The spectacular landscape of Lake Taupo is located in the heart of North Island. It is the perfect destination for exciting adventures but also for those seeking tranquility with breathtaking views. Nature activities abound here including trout fishing, kayaking, and hiking, to name a few. There are also plenty of alluring natural attractions that are sure to enchant visitors to the region.
One of the biggest attractions in the Lake Taupo Region is the awe-inspiring area of Huka Falls. It is located in Wairakei Tourist Park, just a 5-minute drive north of Taupo town. The 11-meter plunge of approximately 220,000 liters of water per second makes for an unforgettable visual treat. There are several lookout areas here for optimal viewing and photos.
You can cross the foot bridge right on top of the falls for a dizzying look at the turbulent waters, or you can take the 1-hour Huka Falls Trail at a leisurely pace through pleasant flora and scenic river views until you get to the various vantage points that offer splendid views of the falls.
If you are only passing by, the loop road just off the main highway offers great vistas as well. However, if you are up for an adventure, then get on-board a jet boat and get close to the base of Huka Falls in an adrenalin-pumping ride. From there, you might want to take on a 2-hour hike to Aratiatia rapids along a picturesque trail with stunning views of Waikato River.
On your way back to the town of Taupo, watch out for the sign-post for the Craters of the Moon Valley along State Highway 1. This attraction is worth visiting not only for the spa-like benefits you may gain but mostly for the remarkable experience it offers. This cratered valley features bubbling mud and clouds of steam. Tread carefully along wooden walkways and feel the excitement of such a dangerous yet distinctly beautiful landscape.
If you want to learn more about the town’s history and culture, don’t miss a visit to the Lake Taupo Museum and Art Gallery. Aside from the Maori exhibits, you will also learn about the area’s volcanic origin. Local art works are also displayed onsite.
If you want to spend the day on a challenging hike, go ahead and conquer the world-famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. This 12-mile trail was brought to the limelight after it was featured in the movie Lord of the Rings. It offers hikers a magnificent volcanic landscape that is truly astounding. It also features a verdant forest on the mountain’s lower slopes that will keep bird-watchers busy. The sight is also a popular winter destinations for skiing enthusiasts.
Finally, fishing enthusiasts will find a haven in the rich waters of Lake Taupo. There are plenty of fishing companies located in the area offering chartered expeditions for both lake and river fishing. You can spend hours on end casting your lines and end the day with a big catch and a satisfied smile.