With a lake roughly the size of Singapore and the skiing and hiking mecca that is Mt Ruapehu, the Taupō and Ruapehu region has a reputation for action and adventure. Raise your heart rate in Taupō, explore Tongariro National Park and soothe your sore legs (and soul) in one of the thermally heated hot pools.

Waikato tourist towns 'desperate' for trans-Tasman bubble

Major tourism operators in the Waikato are calling on central government to open the border with Australia as soon as possible.

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Where to take the kids during the Easter break and school holidays

Stuck for ideas where to bring the little and not-so-little ones? We have you covered.

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Three of the best outdoor baths

Soak up the suds and the scenery in these stunning outdoor baths.


Taupō's warm and free haven for unwinding


Room review: Golf and luxury at Kinloch Manor

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Why everyone should take Taupō's Lake Hole in One Challenge

Even if you don't even come close, there is much fun to be had in the attempt by anyone able to swing a club and those encouraging/mocking them.


Taupō: The North Island's most underrated town

This little town of just 30,000 punches well above its weight with hidden gems

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Hot rods, sunflowers and epic swims: Five events to look out for this weekend

Summer is definitely here and there’s no let-up in the events taking place up and down the country.


When prawn fishing stalls you have to adapt - Huka Prawn Park co-owner

Covid-19 tested the ability of many businesses to adapt, but for Taupō’s Huka Prawn Park, adaptability was already a key buzzword.


A little taste of freedom on New Year's Eve 1999

Brannavan Gnanalingam and seven of his mates escape Wellington for Taupō for a week without parental supervision.


The Taupō café that feeds the body and soul

Tucked into a neat garden back near Acacia Bay are both colourful and original artwork, and a licensed café.


The sacred island in the middle of Lake Taupō

Lake Taupō’s only island is a place of mystery and spiritual significance, something DOC's Candace Graham would like to keep that way.