Visit Lake Taupo, New Zealand
The largest lake in New Zealand, Lake Taupo is known for its trout, Maori rock carvings, white-water rafting, jet boat rides and views of the volcanic Tongariro National Park.
Widely known as the trout fishing capital of the Southern Hemisphere, Lake Taupo abounds with rocky coves, white pumice beaches and sheltered inlets that can only be reached by boat.
It’s the starting point for fishing trips, jet boat rides on the famous ‘Huka Jet’ and white water rafting trips on the surrounding rivers.
Lake Taupo scenic cruise
A cruise across majestic Lake Taupo takes visitors to the impressive Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, as well as visiting other points of scenic and historical interest around the lake shores.
On a clear day, the views across the deep blue waters to the impressive volcanoes of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe are unsurpassable.
Suggested itineraries featuring Lake Taupo
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Lake Taupo, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Lake Taupo
Places & hotels on the map
Places near Lake Taupo
- Rotorua 63 kilometers away
- Tongariro National Park 77 kilometers away
- Waitomo 97 kilometers away
- Bay of Plenty 109 kilometers away
- Tauranga 112 kilometers away
- Napier 116 kilometers away
- Hastings 126 kilometers away
- Hawke's Bay 128 kilometers away
- Whanganui National Park 165 kilometers away
- Eastland & Gisborne 171 kilometers away
- Taranaki & New Plymouth 178 kilometers away
- Thames & Kauaeranga Valley 178 kilometers away
- Waikato 187 kilometers away
- Coromandel Peninsula 199 kilometers away
- Waiheke Island 230 kilometers away
- Auckland 235 kilometers away
- Devonport 236 kilometers away
- The Kapiti Coast 261 kilometers away
- Greytown 272 kilometers away
- Wairarapa & surrounds 277 kilometers away
- Great Barrier Island 284 kilometers away
- Warkworth 284 kilometers away
- Martinborough 287 kilometers away
- Wellington 310 kilometers away
- Marlborough Sounds 322 kilometers away
- Picton 340 kilometers away
- Blenheim 364 kilometers away
- Abel Tasman National Park 365 kilometers away
- Collingwood & Farewell Spit 366 kilometers away
- Nelson 373 kilometers away
- Kahurangi National Park 399 kilometers away
- The Kauri Coast 401 kilometers away
- Paihia 418 kilometers away
- Russell 419 kilometers away
- Bay of Islands 425 kilometers away
- Kerikeri 429 kilometers away
- Matauri Bay 449 kilometers away
- Kaikoura 461 kilometers away
Photos of Lake Taupo
Accommodation choices for Lake Taupo
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Lake Taupo. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Just upstream from the famous Huka Falls near Taupo, Huka Lodge offers opulent accommodation in 20 secluded suites, all positioned for maximum privacy alongside the riverbank.
Lake Taupo Lodge is nestled in mature gardens overlooking the lake. It offers beautiful suites and is ideally located for visiting the attractions of Rotorua and Tongariro National Park.
Tauhara Sunrise is a small lodge with just three guest suites, all with spectacular lake views, and all enjoying excellent en suite facilities.
Excellent hosts and breathtaking views of Lake Taupo, Mount Tauhara and the Kaimanawa Ranges make Acacia Cliffs Lodge a great place to stay and explore the area.
Wharewaka Lodge is an attractive bed & breakfast located on the shores of Lake Taupo. It offers three luxury suites each with en suite bathroom and private balcony.
Ideas for experiencing Lake Taupo
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Lake Taupo, and which use the best local guides.
A scenic cruise taking you out on to Lake Taupo, to the Maori rock carvings and to historical points of interest in Whakaipo Bay.
This jet boat ride takes you upriver, through native bush and past thermal pools, to the very base of the Huka Falls, where 220,000 liters of water per second come tumbling over the cliff face.