer at one of the lakefront bars and restaurants, watch the sun setting over the lake and soak up the relaxing holiday vibe in our outdoor paradise.

Cooling down in Lake Taupo


Dominated by New Zealand's largest lake, the Great Lake Taupo region is a haven for holidaymakers.
Summer is the perfect time to explore the waterways, whether it's an adrenalin fix on a jet boat, whitewater raftingparasailing or a relaxing scenic cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings.

Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings


The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo have been hailed as some of the most extraordinary contemporary carvings New Zealand has ever seen.
Only accessible by water, the main carving towers 14-metres above the deep water of the lake and is flanked by several smaller carvings.
Visit them by booking a sailing trip, a scenic cruise or a floatplane adventure through the Taupo i-SITE.

Bike riding on the Great Lake Walkway


Great Lake Taupo is the biggest riding hub of the North Island with a huge range of trails suitable for all levels.
From laid back fun on the lakefront Great Lake Walkway to easy family rides on the Tongariro River Trail or a multi-day adventure on the stunning Great Lake Trail, this is the perfect place to base yourself for your next riding adventure.
The region also has over 50km of single track riding at Craters Mountain Bike Park, and a pump track and dirt jump park at Spa Park.

Hiking in the Tongariro National Park


Just across the lake is the stunning volcanic landscape of Tongariro National Park

Walk amongst the gods on the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, complete the Tongariro Northern Circuit or enjoy one of the Park’s shorter walks like Lake Rotopounamu, starting just 15 minutes from Turangi.

From a few minutes to a few days – there is a hiking adventure for every fitness level, age, and desire in this dual World Heritage National Park.

Craters of the Moon geothermal area


A highlight of a trip to Great Lake Taupo is the many geothermal wonders. Relax in one of the region’s many naturally heated hot pools and enjoy the therapeutic benefits for your skin, muscles and general wellbeing.
Witness geothermal wonders including bubbling mud pools and steaming vents at Craters of the Moon, Orakei Korako and Tokaanu Thermal Walk

Taupo Bungy, highest water-touch bungy in New Zealand


If you like a bit of adventure on your holiday, check out Taupo Bungy, the highest water touch bungy jump in New Zealand. The region also has many other extreme sports options including skydiving, jetboating and white water rafting.

#LOVETAUPO lettering


No trip to Great Lake Taupo would be complete without a photo of the #LOVETAUPO lettering. This quirky artwork has become one of the most photographed locations in the region. Visitors and locals love to get photos on, with, beside or in this giant lettering
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