With its massive lake framed by the snowy peaks of Tongariro National Park, Taupo is a nature lover’s dream come true. Located within the caldera of Taupo Volcano, there is never a dull moment in this photographer’s paradise. Satiate your quest for an adrenaline rush with adventure activities such as bungee jumping over the Waikato River, skydiving over Lake Taupo, jet boating, and white water rafting. A favorite destination with cyclists from across the world, this panoramic region is famed for its geothermal spots. Soak in a mineral-rich hot water pool and emerge rejuvenated or head to Craters of the Moon walkway to get a closer look at bubbling mud pools, spluttering craters, and gushing hot springs. Nature enthusiasts will particularly enjoy the Huka Falls just outside town, where the gurgling Waikato River surges through a narrow chasm to plunge down 36 feet! Not just natural wonders, Taupo is also home to a unique museum featuring hundreds of glass sculptures and glass blowing displays. Uncover the town’s heritage at Taupo Museum with its interesting displays including the recreation of a 19th century shop and don’t forget to pop into the rose garden next door. Just a boat ride away, the stunning Maori rock carvings etched into cliffs at Mine Bay make for an interesting excursion.
Waterfalls, Hot Water Pools & Springs
Recommended New Zealand Tours
Places: Auckland (1 day) → Paihia (Bay of Islands) (2) → Te Arai (1) → Coromandel Peninsula (2) → Taupo (2) → Tongariro National Park (2) → Wellington (2) → Blenheim (1) → Abel Tasman National Park (2) → Punakaiki (1) → Franz Josef Glacier (2) → Queenstown (2) → Te Anau (2) → Dunedin (2) → Tekapo (1) → Akaroa (2) → Christchurch (1)
Tour Highlights: Volcanic Peaks & Black Sand Beaches, Maori Culture, Food & Wine, Bay of Islands, Farmers...
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