Taupo
New Zealand
By Jessica Howell

Mystical, mesmerizing, and spectacular are all words to describe New Zealand’s dramatic landscape.  Located in farthest corner of the globe, New Zealand is an independent country just south east of the Australia.   The youngest country on earth is comprised of two islands that contain some of the most diverse landscapes in the world.  Here you will find snow capped mountains dotted with electric emerald lakes, plush green forests dissected by raging rapids, and the steamy peaks of an active volcanic landscape.  If you are looking for the adventure of a lifetime, WhatsCheaper.com invites you to begin booking your trip to Taupo, New Zealand today!

WhatsCheaper.com suggests booking an international flight direct into Sydney International Airport (SYD) then booking a domestic flight from there to Rotorua Airport (ROT).  Rotorua Airport is located just miles away from the Taupo town center and makes travel to the region easier than ever.  WhatsCheaper.com can help you book your flight here: (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php).  Also use WhatsCheaper.com for your hotel accommodation needs.  Click here to book your hotel today:  (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php). 

When you arrive in Taupo you will be greeted by breath taking vistas and friendly locals eager to show you their hospitality.  Don’t waste any time taking advantage of the plethora of outdoor activities Taupo has to offer.  WhatsCheaper.com recommends you begin your trip by visiting Tongariro National Park.  Established in 1887, Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s first national park, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This spectacular region gained much fame when one of the mountains in the park, Mount Ruapehu, was featured in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy.   Known as Mount Doom in the movie, Mount Ruapehu boasts many outdoor activities for you to enjoy during your trip to Taupo.  Ski down the snowcapped peaks of this active volcano, pedal one of its mountain bike trails, or hike its volcanic terrain.  Most people come here to conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crosssing, which is considered to be one of the best hiking treks in the world.  Treks can range anywhere from extended 10-day hikes, to easier day long trips.  Regardless of your athletic ability, there are many hiking options for everyone to enjoy.  You can also explore Tongariro Park by way of the Whanganui River and enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing, or white water rafting.   There are even special ‘Lord of the Rings’ walking tours that visit some of the landscapes featured in the box office hit.  Admission to the park is free but be prepared to pay for some tours and equipment rentals. 

If you are looking for a truly unique experience during your visit, you cannot leave Taupo without taking a guided tour of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.  Embark on a subterranean adventure to see thousands of glittering glow worms that can be found nowhere else in the world.  Enjoy a world famous boat ride through the caves as these tiny luminescent creatures sparkle above your head on the cave ceiling.  Learn all about the glow worm and the caves’ historical and geological significance from expert guides, who will even assist you in adjusting your camera to get the perfect picture of this amazing natural phenomenon.

Another popular tourist attraction is Huka Falls, where visitors come to gaze at the raging blue green water and listen to the thundering falls.  You can even see the falls up close if you are brave enough to take jet boat ride that is more reminiscent of a roller coaster.  If you’re looking for more adventure, WhatsCheaper.com suggests you head to Bulli Point to do some cliff diving; Lake Taupo style.  Finally, Lake Taupo skydiving is extremely popular for those adrenaline junkies seeking the ultimate thrill.

After a long day exploring the area’s natural wonders, sit back and relax at one of the towns many restaurants or cafes and enjoy some of New Zealand’s finest cuisine.  Drawing influences from Europe, Asia, and Polynesia, New Zealand’s cuisine has a unique range of flavors and food styles.  Although many people come to Taupo to enjoy the natural attractions, it is also a popular with those seeking an urban getaway. 

With an abundance of adrenaline activities and natural attractions to choose from, you will need a vacation from your vacation after your visit to Taupo.  The regions picturesque landscape, combined with world-class attractions, will assuredly be the vacation of a lifetime.  Use WhatsCheaper.com to start planning your trip to Taupo, New Zealand today and let the adventure begin.  

MUST SEE IN Taupo LIST:

  • 1. Tongariro National Park
  • 2. Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • 3. Huka Falls
  • 4. Bulli Point
  • 5. Taupo Museum
  • 6. Wairakei Terraces
  • 7. Maori Rock Carvings
  • 8. Craters of the Moon
  • 9. Waikite Valley Thermal Pools
  • 10. Waipahihi Botanical Reserve

Taupo EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Great Lake Relay – February
  • 2. Ironman New Zealand – March
  • 3. The Big Day Art – March
  • 4. Erupt Lake Taupo Festival – May
  • 5. Fire & Ice Festival – May
  • 6. Great Lakes Tales – July/August
  • 7. Graffiato – October
  • 8. The Big Ō – October
  • 9. Taupo Cycle World Day-Night Thriller – October
  • 10. Great Lake Cycle Challenge - November

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