25 Mar, 2020
A paradise for outdoor lovers, Taupō is a hub of activity all year round and a destination you’ll want to discover time and time again. Located in the central North Island and just a 3.5 hour drive south of Auckland, Taupō was created by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago with the caldera of the Taupō volcano forming the absolutely stunning Lake Taupō. As the largest lake in New Zealand, Lake Taupō is like a great inland sea that attracts adventurers and explorers from near and far to experience a rainbow of awesome activities under the sun: swimming, fishing, kayaking, boating, and sailing, it’s all here for you to get amongst!
Lake Taupō is about the size of Singapore so you can just imagine just how much fun you can have on water here. The best and most iconic water activities in Taupō range from the ultimate hot springs unwind to stunning Māori rock carvings and New Zealand’s only white water jet boating experience with Rapids Jet. Another Taupō must-do is the impressive Huka Falls -a stunning natural attraction of mesmerising hydro power. This set of waterfalls is at the intersection where New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato River drains into Lake Taupō.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing summons up images of emerald lakes, red craters and an otherworldly landscape straight out of Mars. For many, it’s a bucket list expedition that only comes once in a lifetime. So, when it’s time to take on one of New Zealand’s greatest walks, you want things to run as smooth as possible from the get-go. From self-drive to shuttle bus options, there’s a range of options to consider for those keen to experience the renowned Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Take a look at the best one-day itinerary for adventure seeking travellers.
From the bottom of Huka Falls to the skies above Lake Taupō, you’ll find every type of adventure under the sun here in beautiful Taupō. A natural playground made to be explored, there is an abundance of flora and fauna here that you’ll want to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors. With Auckland to the north and Wellington to the south, Taupō is in the centre of the North Island and at an easy crossroads to access, where fun and adventure go hand in hand. Find out about the top 10 adventure activities you can enjoy here.
Unique and exhilarating adventure activities like Rapids Jet is just one of the top experiences you can enjoy in Taupō. The thrills, spills, the twists and turns, you can soak up the adrenaline with Rapids Jet Taupō – New Zealand’s only white water jet boating experience. Riding custom-built kiwi speed machines, you can jet boat through breathtaking, spectacular scenery as well as the legendary Aratiatia Rapids - also known as the Nga Awa Purua Rapids in te reo Māori.