The township of Taupo makes the perfect base for exploring New Zealand's largest lake
Aerial view, Lake Taupo

By Destination Great Lake Taupo

Relaxing along the lakeside in Taupo.
Waterfront, Lake Taupo

By Sandy Austin


The town of Taupo sits at the edge of Australasia's largest lake. Local attractions include trout fishing, skiing, and geothermal parks.

Beautiful Lake Taupo is actually a huge volcano with a fiery history. Its most recent eruption, in 181 AD, was large enough to change the sky as far away as Europe and China. According to Maori legend, the lake is the pulsating heart of Maui's fish (New Zealand's North Island). The lakeside town of Taupo provides a base for visitors who love to fish for trout, ski Mount Ruapehu and explore the local geothermal phenomena. Popular Taupo experiences include Huka Falls, geothermal walks, a prawn farm, lake cruises, New Zealand's first public cable wakeboarding park and guided kayak expeditions to see the rock carvings at Mine Bay.

Taupo is a fantastic region for year-round mountain biking, with the recent completion of the Great Lake Trail. Along with cycling, there's excellent hiking and golf opportunities.

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112 Apartment - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Situated 1 street back from the lake and 5 minutes walk to town centre, bars and restaurants. Self contained 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment with all modern amenities. ... (more)
Absolute Lake View Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Absolute lake view Motel offers motel accommodation on the shores of Lake Taupo. Accommodation comprises of 22 quality suites including 16 studio, 5x1 bedroom units and 1x2 bedroom units, sleep up to 7, some with lake and mountain views. lake view studio with double spa bath and views of lake.Each suite has tea/coffee making facilities and microwave (some wi... (more)
Acacia Bays Tauhara Sunrise Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Acacia Bay, Taupo
Acacia Bay’s Tauhara Sunrise Lodge offers boutique accommodation and views of Lake Taupo. The lodge offers a free town shuttle, free Wi-Fi and free evening drinks and snacks. Luxurious rooms at Tauhara Sunrise Lodge come with flat-screen satellite TVs. A DVD library and DVD player are provided as well. Guests can lounge by the outdoor patio or relax in... (more)
Acacia Cliffs Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Acacia Bay, Taupo
Located on a cliff top with stunning lake and mountain views, Acacia Cliffs Lodge offers a choice of 4 private guest suites, each with its own balcony, modern en suite bathroom and lake or garden views. Set in private landscaped grounds, only 10 minutes’ drive from Taupo town centre, this boutique lodge features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, wide terrac... (more)
Acacia Lake View Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Boasting an idyllic lake front setting, Acacia Lake View Motel offers free WiFi. All rooms feature a balcony and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Acacia Lake View Motel is just 300-metres from Taupo Town Centre and a 5 minute Tauhara Golf Course. Taupo Airport is a 10-minute drive away. All rooms offer a fully equipped kitchen with an oven and... (more)
Acapulco Motor Inn - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Acapulco Motor Inn is a Qualmark 4-star Motel located in Taupo. It has 20 spacious ground floor units serviced daily. Guests can choose from 6 two bedroom spa bath rooms, 3 king spa bath rooms, 5 whirlpool rooms.Taupo in the Central North Island is located on the shores of Lake Taupo. Most activities in the town revolve around the lake and hence water-skiing... (more)
Accent On Taupo Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Two Mile Bay, Taupo
Situated on the edge of Lake Taupo, this hotel features a hot tub and BBQ facilities. It offers self-contained rooms and apartments with satellite TV. Guest rooms at Accent on Taupo are spacious and feature modern design. Each is equipped with kitchenette, refrigerator, microwave and en suite bathroom. Free in-room Wi-Fi (download limits apply) is also av... (more)
Adelphi Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Just 5 minutes’ walk from Lake Taupo, Adelphi Motel offers self-contained accommodation with satellite TV and a work desk. It features barbecue facilities, Wi-Fi internet access and free on-site parking. Motel Adelphi is located in central Taupo, 10 minutes’ drive from Taupo Airport and the famouss Huka Falls. Tongariro National Park is a 75-minute drive ... (more)
Airport Motel @ Rainbow Point - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Rainbow Point, Taupo
Airport Motel at Rainbow Point is located in Taupo. It has 7 studio units and 1&2brm that guests can choose from. A conference facility for groups of up to 50 delegates is available at the motel. Taupo is located in the centre of the North Island on the shores of Lake Taupo. Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro National Park are near the town. Fishing and water ba... (more)
All Seasons Kiwi Holiday Park Taupo - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
All Seasons Kiwi Holiday Park Taupo is located in Taupo. WiFi access is available.At All Seasons Kiwi Holiday Park Taupo you will find barbecue facilities and a shared kitchen. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities, a shared lounge and a games room. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including ... (more)
Alpine Lake Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Taupo's newest luxury motor lodge! Modern, air-conditioned units, featuring up-market chattels. Enjoy FREE in-room high speed wireless internet or our complimentary email cafe. Soak in a spa bath or relax watching SKY TV or a complimentary DVD.Full kitchens. Toasty warm in winter with under-floor heating. Refreshingly cool in summer with air-conditioning. Ou... (more)
Amori Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Just 2-minutes from the heart of Taupo, Amori Lodge offers free Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast. Guests can relax in the shared lounge or retreat to their room, complete with a flat-screen TV and garden views. Amori Lodge is a 1-minute drive from Lake Taupo and a 5-minute drive from Taupo Golf Club. Both Taupo Airport and Huka Falls are a 10-minute d... (more)
Anchorage Resort - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Anchorage Resort is located at Two Mile Bay on the shore of Lake Taupo, just 5kms to Taupo's town centre.We have spacious one and two bedroom apartments as well as a luxurious three bedroom apartment. Whether you are a corporate traveller, a couple on a romantic break away or in search of an apartment for the whole family, we're sure to have the right option... (more)
Ashbrook Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Ashbrook Motel, located in Taupo in the central North Island, offers superior new luxury 1 and 2-bedroom suites with air-conditioning, spa baths with separate shower cubicles and access suites. All units have kitchens, 26-inch LCD TVs, Sky TV, Teletext, electric blankets, heating, cot/highchair available. Cooked/continental breakfasts, evening meals by arran... (more)
Astro Accommodation - Motel & Backpackers - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Just 10 minutes’ walk from Lake Taupo, Astro Accommodation features a hot tub, sauna and BBQ facilities. Guests have access to a communal kitchen, a TV lounge and an internet kiosk. Astro Accommodation - Motel & Backpackers is 5 minutes’ drive from the Spa Thermal Park, and 10 minutes’ drive from the famouss Huka Falls. Taupo Airport is a 15-minute drive ... (more)
ASURE Ascot Motor Inn - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Ascot Motor Inn is a modern complex in central Taupo offering studios and apartments, all with fully-equipped kitchenettes and private balconies.The apartments and studios at the Ascot Motor Inn are spacious and stylish. The units include air conditioning and spacious private bathrooms, many with a spa baths. The upper floor apartments also provide views of ... (more)
Barcelona Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Barcelona Motel is housed in a Mediterranean-style complex and features a private courtyard. A 5-minute walk from Taupo’s town centre, it offers free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access. Heated apartments have a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, a stove and a microwave. There is a lounge area with sofa and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. ... (more)
Base Taupo - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
BASE is a newly opened hostel offering upgraded accommodations in a central location in Taupo, just minutes from the lake. There is a great selection of cafés and shops nearby. BASE Taupo offers small dormitory-style rooms or private guest bedrooms with private bathrooms. All of the accommodations are clean and modern, plus bedding is included. Communa... (more)
Bay Court Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Situated directly opposite Lake Taupo, Bay Court Motel offers refurbished modern rooms and apartments with free WiFi, cooking facilities and separate lounge areas. Some units include a relaxing spa bath. The Bay Court Motel is only a 10-minute walk from the restaurants and shops in Taupo town centre. The beautiful Tongariro National Park is a 75-minute dr... (more)
Baycrest Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Experience the latest in quality service and surroundings, where traditional elegance blends with a restful ambience. Baycrest Lodge Qualmark rated is 100m from the main swimming beach of Great Lake Taupo.All 16 units are spacious and elegantly appointed and have tasteful european bathrooms and fully self-contained kitchen facilities, including fridges, cera... (more)
Baywater Lakeview Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Fully refurbished in October 2013, Baywater lake view Motel offers clear views of the mountains and Lake Taupo from its waterfront location. Its contemporary rooms include spa baths and private balconies. Facilities at Baywater lake view Motel Taupo include a barbecue area. All units are modern and well-appointed with flat-screen TVs, individually-cont... (more)
Beechtree Suites - Heritage Boutique Collection - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Beechtree Motel is a motel located just 400 metres from the shores of Lake Taupo.It has 39 rooms comprising of executive studios, 2&3 brm apartments. Free Wi-Fi internet, 40" LCD TV's and Sky Guest Select offering 50+ SkyTV Channels, deep spa baths, FREE Parking and a guest laundry service are some of the facilities available at the motel.Taupo is one of the... (more)
Bella Vista Motel Taupo - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Bella Vista Motel Taupo offers comfortable and modern accommodations just half a mile from the shores of Lake Taupo. All rooms have private bathrooms, Wi-Fi access and cable TV. Bella Vista Taupo has an outdoor barbecue area where guests can prepare their own meals, a guest laundry and on-site parking. The motel is in a quiet central location within walki... (more)
Berkenhoff Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Only 20 minutes’ walk from the beautiful Lake Taupo, Berkenhoff Lodge boasts a swimming pool and a bar, featuring a billiards table. Guests can prepare their own tasty meals in the shared kitchen and meet other guests in the communal lounge and TV room. Free tea and coffee is supplied. Berkenhoff Lodge Taupo is less than 5 minutes’ drive from the Waika... (more)
Best Western Sails Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Sails Motor Lodge offers self-contained accommodation directly opposite Lake Taupo. Most rooms offer lake and mountain views. Free Wi-Fi and free car parking are included. Each room at Sails Motor Lodge features cooking facilities, including microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee plunger and refrigerator. All rooms have a 32-inch flat-screen TV with satellite... (more)
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  • Finn's Bistro and Beer Garden, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Thu 29 Oct 2020 8:30PM / Comedy
    An uproarious,, turbo-charged (yet environmentally friendly) evening of stand-up comedy. With his trademark wit, Raybon gives touchy subjects the kind of careful touching you'd expect from an overworked courier driver -- ... more
  • Active Arts Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Mon 19 Oct 2020 6:00PM / Mind & Body
    Pottery, especially on the wheel, is a great tool to facilitate transformation and being present with what is. In this 4 weeks' course, you'll learn to centre clay on the pottery wheel, and to make simple shapes from ... more
  • Yoga Tree, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Fri 6 Nov 2020 7:30PM / Mind & Body
    Join Sika for a shamanic evening of dreaming and deep relaxation. Sit or lie down and let his ancient sounds carry you... Sika plays intuitively from his beloved collection of instruments, including several ... more
  • Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Sat 21 Nov 2020 7:30PM / Rock
    Sick of 2020? then it’s time to rock out like the ‘80s! For one night only, legendary cover band, Badly Stuffed Animals are taking back, back to the ’80s! Playing all the classics from the ’80s and beyond; ... more
  • Owen Delany Park, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Fri 6 Nov 2020 5:30PM / Film
    Purchase tickets at the gate on the night. Eftpos available. Bring cash to avoid queues. Wet weather option Saturday 7 November 2020. If cancelled notices will be advised via radio on More FM and Facebook. No ... more
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