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The adventure capital of the North Island, Taupo is situated on Lake Taupo, created by one of the Worlds largest ever volcanic eruptions, so big in fact that the clouds could be seen from China. Taupo is a tourist hotspot and is located in the centre of the North island, there is plenty to do all year round with watersports in the summer and skiing in the winter, Taupo is definately a place you need to visit if you're travelling in New Zealand.

With heaps of cafe's and bars it offers a great chance for work and a lively night out every night. During the day you can get involved in almost any activity you want, from skydiving to white water rafting, bungy to a round of golf. It is also the home to the Tongarriro crossing, an amazing day walk which is definately on our must do list. Taupo is one of the Gems of the North Island.

our opinion

We loved our time in Taupo, we had some great nights out and with loads to do during the day, we seriously recommend giving yourself a few days here, during the summer it's an awesome spot for chilling by the lake and in winter time there is skiing options not far away. One of our best bits of NZ was the Tongarriro crossing, it's a full day walk but one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences. We gurantee you'll love Taupo, a top spot in the North.

A few Must Do's

GYT Reccomendations

  • Jump out of a plane to see some of the best views in NZ

      • Play in one of the free poker tournaments which happen 4 times a week

          • Take a day off to walk the Tongarriro Crossing, an unforgettable experience

For an amazing day white water rafting, we think Tongariro River Rafting is the best choice. It's a 100% Kiwi owned company with experienced guides to give you a great experience in a rubber boat. They offer loads of trips and activities at good prices. Check them out

a great place to stay

One of our best activities in this adventure playground was jumping out of a plane. With Skydive Taupo you'll get the best experience of them all. Offering the cheapest prices in NZ, the option to choose your own music on your DVD and exceptional service on top of unbelievable views of the lake. We highly recommend these guys.

During your stay in Taupo, we recommend you stay in the Urban Retreat Backpackers. With great communal areas, free internet and sky TV, this modern and well located hostel is a great place to be while in this awesome town

Other things to Do and see

This awesome Jet Boat ride will give you a 30min round trip on the Waikato river up to the Huka Falls - NZ's most visited attraction, with 360 spins and whizzing inches from rocks and banks, this is a great trip guaranteed to exhilerate even the most hardened junkie.

Horse Treks
Hot Pools
Hole in One Golf
Mini Golf

Quad Biking
Puzzle World
Trout Fishing
Maori Carvings

The Huka Falls
Float Plane
Round of Golf
Poker Tournament
Mountain Biking