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The Luxury Guide to Taupo

The Luxury Travel Guide to Taupo

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Plan a Premium Trip to Taupo

The glistening waters of New Zealand’s largest lake with views of volcanic cones in the distance deserve a special way to be experienced. With luxurious hotels, lodges and boutique accommodations, as well as unforgettable activities on, around and even above the lake, Taupo simply spoils the traveller seeking premium travel experiences. Let us guide you through the luxury stays, lavish activities and even the fine dining eateries with this luxury travel guide to Taupo.

Luxury Activities in Taupo

  • Experience adrenaline in the Adventure Capital of the North Island
  • Ride the Great Lake Trails on a personalised tour
  • Indulge in the mineral hot waters and spa treatments of Taupo’s premium hot pools
  • Enjoy a relaxing sail to the Maori Rock Carvings
  • Fish for rainbow trout on a private fishing charter
  • See the lake and volcanoes from above on a scenic flight
  • Hit the ski slopes of Mt Ruapehu
  • Be inspired at the local art gallery cafes
  • Play golf on some of New Zealand’s most prestigious golf courses
  • Indulge in Taupo’s fine dining restaurants.

For more information on each experience, be sure to check out the 10 Luxury Activities in Taupo.

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Luxury Adventure Activities

Taupo is often referred to as the “Adventure Capital of the North Island” and for good reason. Not only can you experience adrenaline with an overwater bungy jump with Taupo Bungy, but you can skydive from 18,500ft over the Great Lake with Taupo Tandem Skydiving. Not only will you get incredible views of the lake and the Central North Island volcanoes, but you’ll travel to the base in style in a Hummer limousine. Find out more on Viator and Tripadvisor.

Mountain biking is also kind of big deal in Taupo, whose lake offers many exciting sections to ride known as the Great Lake Trail. Hit the trails independently following the information we give in the 10 Awesome Bike Trails Around Lake Taupo. Alternatively, join Taupo Kayaking Adventures who will not only sort out all of the transport and bike rental but will guide you through the mesmerising landscapes of the lake, native bush, waterfalls and the volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park. They also offer bike and kayaking packages. Find out more about Taupo Kayaking Adventures’ cycling tours on Viator or Tripadvisor.

And for something less strenuous, don’t miss Taupo’s reputed golf courses. Some of the country’s most prestigious courses are right here, from the tussock-lined fairways of the Kinloch Golf Club to the unique predator-free wildlife refuge of the Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary. The Wairakei Resort Taupo 9-hole golf course and Taupo Golf Club also make for some fun challenges in a more casual environment.

For more on Taupo’s premium adventures, including lake cruises, trout fishing, skiing, scenic flights and more, check out the 10 Luxury Activities in Taupo.

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Luxury All-weather Activities

It hardly matters what the weather is doing when you’re in the cosmopolitan hub of Taupo awash in art galleries, premium eateries and spa experiences.

Indulge in the geothermal mineral-rich waters of Taupo’s hot springs at one of the fabulous hot pool complexes. A top choice is Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort featuring two large outdoor mineral hot pool with inviting waterfalls, hydrotherapy spots and surrounded by attractive landscaping. Relax on the water airbeds while absorbing views of the Onekeneke Valley or retreat to one of the indoor private pools. There’s also a day spa on-site should you need some extra pampering. Another hot pool worth mentioning is the Wairakei Terraces, which also includes a walkway to an astonishing geothermal terrace display. Find out more about Taupo Debretts Spa Resort on Viator and Tripadvisor.

When exploring around Taupo, be sure to inspire yourself at the local art galleries. A highlight is Lava Glass, home to an amazing sculpture garden and studio where you can easily spend half a day browsing the 600 sculptures in the gardens and relaxing with a locally-roasted coffee and the cafe. Alternatively, L’Arte Cafe and Gallery treats the senses with impressive mosaic sculptures and a cafe serving a fabulous selection of New Zealand wines and beer.

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Fine Dining in Taupo

Taupo has its fair share of exquisite eateries, but some of the finest dining establishments, to choose for a special occasion or “just because”, can be found in Taupo’s luxury accommodations.

It doesn’t come more lavish than Huka Lodge (Huka Falls Road), set on the banks of the mighty Waikato River. Dine in the Main Lodge to indulge in fabulously-presented plates made with the finest New Zealand ingredients. The lodge also has 20 romantic indoor and outdoor private dining venues to enhance the experience. Huka Lodge mainly caters to guests, so book ahead to see if they can fit you in for a dining experience.

At the Hilton Lake Taupo (80-100 Napier Road) enjoy elevated views of the town, lake and all the way to the Tongariro National Park volcanoes from Bistro Lago. The elegant restaurant’s menu has been designed by celebrity Chef Gareth Stewart and focusses on bringing you the best the local region has to offer. Dine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and high tea.

Finally, a little closer to town but with an unbeatable lakeside location, the Edgewater Restaurant of the Millennium Hotel Lake Taupo (243 Lake Terrace) serves European cuisine with personal service and the views, taste and presentation to impress.

For more recommendations, take a look at The Foodie Guide to Taupo.

More About Taupo

That’s it for the luxury travel guide to Taupo. Find even more tips to make your luxury getaway exceptional in The Luxury Travel Guide to New Zealand.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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