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Lake Taupo

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Address: Taupo | Taupo Marina, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-376 0400
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Perfection....and a free campsite.

We were spoilt and enjoyed the lake front free campsite which is available after 7pm for fully self contained campervans. We couldn't believe our luck, and appreciated the safe... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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101 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were spoilt and enjoyed the lake front free campsite which is available after 7pm for fully self contained campervans. We couldn't believe our luck, and appreciated the safe and tranquil area. There were a few other campervans there, a friendly kiosk, ducks and a view we couldn't believe. We will absolutely return. We had a wonderful time in this... More 

Thank MattandCo
Brisbane, Australia
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First night we checked in to our accommodation and headed out for dinner. The people are very pleasant and the food we could not knock. One night we had a pub meal, another was Indian, then a steak at The Steakhouse and Indian another. Golf on the first day was as Wairakei, weather wasn't kind to us but the course... More 

Thank AussieGreggie
Adelaide, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely rose garden in front of the rooms, very clean room with a really comfortable bed. Laundry room with powder provided. Dryer or clothes line options. Each room has its own thermal spring water tubs. Every room has view of Lake Taupo and only a short drive to shops and restaurants.

Thank gregorysN2207ZG
Washington DC
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63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I feel like every where you turn there is beauty that surrounds you in New Zealand, and Lake Taupo is no exception. It was a great stopping point on our way to Wellington, and a beautiful place to get out and stretch your legs. SO many trekking trails and so many other activities to do, we didn't know where to... More 

Thank Heather L
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

We stayed by the Marina freedom camping, with a 6 berth Motorhome, and walked to the local craft brewery for a drink and a meal. Fabulous venue, wonderful people, delicious food.

Thank cjdunk
Brighton, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This must be the most beautiful lake I have seen; there are plenty of activities taking place; you can swim; paraglide. canoe and take a trip in a sea plane. The lake is enormous think 25 miles by 17 miles but it is freshwater and extremely clean.

Thank jlf186273
Wele-Nzas Province, Equatorial Guinea
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Freedom camp for all and sundry. One Long drop toilet which is easily accessible. Stayed one night in beach front in our campervan. Lovely spot apart from the sand flies. Lots of over nighters from tents to vans, campervans to Motorhomes. Even people sleeping in cars. Would I stay again, not really sure, is a lovely spot though

Thank Bev E
Jaipur, India
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Hello all the readers, If your travelling to NZ in any time of the year this is one place that can make you feel out of the world. I was there last winters just for a small stop over after coming back from Mount Ruapehu. Well the lake is quite big and allows all kind of water sports during summers... More 

Thank dubbss
Coventry, United Kingdom
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774 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Lake Taupo is a magnificent volcanic lake with lovely stretches to walk along and take in the wildlife. If you bury your feet in the sand adjacent to the Mobile petrol station you can feel the heat coming up from the earth. Usually late in the afternoon the ducks are snuggling down on this area of sand.

Thank SteveS1970
Rotherham, United Kingdom
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329 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

We only briefly visited Taupo and then drove around the lake on our journey out of the region, it is made for waterspouts of all kings and also provides accommodation to suit everyone's needs from camping through to the best hotels, no wonder the roads around here get clogged with everyone trying to get to the lake. Would like a... More 

Thank Jeff R

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