Our Taupo Favorites

Taupo is a young town in a big landscape…

Many Kiwis holiday here, making the most of hot summers, cold winters, wide views, warm pools and the chance to catch the kind of fish that tall tales are made of. The region’s thermal and scenic attractions have drawn visitors from around the world since the 1800s.

Let us help you discover some of the most excellent middle-of-the-North-Island experiences. We’d like you to see and do as many Taupo favourites as you have time for.

Michael bikin


Michael, – Back stage manager, cyclist, adventurer, BBQ taster, part-time “dogs body” and engineer.

Volcanic mountains and spectacular landscapes

Cycling opportunities around the lake

A waterfall, white water rapids and a river known for trout and blue ducks

Tongariro National Trout Centre  www.troutcentre.com







Sonja,   Socialite, coffee drinker, avid quilter, wine and conversations, cycling and closet canoeist.

Sonja enjoys hosting, provides great service and ensures quality.

Fine coffee served with art

History, art and the Ora Garden of Wellbeing at
Taupo Museum

Lake and mountains from above

Thermal pools, massage and Maori culture






Meet Lilly – short for Lilliput, – a short legged Munchkin, she enjoys meeting people, rolling in the car park, tummy rubs and keeping the seagulls off of the roof.

She has heard the great news that the new Sky Gondola on Mt Ruapehu will be open this month, which she hopes will bring in more lovely people to meet!

When no one is looking, She patrols the motel and checks the high standard of cleanliness and quality in the cottages.



Central North Island adventures

Fun, food, trails and Taupo’s volcanic, geothermal and
hydroelectric stories

New Zealand Ironman
Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
Round Lake Taupo Relay
and many more events

Sports tournaments at Owen Delany Park
Pools and hydroslides at the AC Baths
Rock wall climbing at Taupo Events Centre
Performances and displays at the Great Lake Centre
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Boutique retailers, cafes, restaurants and larger stores in
Taupo’s busy central business district


New Zealand’s highest water touch bungy and the Cliffhanger swing above the Waikato River

Huka falls - Taupo New Zealand Native Bush Walk Two Mile Bay - Taupo

You might want to just sit by the water. Swim in the lake. Kayak to the rock carvings.
Watch the sun set on Tongariro National Park’s mountains and the lights come on around Tapuaeharuru bay.
These are traditional Taupo favourites. Take time during your stay at Cottage Mews Motel to experience our traditions by the lake.