Tiki Touring New Zealand Travel
One Tree Hill in Auckland

Visit Tiki Touring for the best ideas of where to stay and what to do in New Zealand

- Visitor Information -
Map of New Zealand
Currency Converter
Car Hire
Distances Between Cities
City & Street Maps
Inter City Coachlines
City-by-city Events
City Hotel Search
City-by-city Hotels
Where to Eat Guide
Latest Tour Deals
NZ Duty Free
- Major NZ Cities -
Where to Stay
What to Do
AA Map of Auckland
Street Maps
Transport Journey Planner
(Bus and train timetables)
Inter City Bus Timetables
Climb Auckland Harbour Bridge
Latest Tour Deals
Auckland Airport
Flight information
Wellington Suggestions
Wellington Sights & Events
Wellington Hotels
Christchurch Suggestions
Christchurch Sights & Events
Christchurch Hotels
Dunedin Suggestions
Dunedin Hotels
Dunedin Tours
- Regions of NZ -
Bay of Plenty
Rotorua Suggestions
Rotorua Sights & Events
Rotorua Hotels
Tauranga Sights and Events
Tauranga Suggestions
Tauranga Hotels
Mt Maunganui Suggestions
Mt Maunganui Hotels
Akaroa Tours
Kaikoura Hotels
Coromandel Suggestions
Coromandel Hotels
Thames Hotels
Hawke's Bay
Hastings Hotels
Hastings Tours
Napier Hotels
Napier Suggestions
Napier Tours
Palmerston North Hotels
Blenheim Hotels
Blenheim Tours
Nelson Hotels
Nelson Tours
Picton Hotels
Picton Tours
North of Auckland
Bay of Islands Ideas
Bay of Islands Hotels
Bay of Islands Tours
Russell Tours
Paihia Tours
Whangarei Hotels
Far North Hotels
Arrowtown Hotels
Cromwell Hotels
Fox Glacier Hotels
Fox Glacier Tours
Franz Josef Hotels
Franz Josef Tours
Queenstown Suggestions
Queenstown Hotels
Queenstown Tours
Te Anau Hotels
Te Anau Tours
Wanaka Hotels
Wanaka Tours
Poverty Bay
Gisborne Hotels
Taranaki Hotels
Taranaki Suggestions
New Plymouth Hotels
Wanganui Hotels
Taupo Hotels
Taupo Suggestions
Ohakune Hotels
Hamilton Hotels
Hamilton Tours
Waikato Suggestions
Waitomo Caves
Waitomo Hotels
Waitomo Tours
Other Links
Travel Links


A Lakeside Playground

What's On in Taupo



Great Adventure Ideas
Taupo Highlights
What's to do in Taupo
Hotels and Accommodation in Taupo
Central Plateau
Rotorua Highlights
Adventure in Rotorua

Photos of Rotorua

Adventure Photos of Rotorua
Sightseeing, Tours, Attractions in Rotorua
Hotels and Accommodation in Rotorua

Book a trip out to White Island
Book a trip out to White Island with transfers from Rotorua
Book a trip out to White Island with transfers from Tauranga
Book a trip out to Moutohora Island Sanctuary

By Richard Moore

Taupo's Huka FallsLake Taupo is New Zealand's largest lake and is a picturesque and welcoming part of the world at any time of year.

In summer it is a watersports, fishing and adventure mecca, while on a crisp, clear winter's day the sight of the blue waters with a snow-capped mountain backdrop is amazing.

And for a fabulous voyage on the lake hop aboard the Ernest Kemp steamer. It is fabulous.

It looks serene, but Lake Taupo was actually formed by one of the greatest volcanic eruptions the world has ever suffered.

It was 100 times more powerful than Krakatoa and when you consider its waters cover more than 600 square kilometre area - that's one big crater.

But that goes way back in time, almost 30,000 years and today the lake is regarded as being the world's trout-fishing capital.

There are several fly-fishing guides based in Taupo and while not what you'd call cheap at around $450 a day the thrill of catching some of the huge trout living there will get anglers' wallets out faster than lightning.

There are also boats to charter at reasonable hourly rates and you can hire all the fishing gear you need in town. Taupo's Craters of the Moon

For the adventure lovers among us there is sky diving, bungy jumping, mountainboarding (think of a mix of skate and snowboarding with a bit of mountain biking thrown in) and gliding.

Kayaking is very popular on Lake Taupo and white-water rafting is terrific as New Zealand's longest river, the Waikato, stems from its reservoir and hurls itself over some pretty fine rapids in the area.

If nature is more your cup of tea then there are magnificent hiking tracks around Lake Taupo, including the highly rated ones to Aratiatia and Mt Tauhara.

There are plenty of things to do at Taupo other than gaze at the scenery and they include the awesome Huka Falls, the Craters of the Moon, and the Tongariro Trout Centre.

The Huka Falls are amazing. The mighty Waikato pours through a natural rock funnel at over 220,000 litres of water a second creating a spectacular waterfall and churning, foaming blue and green water.

Taupo's Orakei KorakoThere is a bridge you can walk over to get to the other side of the falls from the carpark and if you follow a path around further you get some sensational photos.

If you are lucky you'll have one of the Huka Jetboats approach the falls while you are there and that adds to your pictorial opportunities.

Of course, for thrill-seekers you can always hop aboard one and get taxied to almost under the thundering falls.

For a touch of the prehistoric then the Craters of the Moon are well worth stopping to look at. They are steaming pits of mud and water and you can wander through them on at your leisure on a sturdy boardwalk.

Both the Huka Falls and Craters of the Moon are just north of Taupo - some five kilometres - on State Highway 1. Also there is an amazing Prawn Park that is well worth a visit.

Taupo is about one hour's drive south of Rotorua in the central North Island and one of the geothermal gems in the area is Orakei Korako.

It is between the two cities and has striking examples of coloured silica terraces. There are also geysers and the green-water filled Ruatapu Cave.

An hour south of Taupo is the New Zealand Army Museum at Waiouru. This is a really interesting museum that charts NZ's military history. Good displays of the various weapons, uniforms and action are on show.

Lake TaupoGetting there is also fun with a drive down the famed Desert Road. Tussock fields spread around you and to the west are the mighty mountains of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe.


Copyright Richard Moore 2009 | Contact Us | Currency Converter | About Us | Privacy Policy |