Taupo in a Day Tour

Taupo is a town on the shore of Lake Taupo in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand.

TAUPO IN A DAY

On leaving Rotorua we drive past the start of the Kaiangaroa Forest (the largest man planted radiata pine tree forest in the Southern Hemisphere) and head south , stopping on the way to view the hot water lake adjacent to Rainbow Mountain before arriving at Wai O Tapu (Sacred Water).

Here our visit takes in a wonderland of colour and thermal activity. See the Champagne Pool and the famous Lady Knox Geyser, erupting at 10.15 am, daily. Also the largest Mud Lake in the world.

From here we proceed towards Taupo for a stop at the superb Lava Glass Blowing Factory / Showrooms and the spectacular Lava Glass Sculpture Garden.

We can then cross over to view the Aratiatia Rapids when at mid-day the gates of this dam on the Waikato River are opened and provide a spectacular view of rapids filling the valley.

After the rapids it is on to the famous and awesome Huka Falls, another of the wonders of the Waikato River.

We arrive at the Taupo Lookout at approximately 12.30 PM. On a clear day the Mountains of Tongariro National Park are visible (snow clad in the winter).  At this stage we relax and reflect on the wonders so far. After lunch some free time for a walk / shopping or just sit by the lake.

We will be departing the township at about 2.00pm .

A short stop at the NZ Honey Hive, where you get to see inside the bee hive, learn about the honey and join in the honey tasting. New Zealand fruit wines are also available for tasting. This is a very nice complex for all ages. Then to the Waiarakei Geothermal Bore fields Lookout. Time can be allowed for Jet Boat

TAUPO HALF DAY

Take advantage of a half day tour to see and experience attractions in the Taupo region. With either a Return to Rotorua or, if travelling onwards, be dropped off in Taupo.

Visit Wai O Tapu , Champagne Lake, Lady Knox Geyser and Mud Lake. Continue to the Aratiatia Dam, Lava Glass and Honey Hive and finally the awesome the Huka Falls

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS AVAILABLE TO HALF DAY TOUR of about 2 hours BEFORE RETURN TO ROTORUA

  1. HUKA FALLS RIVER CRUISE
    This departs at 12.30 PM after the viewing of the Aratiatia Dam and lasts approx. 1 1/2 hours. Undoubtedly the best way to view and photograph the Huka Falls. During the cruise you will learn of the history of the river, the bird life, geological features and much more.
  2. TAUPO BUNGY
    Experience NZ’s Highest Water Touch or the thrill of the Taupo Cliff Hanger
  3. HUKA ” PRAWN PARK (home of ” Shawn the Prawn”)
    On the banks of the beautiful Waikato River indulge in some Prawn fishing and walk through the adventure park and / or take advantage of the delicacies at the Riverside Restaurant
  4. WAIKITI HOT SPRINGS
    Experience the invigorating mineral waters and surrounding bush walk of the beautiful Waikiti Valley Thermal Pools. A relaxing end to your day.