Taupō. The heart of Aotearoa New Zealand’s beautiful North Island. As you travel around the lake, you will find every landscape you can imagine. Snow-blanketed winter ski fields and alpine deserts. Ancient forests alive with birdsong. Trout-filled rivers and the thundering Huka Falls. Steaming geothermal valleys with rejuvenating hot springs. Three towering volcanoes in the awesome and otherworldly landscape of Tongariro National Park.
What to See and Do
As part of the Taupō Volcanic Zone that stretches from Tongariro National Park in the south to Whakaari (White Island) north of the Bay of Plenty, Taupō showcases an unusual range of geothermal activity.
Steam pouring from unexpected vents in the earth or drifting across bush-clad hills, rainbow-coloured silica terraces and turquoise mineral lakes, boiling mud pools that bubble and plop, spurting geysers, and regenerative natural hot springs are just a few of the surprising, spectacular and satisfying ways that the heat of Taupō’s vast underground lake of magma can be seen and experienced above ground in the region.
The Mine Bay Māori rock carvings are accessible by boat only, and can be reached by taking a scenic cruise, sailing or kayaking trip from Taupō Boat Harbour.
Accent on Taupo
310 Lake Terrace,
Taupo, New Zealand