Although Taupo offers activities throughout the year, the peak travel season generally falls between November and March. These are the warmest months in Taupo, with temperatures generally in the 15 and 21 degrees C. The warm weather tends to draw crowds, though, and with school breaks falling during this time, Taupo becomes a major holiday destination during these months. The off-season falls between June and August, when temperatures are at their lowest. Travellers who want to beat the crowds and still enjoy somewhat warm weather should plan to visit during the shoulder season months of September, October, April and May. The crowds are much more tolerable during these months, and temperatures are still enjoyable in the 10 degree C region, on average.
The outdoors beckon on New Zealand’s North Island, especially when it comes to visiting the picturesque town of Taupo. Here, forces of nature are hard at work, creating a majestic backdrop for both leisure and adventure travellers. From the lakes and waterfalls to the incredible volcanoes surrounding the town, there is certainly no shortage of natural beauty to enjoy in Taupo.
A visit to this New Zealand town must include a trip to Huka Falls, where the Waikato River – the widest in New Zealand – is squeezed into a narrow rapid and gushes over a cliff with incredible force and volume. When it comes to sightseeing in Taupo, visitors should also include the geothermal hotbed that is Craters of the Moon, where tourists can walk through an active geothermal field filled with steam vents and bubbling mud pools. Tongariro National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, as the oldest national park in the country, offers a rich cultural and natural history.
For travellers who enjoy being more hands-on during their travels, Taupo and its wealth of adrenaline-pumping activities are sure to please. The views of Taupo’s volcano-lined landscape can be enjoyed through both bungee jumping and skydiving, depending on how adventurous the itinerary will be. For those who prefer to keep their feet a little closer to the ground, Taupo offers plenty of options, too. Lake Taupo buzzes with a flurry of water activities, including boating, cruising, sailing and fishing, while the abundance of natural landscape makes for beautiful hiking opportunities.
Taupo is a fairly easy town to get around. Walking is feasible between many of Taupo’s popular tourist spots, and there is also a shuttle bus that connects riders to the town’s attractions hourly. Taxis can be arranged by telephone through several local providers, while segways, bicycles and scooters are all available to hire.
Taupo Airport (TUO) serves the town and is located five miles (8km) south of Taupo. Air New Zealand is the only airline that flies into this airport. There is an airport shuttle with door-to-door service available. Hire cars can also be arranged.