Taupo is located in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island. This destination is every nature lover’s dream, and is home to steamy geothermal areas, Australasia’s largest freshwater lake, dramatic mountains and ancient forests. It is an adventurers playground, and the perfect place to rent a campervan and explore. Read our guide on what you can do in Taupo.
Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings were crafted in the 1970’s. Today, they are still considered a significant cultural milestone. They demonstrate that Maori culture and crafting are alive and well in today’s modern society. Standing 10 metres tall in some places, these carvings are an amazing sight to behold. You can easily access these carvings by kayaking or canoeing on Lake Taupo’s western shores.
The Huka Falls are nothing short of incredible. They are located just a short trip north of Lake Taupo, and are an easy destination to reach. The waterfall stands at 11 metres-high, and demonstrates the awesome power of nature. Over 200,000 litres of water race through each and every second. The Huka falls are a popular spot year-round and are easily accessible. It is an exciting stop on your Lake Taupo visit with friends and family.
Craters of the Moon Geothermal Walk
Taupo is home to some of the most incredible geothermal, as well as natural wonders. And, the Craters of the Moon Geothermal walk is a must-do when you visit Taupo. This spectacular walk takes around 45 minutes to complete, and offers different landscapes. Steam vents, bubbling craters and colourful soils give this area a lunar-like quality (hence the name) and provide some truly unique views. You won’t regret visiting this popular spot.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered the greatest, and most iconic walking trail in all of ‘New Zealand. This day-long journey takes you over volcanoes, sparkling waters and magnificent scenery. The Tongariro crossing will transport you to a landscape unlike anything you have ever seen before. It is a must-do on any visitor’s list.
This list just scratches the surface of what there is to see and do in Lake Taupo. Be sure to here for an experience unlike any other in New Zealand!