A unique history, interwoven with legends and stories from a time past, has formed the identity of the remarkable Great Lake Taupō region. Many of the stories and customs of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa iwi (tribe) relate to the stunning natural environment and its fascinating historical landmarks. Lake Taupō is considered to be the heart of the North Island. To the south of Lake Taupō lie the majestic volcanic peaks of Tongariro National Park, themselves carrying legends from long ago. Visitors are drawn to the region’s geothermal hot pools, beautiful secluded bays and world class tourist activities like jet boating, skydiving, white water rafting, bungy jumping and scenic boat cruises. The region is also home to excellent hiking, cycling and mountain biking trails. Find out more at GreatLakeTaupo.com

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Taupō Domestic Airport

Backyard Tours

+64 22 314 2656

Your journey begins with our unique Māori cultural experience as we share our local knowledge & stories with you as we transport you by shuttle to New Zealand’s BEST one day trek, the “Tongariro Alpine Crossing”. Complimentary photography, walking poles and refreshment is offered. Backyard Tours provides passenger transport in and around Turangi, Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Central Plateau Whakapapa, Tongariro National Park, Taupo, Rotorua, or at your request.

Hukafalls Jet

0800 485 253

Operating on this stretch of the river since 1990, Hukafalls Jet has an outstanding record of professionalism and safety. The half hour of thrills, fun and excitement takes you along a beautiful river environment, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and natural hot springs. Combine 360° spins and passing nature by incredibly close at disorientating speeds for an amazing must-do visitor experience, before even reaching the awe inspiring majesty that is the Huka Falls. From the unique vantage point on the jet boat you have the best water level view of Huka Falls.

Native Xperience

+64 27 5566 071

From the novice to the most expert fisherman, our native tour guides will take you to some of the most natural settings on the Waitahanui River. Our guides can take you to the upper reaches of the river, which offers the chance for anglers to get away from the crowds and fish in solitude in a beautiful tranquil setting. If you are not a fishing enthusiast then not to worry as Native Xperience has a variety of other activities that you can enjoy including bush walks, making Māori rongoa (medicine), Māori arts & crafts or even make your own hangi.

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