Recommended Local Attractions
AC Baths and Events Centre
Off Spa Rd. Pools, hydro slides, climbing wall, café. Open daily.
Taupo Airport. Fun for all the family. Open daily during summer. Check hours for winter months.
Craters of the Moon
6kms north of Taupo, boiling mud and steam. Adults $6, child (5 - 12 years) $2.50.
Flightseeing and Charter
Fixed wing, helicopter, float plane, glider, flights to anywhere.
Huka Falls River Cruise
The best way to view and photograph Huka Falls.
Huka Falls Jet
Jet boating to the spectacular Huka Falls. Departs half hourly.
Huka Falls Winery
Huka Falls Rd. Wine tastings available to private groups. Bookings essential.
Huka Prawn Park
Wairakei Park. Shawn’s walk, hatchery tour, prawn fishing. Bar and grill also open daily.
Kitenui Deer Farm
Groups by appointment only. NZ’s largest collection of stags’ antlers.
Story Place. “Ora Garden of Wellbeing”. Art galleries, displays, exhibitions. Open 10am - 4.30pm daily. Adults $5.
Taupo - Rotorua Rd. Glass blowing demonstrations, art glass gallery. Open daily from 10am.
Lilliput Farm Fun and Animal Park
136 Link Rd. An unbelievable piece of 10 acres of farmland and kiwi culture for everyone. Hand feed the animals, birds, picnic and play area. Open weekdays 10am - 2pm, weekends and holidays 10am - 4pm.
Maori Concerts (Wairakei Terraces)
Check with the Taupo and Turangi Visitor Centres.
Maori Rock Carvings
Mine Bay, viewable only by boat. Carvings tell of Tuwharetoa tribe’s arrival in the area. Cruises 10.30am, 2pm (also 5pm summer).
Giant maze, golf simulator, model railway, café and puzzle shop. Open 10am - 5pm, 7 days. Cnr SH 5 (Rotorua Rd) and Palmer Mill Rd.
Four wheel adventure bikes.
Only significant island in Lake Taupo, once a fortified pa of Ngati Tuwharetoa; ancient urepa (burial ground) and burial cave registered with the Historic Places Trust.
Orakei Korako Geyserland and Caves
Thermal activity. Open daily.
Rangitaiki Tavern and Restaurant
SH 5, Rangitaiki. The gateway to hunting, fishing on the plateau. Home to the “Bugger Burger”. Camping ground with power sites and cabins.
Jet boating the Waikato River below the Aratiatia Dam.
Rock ’n’ Ropes
At Wairakei Park by Honey Hive. High and low ropes course, adventurous, challenging.
Tours of local attractions, plus day tours to Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Tongariro National Park and other top spots.
Operates next to Mini Golf on Lake Terrace.
Freefall at 200kph attached to a qualified tandem instructor.
Taupo Bungy and Cliff Hanger
Spa Rd. Bookings advisable.
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo - Napier Highway. Stunning views over the volcanic zone the resort has a bed for every budget. Onsite are the famous Taupo Hot Springs thermal complex, Taupo DeBretts. Stay, soak, soother and savour. Waterslide, warm water interactive playground, therapeutic massage. Open daily.
Taupo Lions Train
Tongariro South Domain. Operates during school holidays and most weekends, weather permitting.
Volcanic Activity Centre
At Wairakei. Audio visuals and displays showing the North Island’s volcanic and geothermal features. Open 9am - 5pm week days, 10am - 4pm weekends.
Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland
Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley
Open 7 days.
View blue alum pools, man made geyser and terraces, red mud pools, carvings and animal park. Evening cultural performances. Open daily from 9am.
On Ruapehu St. A 4D rafting adventure simulator. Open daily 9am - 7pm.
Free Local & District Attractions
Turn left just past the bridge on the road to Rotorua.
Turn right off SH 5 (Rotorua Rd) north of Wairakei. The floodgates are opened 10am, 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm daily Oct 1 - Mar 31; 10am, 12 noon, 2pm daily Apr 1 - Sept 30.
At the top of Shepherd Rd. Open daily until dusk.
Honey Hive NZ
Open daily 9am to 5pm. Wairakei Park 6kms north of Taupo. Fun and souvenirs for all the family. Abuzz with activity! Also NZ Fruit Wines.
5kms north of Taupo, off SH 1. Spectacular views.
Cnr SH 1 and Huka Falls Rd 1km north of town. Unparalleled views of Taupo, the lake and mountains.
Lakefront, south end of Tongariro St through the Reid carvings. Views across the lake to the mountains.
Native Plant Nursery and Wholesale Garden Centre
Centennial Dr, open 8.30am - 4.45pm daily.
Jet boating, horse trekking, thermal activity, honey village and more. Open 7 days.
Lake & River Recreation
Hire boats, tours, charters.
Charter or Hire
Float plane, water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, catamarans, mini keelers, windsurfers, yachts.
Guided trips on the Waikato River or Lake Taupo to the rock carvings.
White water rafting on the Tongariro, Rangitaiki and Wairoa Rivers.
Fly fishing, harling, trolling. Tackle, guides, instruction, charter boats available. Kayaking, guided lake and river options. Bookings at the boat harbour or visitor centre.
Equipment, charter boats.
Land & Forest Recreation
Spa Thermal Park, Spa Rd.
Taupo Community Park, cnr Heuheu and Titraupenga Sts.
Tongariro North Domain, Tongariro St and Story Pl.
4 Mile Bay and near Lake Aratiatia. Electric barbecues at 2 Mile Bay and on the lakefront.
Mountain bikes. See Visitor Centre.
Wetlands, forest wonderlands.
Courses to suit all levels. Mini golf and hole in one challenge on lakefront.
Guided horse treks.
Pig, deer, small game.
Craters of the Moon, Waikato River Trails and the Great Lake Trail (Whakaipo, Kinloch, Kawakawa, Whangamata Rd). Maps of these are available from the Taupo i-SITE and bike shops.
Snowphone 0-900-75466 for updated weather.
Starlight Cinema Centre multiple cinema complex, Horomatangi St. All the latest movies.
Many excellent spots.
Good shopping in Taupo.
Taupo Visitor Centre can help.
Tauhara Road, just off Spa Rd.
Most sports catered for.
Sights, Picnics, Outdoor Activities
Desert Road (SH 1)
11kms north of Waiouru on SH 1. Scenic, picnics.
25.8kms south of Taupo on SH 1. Tennis, fishing, swimming, picnics.
Karioi State Forest HQ
15kms west from Waiouru on SH 49. Information, hunting (within Karioi State Forest).
Kuratau Rest Area
10kms west of Turangi on SH 41.
Lake Otamangakau and Dam
0.7km east from SH 47/Lake Rotoaira Rd junction, 5kms from main road. Fishing, swimming, boat ramp.
3kms along SH 47 north east from SH 48 turnoff.
24kms north of Ohakune on SH 4.
On SH 47. Picnic, scenic.
2kms along SH 47 north east of SH 48 turnoff. Ten minute walk from AA signpost.
10kms north of Turangi on SH 1. Accommodation, boat ramp, boats for hire and charter, café.
21kms north of Turangi on SH 1. Picnic, swimming, fishing, boat ramp, water ski lane, walk from motor camp (20 minutes).
2kms from Turangi, SH 41, turn right after Tokaanu tail race. Walk (30 minutes return), picnic, fishing.
Difficult to find, seek advice from Department of Conservation at Turangi phone 386 8607.
15kms from Turangi on SH 41, 3kms via Omori Rd. Picnic, swimming, walk, boat ramp.
11kms from Turangi (11.7kms from SH 47/Lake Rotoaira Rd junction). Historic, scenic, picnic, Rotoaira/Tokaanu intake, boat ramp.
11kms north of Turangi on SH 1. Fishing, swimming, boat ramp.
18kms from Turangi on SH 41. Boat ramp, swimming, picnics, walk.
Rangipo Intake Road
Industrial (intake structure), popular fishing area.
7kms north of National Park. Raurimu Spiral, horse treks, camping trips, fishing.
Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre
14kms down SH 47 from SH 48 turnoff, 4kms down sign¬posted road (4kms south of SH 47/Lake Rotoaira Rd junction). Group outdoor activities by prior arrangement. Phone 386 5511.
7kms north of Turangi off SH 1. Swimming, toilets, yacht club.
Te Ponanga Saddle Road (SH 47) Lookout
3kms west of SH 41/47 turnoff. Scenic walk.
Scenic, thermal bathing pools and marina, walk (20 minutes around thermal park), boat ramps.
Tongariro National Trout Centre and Museum
5kms south of Turangi on SH 1. Viewing chamber, children’s fishing pond. Museum covers history of trout fishing on the Tongariro River, open 7 days 10am - 4pm, free entry. Children’s fishing days one Sunday a month April to Oct, bookings at River Walk Visitor Centre, 386 8085 (10am - 3pm daily), fax 386 8490.
Tongariro River Trail
A 14km walk/bike from the Turangi i-SITE along the Tongariro River and return.
Top ’O Bruce/Iwikau Village
6kms from Whakapapa Village. Skifield, guided walks to crater lake during summer.
Visitor Centre (Kaimanawa State Forest Park, Tongariro National Park, industrial development, history, general), open 7 days. Fishing, scenic flights, golf, white water rafting, horse treks, play-ground, picnic, covered swimming pool, climbing wall. Phone 386 8999.
17kms from ranger station on Ohakune Mountain Rd.
8kms from Turangi via SH 41 and signposted side road. Scenic, historic. Private village, no entry, can be viewed from the lakeside at Tokaanu. St Werenfrid Church service 7.30am Sunday.
Queen Elizabeth II Army Memorial Museum (allow at least 2 hours round trip), golf courses.
26kms from Waiouru, 38kms south of Turangi via SH 1, 5.5kms from turnoff. Picnic, scenic, fishing, swimming, camping. Easy riverside track into the Kaimanawa Forest.
Waitetoko Boat Ramp
13kms north of Turangi on SH 1. Swimming, fishing.
35kms from Turangi on SH 41, turn off at summit and follow access road to lookout. Not suitable for caravans and campervans. Picnic, scenic.
1km east from SH 47/Lake Rotoaira Rd junction, 3kms from main road, 18kms from SH 47/48 junction. Dams and intakes, boat ramps.
White Water Rafting
On the Tongariro River. Grade 3. For bookings call the Visitor Centre 386 8999.
Walks & Tramps
5kms north east from SH 47/48 turnoff (13kms from SH 47/Lake Rotoaira Rd junction). Not suitable for caravans. Scenic, walks 20 - 25 minutes to hut (walk standard), access to tramping area, valley.
Mangatepopo Camp School
South west of Turangi 2kms along SH 47 (5kms from SH 47/Lake Rotoaira Rd junction). Phone 386 5598.
13kms from Ohakune ranger station, Waitonga Falls 11kms from ranger station. Walk (standard) 2 hours return.
Fishing, swimming, mountain biking, horse treks. Walks: Fisher’s Track (standard), take Carrol St from SH 4, cross railway line and park beside Waimarino Scientific Reserve sign (total 11kms drive); Tupapakurua Falls, follow Fisher’s Track (5 hours return).
Avondale College Education Camp. South of Mangatepopo Camp School off SH 47. Follow the road and cross the walking access bridge to start of walk through forest, 3 hours return (standard walk).
16kms north east from SH 48 turn off along SH 47 (1.5kms from SH 47/Lake Rotoaira Rd junction). Historic, walk 5 minutes lower redoubt, 15 minutes upper redoubt (walk standard). Track, behind upper redoubt (15 minutes bush walk, track standard). Scenic.
Tongariro River Loop Track
Begins northern end at SH 1 bridge or at southern end from Major Jones footbridge, Koura St, 1 hour loop.
Tongariro River Walkway
Start from township (Koura St) to Red Hut Pool 5kms south of Turangi or vice versa. Walk standard (11⁄2 hours each way), fishing.
Tree Trunk Gorge Road
24kms south of Turangi, SH 1, 5kms down side road. Scenic (view of gorge), walk to Kaimanawa Rd, 11⁄2 hours each way, walk standard.
Tongariro National Park, 33kms south of Turangi on SH 1. Walk 11⁄2 hours (track standard) to Waihohonu Hut.
Follow side road off SH 47 6kms north east from SH 48 turnoff, 6.5kms to intake. Fishing, walk (follow road above intake on foot).
Tongariro National Park, 6kms along SH 48, turn off on SH 47.
Golf course, park visitor centre, disabled persons trail (alpine garden) 200-300m above the visitor centre, walk to silica
rapids/springs (2 hours), Taranaki Falls (2-3 hours), Tawhai Falls 3kms from SH 47 along SH48, Whakapapanui Walk 4kms from SH 47 along SH 48 (2 hours round trip), Tama Lakes (5 hours return). Camping ground administered by DOC. Accommodation, restaurants, scenic.
Nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Maraetai is the village of Mangakino.
Just off SH 32, Mangakino’s central North Island location makes it the perfect base for a holiday that suits all tastes.
Stop off at nearby Whakamaru or Waipapa dams and village for a family picnic or enjoy a walk along the Waikato River Trail.
Daphne’s Historical Archives
A treasure trove of Mangakino district history. Phone 372 8227.
The Paddleboat Company
Explores Lake Maraetai. For daytime or evening cruise bookings phone 882 8826 or 0-27-418 3930.
With Mt Ruapehu ski fields just one hour’s drive south, tranquil Pureora Forest with its ancient stand of rimu and kahikatea trees and the landmark majestic totara trees less than 30 minutes away, you’ll find an activity whether it’s walking or cycling to fill every day.
Whether you prefer trout fishing, hunting, kayaking, horse trekking, rock climbing, golf, water skiing, swimming or just sitting back and enjoying the scenery, Mangakino boasts it all.
Awhina Wilderness Experience
Guided walking tours of Mt Titiraupenga. For bookings and accommodation phone 882 8382.
Mangakino Moto X Park
Following the natural terrain of the land the park boasts two tracks on the Whakamaru Domain. Free camping and lake access.
Walk or cycle from Waipapa
Dam to Atiamuri through native forest, passed bluffs and beside the lake.
Commences at Pa Harakeke and does a circuit through Pureora and along the Kokakotaea River and back.
Pa Harakeke (Harakeke World)
One the edge of Pureora Forest. Walk around the plantation, through the native plant nursery and along the rows of visitor plantings.
Guided walks through Pureora Forest Park and Tongariro National Park. Phone 0-21-042 2722.
Waikato River Trails
Covering about 100kms following the Waikato River with its historic and geological delights.
Just 5kms from Turangi, on the Taumarunui road (SH 41) is the village of Tokaanu, recognisable for the huge tailrace pipes that reach up the hillside behind the village. There is a thermal park with 20 minute walk, hot mineral pool complex, accommodation, restaurants, fishing, swimming, picnics.
Once the headquarters of Te Kooti, Tokaanu became an Armed Constabulary post and port for the steamers that plied the waters of Lake Taupo. Two boat ramps.