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Taupo had a violent past. In 181AD the volcanic crater erupted causing such a mess that its effects on the weather and sky were recorded in ancient Rome and China. After the massive explosion of the crater the resulting hole filled with water and created Lake Taupo, which is about the same size as the whole land area of Singapore and the largest freshwater lake in Australasia.

Must see and do

Fun fact: Every three seconds enough water flows through the Huka falls to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool! 

NB. Our travel passes do not include Taupo but you are able to hop-off en route (between Lake Aniwhenua and Whakahoro) to spend a night or more there!

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Huka Falls Jet

Hukafalls Jet in Taupo is the only jet boat company permitted to take you to the base of t...

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Skydive Taupo

At ground level, the view from Taupo township is already remarkable; a lake with crystal c...

Activity Taupo

Taupo Bungy & Cliffhanger Extreme Swing

Want to descend into the crystal-clear water or swing past impressive cliff faces at 70 kp...

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Spa Park Thermal Pools

Take a swim at Spa Park in the free swimming pool. It's a great place to relax and soak in...

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Taupo Lakefront Walk

Take a stroll along the beautiful Taupo Lakefront, feed the ducks, admire the scenery or i...

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Huka Falls Walk

Located just a few minutes drive outside of Taupo town you'll find the Huka Falls, a thund...

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Taupo Urban Retreat

Location Taupo Urban Retreat has a fantastic central location with only a couple of minute...

Accommodation Taupo BASE

BASE Taupo

About Base Base hostels are designed for the modern day global traveller, with state of th...