Things to do around Taupo


Close to Minarapa Lodge are the following natural attractions:

  • Orakei Korako – an amazing thermal wonderland – Taupo’s famous Hidden Valley. Ours is the closest accommodation of its kind to this wonderful thermal valley.
  • Huka Falls – the start of the Waikato River. Marvel at the incredible power and colour of the water.
  • Craters of the Moon – geothermal activity. The area’s best-known local thermal attraction.
  • Wairakei Terraces – Taupo’s own Maori Village with hangi and concert party.
  • Rapids Jet – the exhilarating jet boat ride operating from Aratiatia Rapids
  • Swimming – you can boat or bathe at either Whakaipo Bay or Kinloch Bay ­ both about 10 – 15 minutes drive away
  • Waitomo Caves – one and a half hours away, which makes them easily accessible within a day.
  • Tongariro National Park – and the Tongariro Crossing walk are also 1 hour45 minute‘s drive from us. We are happy to provide an early breakfast and packed lunch for anyone setting out on the walk.
  • Trout Fishing – by charter boat or casting ­ we can book for you.
  • Golf – There are a number of excellent golf courses in this area, including Wairakei International Golf Course


The township of Taupo is situated at the north eastern end of New Zealand’s largest lake, in the heart of the North Island’s Volcanic Plateau. Taupo is a very popular tourist destination and provides ample opportunities for boating, trout fishing, adventure sports, golf, bush walks, mountain biking and so forth. The activities are endless! Just north of Taupo are the beautiful Huka Falls and the Aratiatia Rapids and the Craters of the Moon thermal area.

huka falls

Only 30 to 40 minutes’ drive north of Taupo are three further thermal parks, each offering something different: Orakei Korako (just up the road from Minarapa), Waiotapu and the Waimangu Valley Park which leads down to Lake Rotomahana.

To the South lies Tongariro National Park (World Heritage Park) containing the three volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Ruapehu and Tongariro which provide a wide range of walking trails and tracks for summer visitors and two ski fields for winter sports enthusiasts. Just south of Taupo township is the turn-off for the Napier-Taupo Highway and a few kilometres along the road are the De Bretts Thermal Pools where you have a choice of public and private pools in which to soak.

Here are some links which will help you find out more about what the Lake Taupo region and New Zealand have to offer. -The Official Website of Lake Taupo area. -The Offical Website for Mt Ruapehu -The Offical Website for New Zealand