New Zealand is famous for its adrenaline fuelled activities. The main reason I wanted to visit the country was to take part in bungee jumping, cliff swinging and everything else to get my heart pumping. But it’s also one of the most scenic and beautiful places on Earth.
Lake Taupo is one of the best places to experience everything New Zealand has to offer.
Here are some of my favourite memories from this fun and relaxing little town on New Zealand’s North Island.
A trip to New Zealand must come with some adrenaline-fuelled adventures! If jumping off a cliff doesn’t make you a little scared and excited then I don’t know what will. Taupo Bungy is one of the best operators in the Lake Taupo region. Found within the stunning scenery of the Waikato River and gorge, Taupo Bungy offers the highest water touch jump in New Zealand. If you’re brave enough, feel the wind rush past you as you plunge 47 metres into the icy water below. It’s something you’ll be afraid of while you’re there. But I can gurantee that you will regret it if you don’t try. So toughen up and jump!
If bungy jumping wasn’t enough to quench your thirst for adrenaline maybe you can try cliff swinging afterward. Taupo Bungy also offers this activity in the same location as the bungy jump, meaning you can easily do it all in one afternoon. Go solo or tandem with a friend as you plummet towards the river only to stop and swing back up towards the cliffs on the other side. You’ll hear your screams echo through the gorge, but the view after you’ve stopped swinging and are sitting nicely while being pulled up is all worth it.
After you’ve had enough of the adventure and adrenaline activities within Taupo you may want to spend some time with nature. You can find Huka Falls just a few minutes outside of the Taupo town centre. Spend some time here and you will easily see why they are New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction. Standing just eleven metres tall, the amount of water that surges over these falls could fill an Olympic swimming pool in just 11 seconds! If the weather is right, the water is a beautiful crystal blue colour. Settle in by one of the viewing platforms or sample the hiking and mountain bike tracks along the river nearby.
Just a short walk from Huka Falls is Otumuheke Stream, a spa park of natural hot springs. Relax and take a load off as you sit in these natural pools and let the water wash over you. The pools are located on the banks of the Waikato River. Due to their location, you’ll have the opportunity to swim and play in the river before warming up in the spa. Bring everything you require with you as there are no facilities in the area, including bathrooms.
Kayaking and sunset by the lake
With all these activities in and around Taupo, it’s easy to forget that there are things to do in the lake too! One of the highlights of Lake Taupo is the 14-metre tall Maori rock carvings. These incredible artworks are only accessible by a scenic cruise or kayaking tour. However, they are well worth the effort. After you’ve ended your day sit by the lake with a beer or wine and enjoy the sunset. For all you hobbits out there, don’t forget to look out for Mount Doom (Mount Ngauruhoe) on the other side!
So there you have it, some of my favourite things to do in this action-packed area. A stop at Lake Taupo is well worth it for anyone travelling New Zealand’s North Island.