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
7.30 152 Reviews
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 l... (more)
Acacia Bay Lakefront B&B - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
9.30 23 Reviews
Acacia Bay, Taupo
Overlooking Lake Taupo, Acacia Bay Lakefront B&B offers rooms with a private patio and panoramic lake views. It features free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free canoeing on the private beach area. All heated rooms have satellite TV, a refrigerator and tea and coffee making facilities. Each ... (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 p... (more)
Acacia Cliffs Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
9.80 139 Reviews
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, th... (more)
Acacia Lake View Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
8.30 71 Reviews
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 dr... (more)
Acapulco Motor Inn - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
8.80 356 Reviews
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... (more)
Accent On Taupo Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
8.90 108 Reviews
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... (more)
Adelphi Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
8.90 119 Reviews
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... (more)
Airport Motel @ Rainbow Point - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
8.00 14 Reviews
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 Ruape... (more)
All Seasons Kiwi Holiday Park Taupo - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
8.80 162 Reviews
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 o... (more)
Alpine Lake Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
9.00 161 Reviews
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 unde... (more)
Amori Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
9.60 88 Reviews
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 fro... (more)
Anchorage Resort - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
7.60 264 Reviews
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 ... (more)
Ashbrook Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
8.60 57 Reviews
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/high... (more)
Astro Accommodation - Motel & Backpackers - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
7.40 165 Reviews
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’ ... (more)
ASURE Ascot Motor Inn - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
9.20 196 Reviews
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, ma... (more)
Avonne Guesthouse (Bed & Breakfast) - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
Nukuhau, Taupo
At Avonne Guesthouse, enjoy the friendly hospitality of your hosts Andries and Yvonne, who will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. With a large open living area, dining room and 3 large lockable bedrooms with queen-size beds (1 with ensuite) you will feel at home. Each bedroom has i... (more)
B&B @ Number Ten - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
9.90 43 Reviews
Waipahihi, Taupo
Boasting free Wi-Fi and free breakfast, B&B @ Number Ten is 10 minutes’ walk from Taupo's hot spring thermal swimming pools. All rooms feature French doors opening onto a courtyard with views of Lake Taupo. Taupo B&B @ Number Ten is 5 minutes’ walk from the Waipahihi Reserve. Guests enj... (more)
Barcelona Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
7.60 164 Reviews
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... (more)
Base Taupo - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
6.80 157 Reviews
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 acc... (more)
Bay Court Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
9.20 26 Reviews
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 Taup... (more)
Baycrest Lodge - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
9.20 209 Reviews
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 bathroom... (more)
Baywater Lakeview Motel - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
8.40 196 Reviews
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... (more)
Beechtree Suites - Heritage Boutique Collection - Accommodation in Taupo New Zealand
9.00 518 Reviews
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... (more)
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  • Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Sat 20 Jan 2018 9:30AM / Motorsport
    Following on from the success of the inaugural Taupo Historic GP in January 2017, the 2018 edition of this feature event of the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park annual calendar sees the return of Formula 5000, the ... more
  • Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Wed 7 Feb 2018 6:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Waste Free Parenting Workshop - Taupo This is a humorous, entertaining and inspirational event full of tips and ideas around ways you can minimise waste in your home especially with young children in the house. You ... more
  • Great Lake Centre, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Thu 8 Feb 2018 6:00PM / Family & Lifestyle
    Food Lovers Masterclass - Taupo At this educational masterclass, not only will you receive $100 worth of goodies from your local council, you will get lots of exciting and inspirational advice around ways you can ... more
  • Raw Balance Deli, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Sat 17 Feb 2018 7:00PM / Food, Gourmet, Wine
    Kate loves to host dinner parties wherever she travels. These five course events always start with a welcome (non-alcoholic) cocktail. Guests are seated to enjoy an appetizer, entree, and dessert. To round off the ... more
  • Raw Balance Deli, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Sun 18 Feb 2018 2:00PM / Mind & Body
    Easy Gourmet Raw: Very often when people are new to raw food cuisine, they imagine it’s going to be both expensive and time-consuming, and involve lots of unusual ingredients and expensive equipment. In this 3-hour ... more
  • Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Fri 26 Jan 2018 7:30AM / Motorsport
    MotoTT is sure to cater for your level of comfort…whether it’s your first time on the track or you’ve done a few track days before. On the circuit with other entrants that care as much about their vehicles and ... more
  • Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, Lake Taupo
    Sun 28 Jan 2018 9:00AM / Motorsport
    A free spectator entry, action-packed 1 day race meeting with the following classes running: - NZ Tranzam Challenge - Clubman Sports Cars - Northern Muscle Cars - Rotary Racing Enthusiasts - Production Race ... more
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