Attractions and Activities

There is so much to see and do here in Taupo, Wharewaka Lodge will be pleased to help you with:

Geothermal Parks

Taupo is at the centre of New Zealand’s volcanic plateau. The area contains numerous parks where you can view geysers, mud pools, and colourful pink and white terraces formed by the silica in the thermal water.

Area Attractions

Tongariro National Park, a World eritage Park, and home to three volcanoes, many beautiful hikes, including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of the most spectacular one day hikes in the World.
Hawkes Bay, famous for its wine as well as the art deco architecture of Napier and several beautiful beaches.
Whakatane, where you can take a boat or helicopter the active volcano on White Island, charter a fishing boat for the day, or enjoy swimming in the Pacific Ocean at Ohope Beach.
Tongariro National Trout Centre, with a range of activities from fishing events to educational displays.
Craters of the Moon thermal walk.
Huka Falls, the spectacular outlet of Lake Taupo
The thermal valleys of Wai-O-Tapu and Waimangu
Waitomo Caves, famous for its black water rafting and glow worms.

Shopping and Cafés

The town of Taupo is relaxed and friendly, the range of local shops plus the national brand stores mixed with boutique specialty shops make it an experience in itself and offer a wide range of restaurants, both outdoor and indoor cafès, art galleries and shops.

Beauty Clinic’s & Day Spa’s

Spoil yourself and indulge a little while staying in Taupo. Facials, massages, beauty treatments and stunning products, you will look and feel amazing!!!

Wedding Venues

The back drop is breathtaking, the area is a photographers dream and Taupo really is a very romantic place. Get married and start your life together, find out more about this beautiful location!!


There is no doubt that Lake Taupo boasts some of the most beautiful rivers and streams in the world. Rainbow and Brown Trout fishing is exceptional, an experience seldom seen anywhere else. Guiding trips and charters can be easily arranged for personal tuition or for a large group. Travel by 4 x 4 vehicle, helicopter, boat, or Quad bike, a once in a lifetime moment awaits you!!


The Taupo area offers many exciting outdoor adventures. Try jet boating on the Waikato River through thermal valleys or to the famous Huka Falls, gliding, tandem sky diving, rafting, kayaking, sailing, 4-wheel driving (off-road), mountain biking, snowboarding or skiing, abseiling, bungy jumping, a rope assault course, rock climbing, parasailing, water skiing, horseback riding, to name a few.


Enjoyed not only for its perfect location and stunning scenery, Taupo has a strong sporting event reputation, including hosting the international Ironman, round the lake cycling, several triathlons, motor racing, and horse events at the Equestrian Centre.


The Lake Taupo region has plenty of choice here! Select from a fantastic range of authentic ethnic fare, pub-style meals or state of the art cordon bleu cuisine.

Cruising / Sailing / Jet Boating

Beautiful Lake Taupo with stunning bays and historic places can be explored and enjoyed many different ways. From the Maori rock carvings through to the Western Bays sail or cruise the relaxing way. Jet boat on the Waikato River through thermal areas or up to the Huka Falls, Lake Taupo’s only outlet to the sea.

Other Leisure Activities:


Choose from the world-renowned Wairakei International Golf Club, Taupo Golf Club, Centennial or Tauhara Golf courses – all within a 15-minute drive from the township of Taupo. The Jack Nicklaus International Golf Course is at nearby Kinloch in Taupo’s Western Bays, 20 minutes drive away.

Hiking / Walking

There are literally dozens of hikes available including around the lake, along the rivers, native bush and mountain trails. Maps for these hikes are available from Wharewaka Lodge or from the Taupo Information Centre on Tongariro Street.

Equestrian/Horse Riding

Fresh air, sunshine and adventure on horseback!!!

Airborne / Scenic experiences.

Take a trip in a fixed wing plane, float plane or helicopter over the Lake Taupo region and surrounding volcanoes, including the Tongariro National Park.

Lake Taupo Bed & Breakfast

Our eco friendly Lake Taupo Bed and Breakfast Accommodation provides sustainable, luxurious accommodation on the absolute lake front edge. Guests can wander down to the shores of the lake, or watch the sun set from their private balcony overlooking the lake.