With Lake Taupo being the largest lake in New Zealand you are really spoiled for choice with all the adventures and activities that go on in and around it. Taupo is an awesome place to visit year round - summer is the perfect time to get out and about at the lake and winter is ideal for the snow sports. Let us help you out and recommend some of our favourite things to do over at our neighbours at Lake Taupo this summer.
- Bulli Point
- Kayak to the Maori rock carvings
- Whakaipo Bay
- Chris Jolly Lake Cruise
- Paetiki Bakery
1. Bulli Point
Show off your Olympic diving skills by jumping off rock ledges and into the fresh blue waters of Lake Taupo at Bulli Point. There’s three ledges to jump from (the highest is 7m) and the water’s so deep there’s no chance of hitting the bottom. So, pull out your biggest back flips and show the locals what you’ve got - or they will show you what they have got!
2. Kayak To The Maori Rock Carvings
Paddle or sail across the clear waters of Lake Taupo to Mine Bay where impressive 14m high Maori Rock Carvings are etched into the cliff-face. These incredible artworks are only accessible by water and are a wonderful spiritual experience. Make sure you get out your camera to capture a selfie of you with the enormous Maori carving etched into the cliff face behind you. You won’t find anything else in the world like this – simply spectacular!
Time to Allow: 4 hours by kayak, 1.5 hours by boat
3. Whakaipo Bay
This tranquil spot on the edge of Lake Taupo is a wonderful place to gaze at the endless blue sky and distant mountain ranges. You can park at the Whakaipo Bay Recreational Reserve and spread your picnic rug out on the grass beneath a shady tree, or venture onto the pebbly beach and have a swim or nap in the sunshine. If you have a kayak or paddle board with you, this is a terrific place to launch.
4. Chris Jolly Lake Cruise
Discover Lake Taupo with Chris Jolly via a scenic cruise. The day time cruises depart daily from the boat ramp and either take you to the Maori Rock Carvings on their large catamarans. The cruise that takes about 90 minutes and there is even a tour option of a ‘taste of Taupo’ which features the Maori Rock carvings but also a trout fishing demonstration and a chance to try fresh smoked trout. You can’t purchase trout at restaurants, so this could be your only chance to give it a try. If you prefer to spend the day exploring the other sights around the Lake then book on their night time cruise to explore Lake Taupo by night.
5. Paetiki Bakery
After a big day of activities discovering the beauty of Lake Taupo it will be time to enjoy some delicious local food. Paetiki bakery has an astounding selection of pies and has gained a reputation for tasty, hot, and fresh food. Baked on the premises, the pies including (include) steak and vegetable, bacon and egg, seafood, chicken camembert and apricot, and even a rare vegetarian option, many of which have come up trumps at New Zealand’s annual Pie Awards.