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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
“The Mighty Waikato River flows from the Great Lake Taupo - down the river called the Waikato River. See the fabulous historic Huka Falls. Or take a walk from Spa Park to the Falls. Or take a walk from the Falls to Aratiatia Rapids. Great for all the family.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Café
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“Nice ambience and excellent food. Specialises in sharing platters and they are divine! Apart from platters they also have a good variety of other dishes. Bookings are usually essential if you want to avoid waiting. It's a popular place. ”
  • 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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“Beautiful cafe and gallery in Acacia bay. Tasty food and unique art pieces.”
  • 39 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
“This thermal park has great walks and mountain bike tracks as well as the natural hot pools. The pools have recently been upgraded and there are lockers available as well as a container type cafe available. Do use the lockers provided as this area is a spot where lots of things have been reported stolen. This is a cool little spot to experience the natural hot water pools.”
  • 35 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.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Exceptional food - off the beaten track and one of our favourite restaurants in Taupo. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Athletics & Sports
“Within walking distance from Gold on Gillies airbnb, this is a great place to chill out, have a pizza (amazing), a few drinks, listen to live music on Sunday afternoons and other advertised music jams.... Right on the lake!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Stunning food, great service and a wonderful outdoor patio area for summer, or couches in front of the fire for winter. ”
  • 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 ”
  • 32 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.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Resort
“The best geothermal hot pools in Taupo. Pools and spa. Only 5mins drive from the Bach. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Cafe
“Lots of healthy and delicious food options. Amazing lake and mountain views.”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Nice ambience and excellent food. Specialises in sharing platters and they are divine! Apart from platters they also have a good variety of other dishes. Bookings are usually essential if you want to avoid waiting. It's a popular place. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Exceptional food - off the beaten track and one of our favourite restaurants in Taupo. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Stunning food, great service and a wonderful outdoor patio area for summer, or couches in front of the fire for winter. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Award winning chef, one of the few restaurants who have been rated nationally. Bookings recommended.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A very popular night spot with a great range of eating and drinking options. ”
  • 19 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”
  • 12 locals recommend
Pub
“only real late night bar option If you have to see some live bands playing!”
  • 6 locals recommend

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