Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Taupo

Taupo Museum

With an excellent Māori gallery and quirky displays, which include a 1960s caravan set up as if the occupants have just popped down to the lake, this little museum makes an interesting rainy-day diversion. The centr…
Top Choice Hot Springs in Taupo

Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa

Mineral-laden waters from the Wairakei geothermal steamfield cascade over silica terraces into pools (open to those 14 years and older) nestled in native gardens. Take a therapeutic soak and a self-guided tour on th…
Top Choice Waterfall in Taupo

Huka Falls

Clearly signposted and with a car park and kiosk, these falls mark where NZ’s longest river, the Waikato, is slammed into a narrow chasm, making a dramatic 10m drop into a surging pool. From the footbridge you can s…
Pub Food in Taupo


An ambient place for a handle or two of the Monteith’s range, popular Plateau delivers in the food department, too. Its menu of modern pub classics features the likes of confit duck, pork belly and an artful steak s…
Modern NZ in Taupo


Operating out of an unobtrusive 1950s house, the Brantry continues its reign as one of the best in the region for its well-executed, good-value offerings centred on meaty mains turned out in classical style. Book-en…
Irish Pub in Taupo

Finn MacCuhal’s

With Irish ephemera nailed to the walls and a backpackers next door, you can be sure that there will be plenty of craic here. A host of locals get in on the action, likely to involve bands, DJs and dancing, and a bo…
Pub in Taupo

Jolly Good Fellows

Corr-blimey, Guvnor! You ain’t seen a rubber-dub-dub like this since old Blighty, with lashings of colonial clichés and the likes of London Pride on tap, plus a couple of NZ craft beers. Solid service, square meals,…
Sports in Taupo

Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge

One of NZ’s biggest annual cycling events, the 160km Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge sees some 10,000 people pedalling around the lake on the last Saturday in November.
Cafe in Taupo


Lots of mouth-watering treats are made from scratch at this fantastically artful cafe on the hill that backs Acacia Bay. Brunch in the sunshine, then check out the sculpture garden and gallery.
Food & Drinks in Taupo

Huka Honey Hive

This sweet spot has a glass-enclosed viewing hive, honey tastings, a cafe and sells all manner of bee products – edible, medicinal and cosmetic – as well as mead. A honey-tinged craft beer – Harvard Honey Ale – is e…