Adventure sports are big in Taupo, and whether you have experience or want to try something totally new, this central North Island city offers lots of opportunities. Travelers who want a more sedate experience will also find gentle, water-based sightseeing attractions. Here’s how to plan your two days in Taupo.
Taupo’s scenery is one of its highlights, so spend this morning taking it in. Travelers seeking a serious thrill can get a bird’s-eye view of the caldera lake and surrounding area on a tandem skydive over Lake Taupo, formed by a supervolcanic eruption centuries ago. Alternatively, join a white-water-rafting or jet-boat trip for a less terrifying thrill.
Change the pace in the afternoon by renting a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or hop on a sightseeing cruise on Lake Taupo. Whichever you choose, the contemporary Maori stone carvings in a corner of the lake are a lovely spot to check out while paddling or sailing past.
If you didn’t opt for an afternoon sightseeing cruise on Lake Taupo, join an evening one instead. In town on a Friday night? Grab dinner at the Friday Night Food Market and tuck in while strolling along the lakefront.
The central North Island is a geothermal wonderland, with hot mud pools, bubbling waters, steaming vents, otherworldly colors, and some interesting smells. Spend your second day in Taupo at a geothermal park just outside the city, and learn about this geological phenomenon, as well as how the local Maori people have used geothermal resources over the centuries.
Warm up—or cool down—at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort in the afternoon. The geothermal water park offers private bathing rooms and outdoor public pools that are warmed to different temperatures. Kids can also enjoy waterslides and other water features.
Taupo has a lively, backpacker party scene, so whether you want to grab a local beer (or two) on your last evening in the city and call it an early night or dance into the wee hours, you’re covered.