A stunning town in New Zealand’s North Island, Taupo is situated on the shore of Lake Taupo, a volcanic caldera. With the lake about the size of Singapore, a boat cruise is the perfect way to explore this giant lake. Here’s how adventure travellers can make the most of their time and experience the scenic town of Taupo.
Skydive over the stunning Lake Taupo (alternatively, go kayaking)
What better way to start the day than to skydive over the largest lake in the Southern Hemisphere? Choose to jump from 9,000, 12,000 or 15,000 feet within the Taupo dropzone and experience the breathtaking view of the coast and the snow-capped mountains. If skydiving is not your cup of tea then you can replace that with kayaking on Lake Taupo where you can see the jaw-dropping Māori rock carvings – accessible only by water.
Fill up on coffee (or tea)
Stop by one of the most popular cafes in Taupo, Spoon & Paddle. Enjoy excellent coffee and the best eggs Benedict in the region! Not only do they have great friendly service, but they also provide plenty of outdoor seating.
Enjoy the natural trails in Tongariro National Park
Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. About an hour’s drive from Spoon & Paddle, enjoy your day between the diverse native flora and fauna. The region’s magnificent scenery also made it to the popular Lord of The Rings trilogy in Mt Ngauruhoe. Wondering where to start? Tip: Head to Whakapapa Village, situated on Mt Ruapehu’s western slopes.
Grab a bite at New Zealand’s highest café
Welcome to the Knoll Ridge Café – located at a height of 2020m above sea level with the most stunning view of Mount Ruapehu. Tip: Don’t forget to check the café timings before you go there as it tends to change with the season. Nothing can (literally) top your evening. Enjoy the scenery and head back to town for dinner and get set for an exciting day 2 in Taupo.
Gear up for the spectacular view of the Huka Falls lookout
Located just a just a five minute drive north of Taupo, Huka Falls is a must-visit when you’re in town. Watch the incredible volume of water being force through a narrow channel. This magnificent view will have you gushing for days! Don’t forget to pack your camera for this gorgeous lookout.
You won’t regret the Huka Falls walk to Spa Park
Make your way through the scenic Huka walking trail for a relaxing soak at the famous Otumuheke Stream hot pools. This family-friendly trail will take you about 1 hr and 30 min with a distance of 3 km to cover. Once you’re at the Spa Thermal Park, it’s time to enjoy in the healing warm geothermal waters.
Head to Tongariro White Water Rafting post-lunch
After a quick lunch at one of many quaint restaurants in the region, it’s time for some heart-pounding fun at the Tongariro White Water Rafting. Located about 40 minutes from Taupo, the total trip time is approximately 4 hours. What’s more? There’s also the option to get free pickups from Taupo. Tongariro’s roller-coaster rapids are bound to be the highlight of your trip!
Experience al fresco dining at Dixie Browns
Dixie Browns is the perfect way to end your 2-day trip to Taupo. A great place for families to dine, their extensive menu and divine desserts guarantee that you will take home memories of great food.
Need a place to stay?
Located 3 km from the mighty Huka Falls, book your stay at at Quality Suites Huka Falls. This hotel is situated in an area of spectacular natural beauty and is close to many of the area’s top tourist attractions.
Cover image photo credit: Fraser Clements