26 Best Taupo Attractions Every Tourist Must See

In the centre of the North Island of New Zealand is Lake Taupo, and on its northern shore is the town of Taupo.

Top Attractions

Boating and trout fishing are popular activities in Taupo, and the Taupo Lake provides a lovely backdrop to land activities. Out on the Lake, accessible only by water, are the iconic Maori Rock Carvings. Take a cruise out to see these, or a sail boat. The Waikato River empties from Lake Taupo at Tapuaeharuru Bay, near the Marina, and continues down meandering until it reaches the dramatic Huka Falls, another photographic gem. Jetboat trips to these Falls are very popular.

Kids & Family

Take the kids to The Craters of the Moon for a wander around the steam vents and craters. Then, to teach them a little about what they have seen, in a fun way, take a visit to the Volcanic Activity Centre. Here kids get interactive with the displays, and get to watch a live geyser model and live through an earthquake simulation.


Souvenir shops in Taupo are generally clustered on the main road, but it is worth having a wander through the town to see the Statues that are located at strategic points. Look for the statue of The Great Clock of Tia (the full name of Taupo) across the SH1 near the Visitors Centre. Nearby is the beautiful Heartland statue.

Day Tours

A geothermal area handy to Taupo is Orakei Korako. The best of silica formations, and an amazing deep cave opening that offers photo opportunities. If you want to see mountains head down to the Tongariro National Park, where Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro, and Mt Ngauruhoe loom over the landscape. Ruapehu has skiing available in season. Another interesting place is Waiouru, an Army base town that has the most amazing Army Museum – totally recommended.

26 Most Popular Attractions in Taupo

1. Craters of the Moon

  • Situated within the Wairakei Tourist Park, a few kilometers north of Taupo, Craters of the Moon (also known as Karapiti) is an active area of steaming
  • Adult $8 Child $4
  • 0276 564 684
  • Craters of the Moon, Karapiti Road, Taupo, New Zealand
  • 1 Oct-31 March 8:30am-6pm; 1 April-30 Sep 8:30am-5pm
  • Website
  • 1

2. Spa Thermal Park and Riverbank Recreational and Scenic Reserve

  • Free
  • Spa Thermal Park, Spa Road, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Opens 24 hours
  • 2

3. Lilliput Farm Fun And Animal Park

  • Adult $8 Child $6
  • Lilliput Farm Fun & Animal Park, Link Road, Oruanui, Waikato, New Zealand
  • Mon-Fri 10am-2 pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

4. Huka Falls

  • from $91.74
  • Huka Falls
  • Opens daily
  • 6

Tickets & Tours

5. Taupo Museum

  • Adult $5 Child Free
  • Taupo Museum, Story Place, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-4.30pm

6. Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park

  • Adult $36 Child $15
  • Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, Ohakuri, Waikato, New Zealand
  • from 8am
  • 2

Tickets & Tours

7. Tongariro National Park

  • from $102.02
  • Tongariro National Park, Waikato, New Zealand
  • Time vary depending on activities
  • 3

Tickets & Tours

8. Volcanic Activity Centre

  • Adult $12 Child $7
  • Volcanic Activity Centre, Karetoto Road, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-4pm

9. Lake Taupo

  • from $ 72.44
  • Lake Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
  • Opens daily
  • 3

10. Waipahihi Botanical Garden

  • Donation accepted
  • Waipahihi Botanical Reserve, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Opens daily
  • 1

11. Huka Prawn Park

  • Adult $28 Child $16
  • Huka Prawn Park, Karetoto Road, Wairakei, New Zealand
  • Daily 9.30am-3.30pm
  • 2

12. L’Arte Cafe & Gallery

  • Vary depending on menu
  • L'arté Cafe & Gallery, Mapara Road, Acacia Bay, New Zealand
  • Daily 8am-4pm

13. White Water World 4D Cinema

  • Vary depending on cinema session
  • White Water World 4D Cinema Taupo, Ruapehu Street, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Time vary depending on activities

14. Maori Rock Carvings

  • from $32.29
  • Maori Rock Carvings, Mine Bay. Lake Taupo, Whakamoenga Point, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Time vary depending on activities
  • 2

Tickets & Tours

15. Action World

  • Adult $27; Child $20
  • 64 7-377 4442
  • Action World Taupo, Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo, New Zealand
  • By appointment


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