Taupo is a great place. I enjoyd every bit of it. The guys are very hot hehehe. But I recommend Taupo to any travellers. There are heaps of activites e.g. walks, skydiving, the lake, and going to the mountains. There's always somethng to do here.
Taupo has to be one of my favourite places in New Zealand. The skydiving is a must and the Tongariro crossing was amazing. Anybody of reasonable fitness could do this trek without too many problems but just watch your footing! As for night life... I can vauguely remember a night at the Holy Cow... madness!
Being a New Zealander, I've been to Taupo on road trips plenty of times. It's probably my favourite place in NZ (North Island anyway). There's tons to do in winter and summer, and it's absolutely beautiful. Nightlife's good too, being a tourist town. And I would recommend Taupo Tandem Skydiving, it's the best thing I've EVER done (and cheap too, only $200NZ for a 12,000ft jump). Also do the Taupo Bungy while your there, check out DeBretts Thermal Resort (big natural hot water pools) as well for a unique NZ experience, especially at night. A must stop over for anyone travelling New Zealand.
Taupos a very cool place - I would definitely recommend at least 3 days there. It has lots of free walks and stuff to do.
Taupo is often overlooked by visitors to the North Island of New Zealand, but with the town sitting on the shores of a lake the size of Singapore, that just means there's a lot of travelers missing out on one hell of a town.
Taupo has everything that a backpacker could want! For lively nightlife, there are plenty of options available. If you like beautiful scenery, there are miles and miles of lakeside walks and springs abound; the Huka Falls are spectacular and in the distance there are the mountains of the Tongariro Range including Ngauruho, better known as Mount Doom in the "Lord of the Rings" films. Adrenaline activities are covered as well. There's bungee jumping, jet boating, rafting; also Taupo is one of the best and cheapest places in the world to scare yourself witless by jumping out of a plane. Taupo hostels, of which there are many, will happily arrange deals and discounts for all these activities and more.
In addition, there are geothermal parks (perfect for a spot of pampering), trout fishing, thermal baths, sailboats on the lake, the Tongariro Crossing (reckoned by many to be the best one-day walk in the world), winter skiing, and horse riding! Taupo is certainly not a place to sit still!
The town has all the facilities a backpacker needs, with plenty of large supermarkets, cafes, bars, restaurants, and other travelers. It's a great pitstop between Rotorua and Wellington and a place where it's easy to lose track of time and watch a week or two drift by.
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