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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

Lake Taupo, New ZealandA 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.

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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

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    Places near 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.

    • Huka Lodge, Taupo

      Huka Lodge

      Opulent

      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.

    • The Lounge at Tauhara Sunrise, Taupo

      Tauhara Sunrise

      Medium

      Tauhara Sunrise is a small lodge with just three guest suites, all with spectacular lake views, and all enjoying excellent en suite facilities.

    • Acacia Cliffs Lodge, Taupo

      Acacia Cliffs Lodge

      First Class

      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.

    • King Room,Wharewaka Lodge,Taupo

      Wharewaka Lodge

      First Class

      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.

    • Maori rock carvings, Lake Taupo

      Chris Jolly's Cruise on Lake Taupo

      Lake Taupo

      A scenic cruise taking you out on to Lake Taupo, to the Maori rock carvings and to historical points of interest in Whakaipo Bay.

    • Huka Falls Jet Boat excursion, Lake Taupo

      Hukafalls Jet Boat

      Lake Taupo

      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 litres of water per second come tumbling over the cliff face.