The 10 Best Things To Do In Taupo

The 10 Best Things To Do In Taupo

Boasting Australasia’s largest lake, as well as mindblowing geothermal wonders, magical cultural experiences, some of the country's best hikes and trails, and some truly adrenaline-pumping excitement, there really is something for everyone in Taupo!

In fact, you might be spoiled for choice!

With so much on offer, it can be tricky knowing which activities to choose when you visit. Never fear. We have picked our top 10 Taupo experiences to suit any kind of traveller. Whether you are a nature lover, a thrill seeker, or a chill seeker, there is something for you. Let's dive in!


The 10 Best Things To Do In Taupo

Witness Nature’s Delights

Any outdoor lover will be thrilled with Taupo’s offerings. You want it, it’s here. Lakes, rivers, waterfalls, rainforests, volcanoes and mountains - all are within easy reach of our motel.

The region offers some of the best walks, mountain-biking trails and hikes anywhere in the country. Try these examples for the best things to do in Taupo...

1) The Tongariro Crossing

Follow this 19.5km track to see volcanic landscapes that will blow your mind. Rated as one of the best day-walks on the planet, it’s a tough 8-9 hour slog, but the views are incredible.

2) The Great Lake Walkway

Spend two hours biking or walking around Lake Taupo, stopping for ice creams or beers at your leisure. The 10km trail is a great way to familiarise yourself with the area.

3) Huka Falls Walkway

Take a leisurely two-hour walk from the town to Huka Falls, alongside the Waikato River. Here, you can witness the power of 22,000 litres of water per second pouring over the eight-metre drop.

4) Orakei Korako Thermal Park

Follow a trail around one of the best thermal areas in NZ. The 90-minute track leads you past geysers, rainbow coloured lakes, and one of only two geothermal caves in the world.


Get Thrilled

Nobody does adrenaline like Kiwis, and Taupo has no shortage of exhilarating action. If you like your holiday to feature a healthy dose of gleeful terror, check out these adventures.

5) Taupo Bungy

Hurl yourself from a Cliffside platform, plunge 47 metres, and dunk your head in the Waikato River! Or jump on the extreme swing that sends you hurtling across the river at up to 70 kph.

6) Jet Boating

Quench your need for speed with a heart-stopping jetboat ride along the Waikato River. If you are game, you can even cruise right up to the base of the mighty Huka Falls.

7) Sky Diving

If you have always wanted to try skydiving, Taupo is the place to do it. See the mountains, lake, river and volcanoes from a unique perspective that you won't forget in a hurry.


Get Chilled

It is not all about trekking and scaring yourself silly in Taupo. It is also a great place to relax. With natural hot springs and stunning scenery, try some of these laid back options.

8) Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings

Take a scenic cruise on a steamboat to check out the impressive Maori rock carvings on the edge of Lake Taupo, learning about their significance to Maori culture.

9) Wairakei Terraces

Soak in the mineral-rich hot pools beneath the beautiful terraces and waterfall, surrounded by nature. Upgrade the pampering with a massage or take a relaxing stroll along the walkway.

10) Spa Thermal Park

This treasure delights locals and tourists alike. It is a large park area featuring walking trails and a thermal spring. You can sit in the natural Otumuheke stream to heat up, then dunk into the Waikato river to cool down. It is an excellent place for a picnic and some chill time.


Whatever you are looking for in a holiday, you will find it in beautiful Taupo, all packaged up with New Zealand’s unbeatable welcoming vibe.

And of course if you are coming to Taupo, you will need somewhere relaxing to stay! At the Executive Motel we offer a touch of luxury and tranquillity in the heart of Taupo. Relax on our balconies after a busy day, or simply spend the day gazing out over the lake. Check to see if your holiday dates are available now.

Posted: Mon 11 Mar 2019