Getting its name from the beautiful Lake Taupo, the nearby town provides a great place from which to explore some of the region’s most stunning countryside and natural wonders. Visitors can explore the majestic Huka Falls, enjoy strolling amongst geothermal phenomena or even take a luxury cruises on the lake. The town also boasts a welcoming and laid-back atmosphere, with its plethora of quirky restaurants, bars and cafes.
Taupo has a great selection of places to stay, from five-star hotels to backpacker hostels. However, if you are planning an extended stay in the town, then you may find that serviced apartments offer a great degree of comfort and cost-efficiency. Having your own space also offers a higher degree of privacy than with traditional accommodation. Whether you are looking for a single occupancy studio or large corporate housing, the Squa.re can offer the perfect property in which to enjoy your stay in Taupo - with each offering a range of mod-cons, luxury bathroom fittings and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Taupo is known for its stunning surroundings - and it has a reputation as one of New Zealand’s go to places for exploring the natural wonders of the island. Whether you are looking to relax and admire the beautiful vistas, or partake in adventure sports, the region is sure to have something to offer.
Lake Taupo itself offers plenty to draw in any intrepid traveller. There are plenty of cruises and sightseeing tours that are available, either as a luxurious dining experience or as part of a day trip safari. There’s also numerous adventure sports on the water - including wakeboarding, paddle boarding and kayaking.
The regions geothermal spas and parks are also a superb opportunity for those looking to relax. There are several luxury spa resorts offering a range of treatments and therapies. The town or Taupo, with its many restaurants and cafes, is also the ideal place to relax after a day exploring the surrounding countryside.
There are plenty of superb places to eat in Taupo, including some of the country’s best fine dining. Edgewater Restaurant is an elegant venue serving contemporary New Zealand cuisine, whilst Beach 243 is a more informal affair, offering a range of dishes in a setting overlooking the lake itself. Those looking for international cuisine will find that Portofino Taupō offers a fine selection of authentic Italian dishes, served in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Whilst Taupo cannot claim to be one of New Zealand’s major shopping destinations, it nonetheless offers several great places to pick p specialist goods. New Zealand corner on Tongariro Street is a great place to pick up local crafts and souvenirs, whilst Souvenir Outlet & Mountain Bike Hire offers plenty of bargains, as well as bicycle hire and camping goods for those who are looking to explore the surrounding areas of Taupo.
Much of Taupo’s appeal lies in its natural wonders. Tokaanu Thermal Pools are a great place to relax in the healing mineral waters of natural thermal baths, whilst Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs offers therapeutic baths as well as pools with water slides and entertainments. For those who are looking to explore, Orakei Korako is a spectacular park, showcasing the diverse geological phenomena of the region.
Taupo has little by means of public transport, thought he central areas are well connected by a reliable bus service. Renting a car is also a good option, as it will give you the freedom to explore the surrounding countryside. Travelling to other cities on north island is made simple by the frequent and reasonably priced shuttle services. Travelling by bicycle is also a popular means of getting around - not to mention a great way to explore the area.
Whilst Taupo has a growing economy and has received investment in recent years, its biggest sector is undoubtedly tourism. There are numerous tour operators in the area - ranging from luxury safari tours to adventure trekking and extreme sports. The growing economy has also led to the growth in business advisory services, such as Central Business Development and APR Consultants.
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