The 10 Best Things to Do in Taupo, North Island

This adrenaline-pumping city offers an abundance of skydiving, jetboating and bungee jumping. Discover the marvels of Orakei Korako thermal park, featuring caves, hot springs and boiling mud pools. Gaze across Lake Taupo to see the spectacular volcanic mountains of Tongariro National Park, and make sure to visit Huka Falls, one of the great watery wonders of New Zealand.

1. Huka Falls tracks

| Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails, Waterfalls More
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4.5 based on 5949 reviews

Huka Falls tracks

Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip.

Reviewed By twinkle22222 - Auckland Central, New ZealandAuckland Central, New Zealand

Huka Falls

Breathtakingly beautiful. The waters thunder down the different levels, and the day we were there, there were these two very adventurous (not sure if they were brave or daft) people canoeing through this wild water. The wonder of nature never ceases to am

2. Aratiatia Rapids

Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 1105 reviews

Aratiatia Rapids

Reviewed By JeffT472 - Franz Josef, New ZealandFranz Josef, New Zealand

Time your visit to view the water release from the dam

Not to be missed if you are in the area, with a water release four or five times a day which turns an otherwise dry ravine into a violent foaming torrent. This was part of the 'deal to build the dam, that water would be released regularly, and at the rate

3. Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve

Taupo 3378, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Geologic Formations, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Hot Springs & Geysers More
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4.5 based on 328 reviews

Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve

Reviewed By Rooster1968 - Gosford, AustraliaGosford, Australia

Free Hot Spring

We visited the Spa Park and enjoyed the experience,There is a toilet and change room right near the spa so no need to use the toilets near the Carpark.This is a natural hot water outlet that flows into the river, it has been developed around to create a g

4. Craters of the Moon

Karapiti Road, Taupo, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations
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4 based on 1753 reviews

Craters of the Moon

Reviewed By KennyD1981 - Winchester, United KingdomWinchester, United Kingdom

Great attraction let down by poor customer service

This is an amazing natural phenomenon and well worth seeing, at a very reasonable price. Customer service was a bit of a let down for us two counts: we arrived at exactly 4pm, the last time for entry, but were denied entry. This was totally inflexible and

5. Maori Rock Carvings

Lake Taupo, Taupo, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4 based on 429 reviews

Maori Rock Carvings

Reviewed By Graham M - Brisbane, AustraliaBrisbane, Australia

Amazing

Commenced some years ago, a Maori carver has reproduced carvings of the past. How fantastic these are - they have to be seen to be believed and you will see the sheer scale of these carvings, and how amazing this carver is. And what challenging conditions

6. Great Lake Taupo

Lake Terrace, Taupo, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Bodies of Water
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4.5 based on 485 reviews

Great Lake Taupo

Reviewed By Gabriel H - Bellaire, TexasBellaire, Texas

A beautiful lake, surrounded by hills

Lake Taupo is the largest lake on the Northern island and provides great opportunities for outdoorsy activities: boating, sailing, fishing, water skiing, swimming, etc. The lakeshore is largely uninhabited, except for a few small towns, and you can find f

7. Huka Prawn Park

Karetoto Road | Wairakei Tourist Park, Lake Taupo, Taupo 3330, New Zealand Fun & Games, Water & Amusement Parks, Nature & Parks, Playgrounds, Theme Parks More
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4 based on 1185 reviews

Huka Prawn Park

New Zealand’s only prawn park offers a fun filled day of entertainment for the family. Pack a picnic and towel and spend the day creating exciting prawn memories to last forever. From the minute, you arrive at our entrance you will be amazed at such a place existing in the world. Start by joining our behind the scenes guided tour through the nursery and hatchery, hear about our 30-year history, meet our prawns up close and personal and while you’re there you have to feel the strange sensation of hand feeding the baby prawns. Race up and down our massive new boating lake on stand-up paddleboards, water trikes, and pedal boats. Watch the excitement on your child’s face as you head down our adventure trail trying out all the interactive activities. Feed the trout, battle the family on our water cannons, only the brave tackle the water gauntlets, ending at the kids playground and geothermal footbaths. Prawn fishing catch em if you can and so much more.

Reviewed By nzbrianwjones

Do not go waste of time and money

We took our family 21/04/2019. There was probably 100+ people there. I saw 3 prawns caught the whole time we were there. They give you fishing rods with such a small amount of line that you can only fish your feet and there are no prawns there. Total scam

8. Lava Glass

165 State Highway 5, Taupo 3384, New Zealand Museums, Nature & Parks, Shopping, Gardens, Art Galleries More
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4 based on 785 reviews

Lava Glass

Lava Glass is an art glass gallery, glassblowing studio & glass sculpture garden by world-renowned New Zealand master glassblower Lynden Over. The complex offers a unique and fascinating window into the world of glassblowing. You can watch the spectacular art of glassblowing, browse through the adjoining gallery of New Zealand inspired glass art and take a stroll through our beautiful glass sculpture garden. The garden features more than 600 glass sculptures and has been endorsed as 'A Garden of Significance'. Entry glassblowing studio: $7.50 per person/ $30 per family* Entry sculpture garden: $10 per person/ $40 per family* Combination ticket studio & garden: $15 per person/ $50 per family* *up to 6 individuals. Following your visit, part of your entry fee will be deducted from any glass purchase from the gallery. Lava Glass pieces are also available in our online shop. We offer insured worldwide shipping.

Reviewed By StuBecksandpoppy - Raglan, New ZealandRaglan, New Zealand

so sad that something so special has been spoilt

I went here about 15 years ago. i chatted to the glass blower who was happy to show me how it was done. I watched him work and produce a beautiful piece which i bought there and then for a fair price. I just visited this place again and was both horrified

9. Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

State Highway 1, Taupo, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Hot Springs & Geysers
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4 based on 370 reviews

Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley

Reviewed By RuurdvanElburg - Hilversum, The NetherlandsHilversum, The Netherlands

Excellent example of the steaming hot water geysers on the Northern Island

Somewhat less busy than near Rotorua but definitely worth visiting and walking around in 1 -2 hours. Starting with a short boat ride over the lake, you can easily follow the tracks around the area. The nature is as in many places very beautiful and as it

10. Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

Shepherd Road, Taupo, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4.5 based on 158 reviews

Waipahihi Botanical Gardens

Reviewed By MadalynH7 - Huddersfield, United KingdomHuddersfield, United Kingdom

Delighful

A delightful and well cared for garden, at its best currently with rhododendrons in flower. Slightly unusual as the design is based on a car loop with stops. More sign boarding regarding walking loops would have been helpful. No plant labelling; again thi

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