Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Taupo

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Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Taupo

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  • Lorena
    West Melton, New Zealand2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walk along the river and the falls themselves were stunning. The carpark was quite busy but not many were on the walk.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • evenstar944
    New York City, NY304 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would suggest to arrive 20 minutes or so before the dam release so that you can get a good viewing spot. There are three viewing areas. A great spot to watch is the midpoint area where you can get to by following the tracks that are not too far from the bridge. I found the dam release a lot more interesting to watch than my visit to Huka Falls, and it was significantly less crowded. So, if short on time and if you could arrive right before the release to get a good viewing spot, I would choose this bar none over Huka Falls.
    Written 5 July 2024
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  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,511 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The views from the lakefront were beautiful and relaxing. There were no crowds at all in May and it felt like we had the place to ourselves. Of course our stop in Taupo only gave us a feel for a small section of this huge lake, the largest in New Zealand.

    There was a lot of nearby street parking. The Coolest” McDonald’s and restaurants and cafes were less than five minutes from the shoreline and some had outdoor seating.

    We did the obligatory family photo in front of the I Love Taupo sign and wandered through the Tongariro Domain.
    Written 28 June 2024
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  • Tigerram
    221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hiked from Spa Thermal Park to Huka falls and total took 1.5 hour round trip (6km). Start point was Spa thermal park car park. Walked a little to Geothermal pool. It is small but very nice and is free for a soak but don’t expect hot water, more like warm water. The park actually has changing room so is convenient if someone wants to go for a swim/ soak in the warm water pool. The hike itself is an easy walk involving gentle slopes and is peaceful walk. Huka Falls is more like a rapids, so have the appropriate expectation.
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • Mr Brown
    Bingley, UK100 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Whilst it is no Rotatua, the admission price does reflect this and the site is unusual to say the least. Allow upto 90 mins to go around.
    Written 13 April 2024
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  • Linda W
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you have a car, visit this mosaic gallery/garden and cafe. Well worth the drive only a short distance outside of Taupo at Acacia Bay.
    Written 23 April 2024
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  • jojo
    Navi Mumbai, India2,726 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really it is the history, culture and stories of the community and discovered some unique treasures. Very good hospitality and information. Kid friendly with many creative arts. Bringing nature and Māori had significant role, its origins, culture and perseverance. The Caravan, Stotts Mill, Trout Fishing, Moe , Hidden Kiwi, Waka, Red Oak all had its indigenous story. Kid’s encouragements arts and competition was most liked.The Joan Williamson Rose Garden was equally beautiful and attractive.
    Written 8 February 2024
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  • Vince W
    Hamilton, New Zealand7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you are after a pleasant stroll through lovely gardens then this is the place. Walk around the ring road and top to admire the views of the lake and mountains.
    Written 5 February 2023
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  • Sue H
    Penarth, UK504 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great fun for young ones - take plenty of the animal food with you - lots of lovely animals waiting to be fed and a great little playground to finish things off
    Written 27 April 2024
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  • Livakiwi
    Upper Hutt, New Zealand51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went with my mom and niece that visit us from overseas and all of us enjoyed the trip very much.
    This is an easy short trip that you can do with family and friends on a good sunny day. The cruise at 1.30pm include a short demonstration of trout fishing. We didn’t catch any, but it was still a nice experience which ended with the crew handing out samples of smoke trout fish from their previous trip.
    If I may comment, the commentary (which was very interesting) was too loud inside the boat. Other than that, it’s highly recommended.
    Written 18 March 2023
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  • Mortelad51
    Napier, New Zealand112 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Off the beaten track a little on an unsealed road that has a few pot holes. But well worth the visit. An ‘au naturelle’ track is part of the appeal. Nothing too spectacular but a nice walk and gets you up close and personal with some of nature’s little wonders. Very secluded and sheltered with a cafe, camp grounds and a range of free range animals. Enjoyed the visit after passing the entrance for many years and wondering where it led, and well worth the reasonable entrance fee.
    Written 4 August 2021
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  • Tigerram
    221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxed Thermal Spa, pay your entry fee and then go enjoy the different pools for as long as you like.
    There are four different temperature pools. Hottest is 41/42C (located at the most top part of the area) and feels like being in a sauna. Next to this is the coolest pool at 33C, feels cooler after moving from the hottest, and as such is considered a plunge pool. The other two pools are connected, yet keep slightly different temperatures, one at 38C and the other at 36C.

    The temp differences may seem small but they do feel quite different when in the pools.

    There is ample room for quite a lot of people, though it was relatively quiet when we visited so was extra relaxing.

    You feel very relaxed after enjoying the pools for a couple of hours. The minerals should also prove good for the body.

    $27 entry, $5 for a towel (plus $5 deposit), same for a locker, double this price for a robe. You can bring your own items (and water) to avoid these costs.
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • silverferncaro
    Auckland Central, New Zealand96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the three separate trails of the Great Lakes in three days while on a one week central North Island holiday. While I had read you could do it in two days , I decided to make it a more relaxing trip.

    Unfortunately on the Monday of our W2W ride, the weather was bad the night before and our water taxi was cancelled that night. This was one of the main reasons why I had wanted to do the ride so I was a little disappointed, especially as on the actual day of our ride the weather was perfect and the lake was calm.

    As the trail is busier in the weekend I think the water taxi is geared more for weekend riders , with several crossings a day in the weekend depending on weather. I would definitely book early to ensure a place on the taxi as there are only limited trips.

    Anyway, the W2W itself was a little trickier than I had expected. Having done the Timber trail and really enjoyed it, I expected the W2W to be similar or if not, easier. However I found that the extreme dry conditions, rocky pumice and narrow tracks in some parts plus a few severe switchbacks, made it actually more “technical” than the Timber trail. I had to really concentrate on the rocky bits and some of the uphill switch backs were a killer. Not ashamed to say I ended up with a severely bruised rib and we both had at least one major fall each!

    As we didn’t have a water taxi, our bike shuttle provider organised for us to ride 4/5 of the track before we rode back the way we came . We then met him on the gravel road at the carpark between the two tracks for our shuttle rback to our accomodation .

    The 2nd day was the w2k with the headland loop included. The start of the w2k from Kinloch felt like a bit of a uphill slog for 6 km but the headland loop made up for it with some really fun dips and wide corners. This was the most fun day for me. We started the day very late morning and finished early-mid arvo and had a nice nap before a yum Indian dinner in Taupo.

    The last day we did the k2k as a loop starting and ending at Kinloch. This was a fun but longish day. I was dreading the uphill of Otaketake but after experiencing the W2W, it wasn’t as hard, and quite fun, although there is one severe uphill switchback that had us off our bikes. The Orakau was pretty much downhill and apart from a steepish but doable winding ride from the start of Kawakawa bay , the k2k to Kinloch, was pretty steady.

    All up, it was a great three days and we did enjoy it, but its still not a trail to be taken lightly and can be a little tricky in places. I can also say, hand on heart, I though it was harder than the timber trail and we fell off more than we’d like to admit!

    We saw a lot of people using e bikes, and I’m sure that may have made the trip a little easier, but you still need to concentrate on some of the switchbacks, and the narrowness of the track in places, and in the summer when the track is dry,rocky and dusty.

    We took our own front suspension only ancient mountain bikes and then used Adventure shuttles with Garth London as we were staying at Whakaipo lodge.
    Garth was great. His experience of the track and his advice and was very useful and his enthusiasm helped set us up for three good rides..
    Written 22 March 2022
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  • JOM255106
    Auckland Central, New Zealand10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hot pool complex with plenty for everyone to enjoy. However we were disappointed that on our visit the Tarzan Swing was out of order and half of the pool was closed, but we were not told this when we arrived and were paying
    Written 15 October 2022
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  • taup0traveler
    Taupo, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opepe is a bush remnant close to Taupo on the Taupo - Napier Road. It is well worth visiting for an hour or more. Some of the mature podocarps are unique, in that they must have survived some of the Taupo eruptions. Nowadays a team of dedicated volunteers work to control animals pests which means native birds are getting a much better deal and fill the air with delightful song. In amongst the bush are some historical remains dating back to the time of the Armed Constabulary.
    Written 15 November 2021
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