Taupo And Tongariro

Taupo lies on New Zealand’s largest lake and smack-bang in the heart of the North Island. It’s a true playground for adventurous souls: numerous mountain bike trails and walks are accessible from Taupo. And with such a big lake right on their doorstep, it’s no wonder there are plenty of opportunities to explore the bays by kayak.

Throw yourself out of a plane or off a bungy platform (you can even plunge into the Waikato River if you dare). Alternatively, choose between a wild whitewater rafting ride on the Tongariro River (Grade 3) or a more child-friendly version (Grade 2). 

If you’re more into fishing, Lake Taupo and Tongariro River on the southern end of the lake belong hands-down to the best trout fishing areas in New Zealand. Whether you prefer fishing off the boat or fly-fish from the water, the choice is all yours. 

The Tongariro Crossing is one of the most famous day-tramps in the world. See for yourself what all the fuss is about without the usual crowd. You can either get to the Crossing by shuttle from Taupo or just stay in one of the many Tongariro accommodation as there is plenty to see and do in the Tongariro area. 

Or maybe you’re just in Taupo for a relaxing weekend getaway!

Being a geothermal area, there are plenty of hot pools (both free and against a fee) to soak and relax after a long day of fun. Equally relaxing is boating into the sunset with a cheeky glass of wine in your hand.

Family Friendly

Family-friendly getaways in New Zealand. Find short trips and getaways the whole family will love and remember.

Geothermal & Volcanoes

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Walks and Tramps

Winter Activities

The New Zealand winter season lasts from approximately July to October every year.

Explore the snow on skis, snowboard and even on foot with our winter getaways.