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Things to do in Taupo

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Natural Feature
“A sight not to be missed. You can make the hike from Spa Park to the falls if you feel like a bit of exercise. The return trip is approximately 6 kms. You walk along side the Waikato river until you reach the ravine which creates Huka Falls. A phenomenon of natural hydro power with more that 220,000 litres of water per second comes barreling over the 11 meter high waterfall. There are many options to view the amazing power of the falls. You can drive, walk or make it an adventure and take a jet boat ride or river cruise. The Huka Falls car park is about 1.6 kilometers north of Taupo. A bus from Taupo passes several times a day on a circuit of local attractions. A brochure for this can be located in the folder on the dining table at Birdsong.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Café
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“Mediterranean style tapas menu (as well as mains/desserts) and an extensive cocktail and wine menu. On the higher end of the budget but I great atmosphere and vining decor. One for the adults. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
River
“It's amazing to see the volume of water feeding New Zealand's largest river, the mighty Waikato. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Café
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“Great coffee, great food and mosaic garden with great photo opportunities, have a walk around ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Pretty little museum displaying all the local history as well as recreation of Chelsea Flower Show Gold Ora garden. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Park
“Take a stroll, or a run, through Spa Park where you'll find tracks that follow alongside the mighty Waikato river and through native bush and trees - watch out for native tuis and fantails playing in the canopy overhead.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Nature
“Also, a must to go on a lake tour, have a go at fishing for trout! and see the rock carvings. Drive to one of our lake bays for a picnic and swim with mountain views or just relax on the water front. Fantastic.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Exceptional food - off the beaten track and one of our favourite restaurants in Taupo. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“Whether a morning coffee and muffin as you walk around the lakefront or a woodfired pizza and glass of wine as the sun goes down, the 2 Mile Bay Sailing Centre is a great visit; sit and enjoy the views and on Sunday afternoons they have live local musicians - a spot that lets you enjoy all the natural beauty Taupo has to offer.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A good bistro type place to go. Good for a drink and bar snacks but also good for a meal. Its not fine dinning but has good bistro type meals and good sized platters. Its cozy and warm in winter. It is also open for lunch. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Take a boat trip or kayak on the magnificent Lake Taupo on our doorstep. Popular spot for tourists are the Maori Rock Carvings in Mine Bay. Or just go swimming anywhere along the shores of Lake Taupo ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Place to eat
“always get best service food is always 100% the service is outstanding the atmosphere is lovely indoor seating or outdoor seating in winter always have heaters on and supply blankets for your lap have yummiest deserts always feel happy at Dixie browns ”
  • 28 locals recommend
Hot Spring
“Reasonably priced, lovely to ease those aches and pains if you have been tramping, fishing or skiing.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Award winning chef, one of the few restaurants who have been rated nationally. Bookings recommended.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Resort
“Taupo DeBretts hot springs is a natural mineral pools set amongst beautiful landscaped resort surroundings. It's a perfect spot to relax and soother tired, aching muscles. Temperature range of 38 to 41 degrees and is open 365 days of the year Prices range from $23.00 per adult to Children 3 and under $3.00.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Cafe
“Lots of healthy and delicious food options. Amazing lake and mountain views.”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Mediterranean style tapas menu (as well as mains/desserts) and an extensive cocktail and wine menu. On the higher end of the budget but I great atmosphere and vining decor. One for the adults. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Exceptional food - off the beaten track and one of our favourite restaurants in Taupo. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A good bistro type place to go. Good for a drink and bar snacks but also good for a meal. Its not fine dinning but has good bistro type meals and good sized platters. Its cozy and warm in winter. It is also open for lunch. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Award winning chef, one of the few restaurants who have been rated nationally. Bookings recommended.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A very popular night spot with a great range of eating and drinking options. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Molecular Gastronomy Restaurant
“10 minute walk to our local restaurant/pub with a good selection of beers and food.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Grab a beer or cocktail and sit outside and look at the sunset over the beautiful Lake Taupo”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pub
“This is now called Finns Bistro and Bar with new owners - great for a chilled out beer or 2!”
  • 7 locals recommend

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