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Experience New Zealand's Great Lake
We want to provide you with the perfect hire car that will give you a hassle free way to enjoy your holiday in Taupo. You can go whenever and wherever you like with the convenience of your car hire. If you are 'up the road' in Rotorua and would like to see the sights in Taupo, grab your vehicle there and drive over. Check out our Rotorua page for the best deals.
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Because of its central location, Taupo is known as an events centre. Find out what's on during your visit on our events page. In winter, Taupo is a good base for North Island skiing, in summer, there are lots of water based activities to enjoy, either on the lake, or from the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest waterway which originates at the lake.
There's tons of adventure activities in Taupo, which can be hard on the pocket. For some budget friendly ideas, hop over to our Cheap as Chips Taupo Road Trip page .
Your guide to exploring Taupo
Taupo is located on the shore of the largest lake in New Zealand. The magnificent Great Lake Taupo fills the crater of a dormant volcano formed by a violent eruption in 186 AD. This volcano had such an effect on the world that the ancient Romans & Chinese wrote about the darkening ash and smoke that enveloped the sky. To this day, you can find hot spots along the lake shore where you can have a warm soak. Taupo's vibrant tourism scene is centred on the lake and water activities, you'll find plenty of great things to do, and you can explore them at your own time and pace with your rental car. Just check out our selection below...
Taupo Bungy or Cliff Hanger
Address: 202 Spa Rd, Taupo
You will definitely get an adrenaline rush here. The 47 metre drop makes it New Zealand's highest water touch bungee on offer. Or, how about trying the ultimate swing experience, reaching up to 70 kmph over the Waikato river. A once in a lifetime experience!
Address: 1465 Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport, Taupo
Want to conquer your fear of heights? Do it 15,000 ft over the central North Island and experience the sensation of flying while enjoying coast to coast views of the country. Taupo Skydive is New Zealand's BEST Skydiving experience so make sure to plan your dive on a clear sky day to get the very best of your jump.
Huka Falls & Spa Park Walk (Otumuheke Stream)
Address: North of Taupo, Huka Falls Rd, Wairakei, Taupo
The Spa Walk is a two hour path which will take you to the impressive Huka Falls. The path includes a bridge over the naturally hot Otumuheke stream, where you can sit for a soak. Follow the sound of mighty Huka Falls roaring, and have your camera ready as they come into sight.
Taupo Motorsport Park
Address: Off Rd Hwy, Rotokawa
Bruce McLaren Taupo Motorsport Park is the country's premier driving training and motorsport facility. This is an international qualifying race circuit and NZDRA approved drag strip. Drive your car rental and witness the top world motorsport events, making Taupo Motorsport Park 'The Home of New Zealand Motorsport'.
Not only is this a place for adrenaline adventure, it is also a venue for conferences, corporate functions, driving training, and the ultimate race experience, Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park brings a different driving experience to New Zealand.
Click here for list of events and dates.
494 Orakeikorako Rd, Reporoa
This is one of New Zealand's best geothermal experiences. It is located between Taupo and Rotorua, but is nearer to Taupo, just a 25 minute drive away. Part of the experience is a ferry ride to the site, across a mystical, steaming lake. Marvel at the white silica sinter terraces, and follow boardwalks through impressive geothermal fields.
PLACES TO STAY
Sacred Waters Luxury Apartments
Address: 221 - 225 Lake Terrace, Taupo
Ranked #2 of the 72 Hotels in Taupo [Tripadvisor] This pristine accommodation offers nothing but the absolute best service, comfort, location, amenities and rooms you can get from a luxury apartment. With its gaping wide windows, you get the most picturesque, breath taking views of lake Taupo making this stay, and experience one to remember for a life time.
Taupo Urban Retreat
Address: 65 Heu Heu Street, Taupo
This accommodation will provide a memorable experience for backpackers with its urban village atmosphere and theme. Great facilities and service, with the added bonus of being easy on the pockets, allowing you to really enjoy the many attractions available in Taupo.
PLACES TO EAT
Address: 17 Tamamutu St, Taupo
Ranked #1 of 108 Restaurants in Taupo- Tripadvisor. A European Cuisine that has consistent top reviews such as..."Decent pricing for exceptional food and great service, everything that's ever been put in front of us has been perfection, and we keep coming back for favourites like the calamari dish, pork belly and duck!"
Open: Tues - Sun 5pm til late
Sierra Cafe Taupo
Address: 127 Tongariro Street, Taupo
This local favourite is the top ranked cafe in Taupo - Tripadvisor. And with its cute, quirky decor, large variety of food and friendly staff, makes for a top rate experience. So find out for yourself what all the fuss is about and score yourself a unique coffee friend like the one in the picture.
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Iconic annual events & festivals in Taupo
Where do you start? Taupo is known as the events capital of New Zealand, it's central position making it an ideal setting for a range of sporting, musical and cultural events.
Graffiato Street Art Festival
Every Labour Weekend, that's at the end of October, Taupo presents :Graffiato, New Zealand's premier street art festival featuring a collection of New Zealand's best and most recognised street artists.
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Late November
This is New Zealand's premier cycling event, best known for its 160 km circumnavigation of Lake Taupo. Every year, over 500 riders from 20 countries compete. There's a huge range in abilities, from New Zealand's elite cyclists, to weekend warriors who view this race as a bucket-list event.
Ironman Triathlon March
The facilities in Taupo are perfect for this iconic triathlon, which has been held here for nine years. The 1.9 km swim is held in the lake, the 90 kilometre bike ride rolls through the rural landscape, and the marathon-length run leg is on lake-side paths lined with supporters.
Lake Taupo Summer Concert
Every year, at the end of January, Taupo hosts a major concert on the shores of the lake.
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