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About Taupo New Zealand

Boating on Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Copyright: Destination Lake Taupo

Taupo is a town and a district in the North Island of New Zealand. The Taupo township is nestled on the north eastern shores of Lake Taupo - where the Waikato River flows from the lake. Taupo is a popular tourist destination with many major attractions.

The bustling resort town of Taupo is an ideal base for exploring. Here you will find a range of restaurants, accommodation, numerous art and craft galleries and hot thermal pools for relaxing.

Taupo activities include high-speed jet boat rides to the base of Huka Falls, fishing for trophy-sized trout in Lake Taupo, soaking in geothermal hot pools, skydiving, flight-seeing over Mt Ruapehu and more.


Huka Falls in Taupo, New Zealand. Copyright: Paul Abbitt

There are many parks, gardens, historic houses, museums and other places of interest in and around Taupo, New Zealand.

Popular attractions in Taupo include the Huka Falls - one of New Zealand's most spectacular waterfalls, Lake Taupo, Maori rock carvings in Lake Taupo and the volcanic mountain of Mount Tauhara.

The town is built around volcanic and geothermal activity. There are several hot springs suitable for bathing located at several places in the vicinity.

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As a bustling tourist destination, Taupo offers a wide range of accommodation options including budget backpackers, luxury apartments, hotels, motels, family holiday parks and boutique B&Bs. Each accommodation choice has its own unique features, with options to suit all budgets, tastes and requirements. For students, groups and younger travellers, backpackers provide very cheap lodgings, with shared dormitories, bathrooms and facilities. Hotels, motels and luxury apartments with modern features, access to fast speed Wi-Fi internet and self catering abilities might suit couples and business travellers more closely. Families are well catered for in holiday parks and motels.

The Pillars Retreat Taupo

The Pillars Retreat - Taupo B&B

Bed and breakfast accommodation in Taupo is another growingly popular choice in places to stay. Bed and breakfasts (B&B's) come in all shapes and sizes, with the key similarities being friendly hosts who are happy to share their homes with you, and that they include a lovely breakfast served to you each morning. Some B&B's are small quaint cottages, in which the owners have lovingly converted spare bedrooms into guest rooms. Other B&B's are lavish establishments, with spacious bedrooms and luxurious furnishings. The Pillars Retreat is a Mediterranean style country manor, nestled on 3 acres of landscaped gardens with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and countryside. With 4 luxurious ensuite guest bedrooms, free WiFi, salt water swimming pool, tennis court, large guest lounge, conservatory and outdoor patios, this is an experience all in itself.

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Some accommodations offer disabled facilities for the elderly or disabled. If disabled facilities are not mentioned it is important to check if they are able to cater to your needs prior to booking.

In high holiday seasons, public holidays and other key dates, accommodations in Taupo can become very quickly booked out. If you are planning travel to Taupo, it is best to book in early. Be aware that there may be surcharges for stays on public holidays.

Wharewaka Lodge Taupo

Wharewaka Lodge - Taupo Lodge

Wharewaka Lodge

Nestled in a pristine eco-friendly environment, Wharewaka Lodge offers absolute luxury lakefront accommodation in Taupo. This luxurious home includes 3 ensuite guest bedrooms with your choice of Super King, Queen or Super King/Twin beds. Wake to stunning views over Lake Taupo before enjoying a delicious breakfast provided for you. Wander through the gardens to the lake shore, before filling your day with the huge range of activites and attractions in and around Taupo. At the days end, return to your luxurious accommodation to watch the sun set over the lake once more.

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