The town of Taupo sits on New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo and this beautiful and serene body of water is reason enough to visit. The lake is actually a volcanic caldera formed following a massive eruption in the year 186 and is considered to be one of the most massive and violent eruptions known. Overlooking the lake are the cones of long extinct volcanoes, further evidence of the regions fiery past. To the south west Mt. Ruapehu in the Tongariro National Park can be seen. The town itself is a lively place with many shops, bars and cafes all catering for the traveller and visitor. A whole host of activities can be undertaken here such as bungy jumping, sky diving, fishing for trout in the lake and rivers, kayaking, sailing, horse riding and walking and hiking to name but a few. Just to the north of the town centre is the Wairakei geothermal power station and a little further north is Craters of the Moon, a geothermal wonderland where you can explore colourful sulphurous lakes, bubbling mud pools and hot water geysers from the safety of boardwalks. The nearby Huka Falls are a spectacular sight and a jet boat ride will give you a very exciting ride to view the thundering water from below.
The Huka Jet is 30 minutes of pure fun and exhilaration, skimming close to cliffs, sliding past trees, feeling the adrenalin of full 360 degree spins. The excitement continues right up to the base of the foaming Huka Falls, where you get a spectacular water level view to New Zealand's most visited natural attraction. Nothing compares to watching 220,000 litres per second tumbling over the cliff face towards you.
The water from the mighty Huka Falls runs down the Waikato River through a series of Hydro Power Stations. You'll get a view of the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station in the comfort of a powerful Chevrolet V8 jet boat. This unique Geothermal Power Station uses underground geothermal activity to produce hot steamy water. The Waikato Rivers beautiful environment is varied and unique and is New Zealand's longest river flowing north from our largest lake - Lake Taupō.
Located a few minutes north of Taupō is this geothermal park is known as "Craters of the Moon". There are well marked walkways with interpretive boards to guide you through one of the region's many active volcanic parks.
The North Island of New Zealand and Taupo specifically provides some of the most spectacular fly fishing in the world. Your specialist fly fishing guide has the local knowledge and expertise to show you how and where to fulfil your dreams of catching a Rainbow or Brown Trout. Whether you're a novice or long-time fishermen you're sure to enjoy your Taupo fly fishing experience. There are many streams and rivers flowing in and out of Lake Taupo and your guide will take you to the area most suitable to your abilities and time constraints.
Includes: Full day guided fly fishing, (8 hours including travel time) transport, licences, lunches, waders, fishing tackle. You will be met at your accommodation by your experienced guide. The full day gives you the opportunity to fish the world renowned Tongariro River. On the rivers "catch and release" is encouraged, however there are still some great photo opportunities.
Your half day charter includes a 4 hour private charter on stunning Lake Taupo and delicious luncheon on board with wine and beverages. Stop and see the Maori rock carvings - only accessible by water. Swimming is available during the summer months and clay target shooting is available on request if conditions are suitable. You can also try your hand at trout fishing (optional).
Ranked in 2013 in the Top 100 in the World by Golf Course Architecture Magazine, The Kinloch Club was also rated on opening in 2007 as the top new golf course outside North America by the prestigious US Travel and Leisure Golf Magazine. The Golden Bear visited Kinloch to oversee construction of his signature Championship golf course and returned to The Kinloch Club in February of 2008 to play the course for the first time since completion. Jack was extremely happy with how his vision had come to fruition and was greatly impressed with the maturity of the golf course after it's 'grow in' stage. The Kinloch Club (Nicklaus signature golf course) is the only Nicklaus designed golf course in New Zealand.
Taupo Golf Club offers golfers a unique golfing experience with two 18 hole golf courses on offer year round, along with modern facilities and services to provide you with a wonderful golfing experience in Taupo. Their courses are located close to Taupo township and situated in a mature park setting amongst thermal activity and under the eye of Mt Tauhara. For more details see www.taupogolf.co.nz
The North island's most popular bungy jump is a real blast. The unique cantilever platform projects out from the cliff-top, above the inviting waters of the Waikato River below. Whether you choose to bungy solo or tandem, the highly trained crew pride themselves in providing you with an exhilarating and safe bungy experience. If you want to add even more thrills to your jump, why not try a water touch?
Lake Taupo has a massive capacity of approximately 59 cubic kilometres and its only outlet is the Waikato River. At Huka, just north of the town centre the Waikato River is forced through a narrow volcanic rock chasm. The resulting spectacle is compounded as this massive volume of water surges towards the falls. A jet boat ride is a fun and thrilling way to see this geographic wonder or a short walk from the car park will position you onto a viewing platform. Close to the falls (look for the signs) is the Prawn Farm and here you can enjoy a prawn feast.
Enter a world where elegant and generous hospitality meets sophistication and style - creating a welcoming haven. Founded in the 1920s, Huka Lodge is considered to be The iconic New Zealand retreat.
The rooms are harmonious and deliberately simple in approach, designed to allow the beauty of the landscape to dominate, while providing soft light and layers of luxury.
Activities available within the Lodge include tennis, petanque and croquet. There is a swimming pool and two spa pools and for the adventurous mountain bikes and helmets are available for your use. There are a range of spa treatments available, please enquire at reception for current prices.
Cuisine continues to define the iconic nature of the experience at Huka Lodge. Over the years Huka Lodge has been fortunate to have had many outstanding chefs, cooking superb food for its guests. The tradition of generous and fine hospitality is deeply embedded within the Huka Lodge philosophy and the quality of this bears testament to our commitment.
Current Executive Chef, Michel Louws, comes from a prestigious history of Michelin ranked restaurants, including his last role as Head Chef of T-Veerhuis in the Netherlands which achieved 1 Michelin star during his tenure.
On the banks of the beautiful Waikato River, just minutes from Taupo town centre, you will find the iconic and unique family playground, of Huka Prawn Park. With acres of land dedicated to the production of New Zealand fresh water prawns, and pure family fun, Huka Prawn Park offers a day of fun and excitement for all ages. Enjoy a guided tour of the Nursery & Hatchery and learn about 'Shawn the Prawn' and his seven wives. Explore the park to find fun activities and adventures around every turn! Sit back and relax while soaking your feet in the foot bath, or head to the fishing ponds to try your luck at landing the feisty prawn. And finally take in the magnificent view from the stunning riverside restaurant while feasting on a 3 course lunch including mouthwatering prawns.
Cruise the spectacular Great Lake Taupo to the remarkable Maori Rock Carvings and around the picturesque bays of Lake Taupo. Your captain will provide an informative and entertaining commentary on the volcanic creation of Lake Taupo and the Maori mythology of the region. Marvel at the amazing views of hidden bays and the spectacular snow-capped mountain peaks of Tongariro National Park. Your boat is fully enclosed so you will stay warm while still being able to take those fantastic holiday pictures.
Departing from Taupo, this tour combines some of the North Island's most majestic alpine scenery with a remote landing in the Kaimanawa Range wilderness area. This truly amazing experience includes up close and stunning views of the World Heritage volcanoes; Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. Bring a camera to photograph Ruapehu's steaming Crater Lake, historic lava flows, inspiring glacial valleys and dramatic volcanic formations, some of which are only visible from the air. Continuing on, experience a remote wilderness landing to enjoy the beauty and solitude of the crystal clear Rangitikei River; home to trophy sized Rainbow Trout. Flights to and from this area, reveal breath-taking views of Lake Taupo and its surrounding environment. This tour will take approximately 90 minutes.