10 Things I Love about Lake Taupo

I’ve been living by Lake Taupo since January and I can’t imagine a better place to spend a relaxing 6 month honeymoon. My husband and I have really enjoyed touring the country, hiking, kayaking and just relaxing in our home while we stared at the lovely lake. Here are 10 of my favorite things about living in Motuoapa next to the lake.

Lake Taupo from my balcony

Lake Taupo from my balcony

1. My View – There are lots of excellent views around Lake Taupo. Some of my favorites include the lookout off of State Highway 1, near Huka Falls, the Motuoapa Lookout and the lookout at the top of Mosquito Hill near Turangi. BUT nothing beat lounging on my couch and looking out the large sliding glass door. I spent hours on my balcony every week just enjoying the view, the fresh air and the birds chirping.

Motutaiko Island

Motutaiko Island

2. Kayaking to Motutaiko Island – This island is gorgeous. You can’t go on Motutaiko Island, but paddeling around it offers great views of alcoves, birds and vegetation. My husband and I bought a kayak when we first arrived and had so much fun navigating around the lake and nearby rivers.

Coffee with the New Zealand Fern Image

Coffee with the New Zealand Fern Image

3. Sipping Coffee at Piccolo Cafe in Taupo – The atmosphere is cozy and the staff is friendly. I love going inside to warm up after exploring Taupo’s quaint streets and interesting shops.

Waterfall at Waihi Village viewed from Lake Taupo

Waterfall at Waihi Village viewed from Lake Taupo

4. The Waterfall at Waihi Village – Did you know you can view a waterfall from Lake Taupo?  AND it is the only way to view this waterfall unless you have permission to enter the Maori village. We paddled out to the waterfall from a public access point south east of the Waihi Village Falls.

Lamb Dish at Plateau Restaurant

Lamb Dish at Plateau Restaurant

5. Eating Lamb at Plateau Restaurant – When you want New Zealand cuisine this is the place to go. They have a great selection of local food, every chef is a true Kiwi, most are even from Taupo. We had New Zealand cheese, wine and lamb – Everything was delicious!

Tokaanu Thermal

Tokaanu Thermal

6. A Glimpse of Thermal Activity at Tokaanu – At the southern tip of the lake there is a great park where you can see bubbling mud and steaming ponds. I enjoyed it more than the Thermal Wonderland of Wai O Tapu and it was free! See my post about Tokaanu Thermal Springs for more information.

New Zealand Trout

New Zealand Trout

7. Trout – You must fish while you are here.

Scenic Cellars

Scenic Cellars

8. Wine Tasting at Scenic Cellars – yum

Maori Carvings

Maori Carvings

9. The Lizard Carving – Everyone has heard of the Maori Carvings on Lake Taupo, but you usually only see the gigantic face carving. There are lots of smaller carvings next to the face and I’m partial to the lizard.

Huka Falls Rapids

Huka Falls Rapids

10. Huka Falls – Everyone loves Huka Falls. On my first visit I was disappointed by the size of the falls, but then I realized the real beauty was the magical blue color of the falls and the rapids above it. The water looks like millions of blue diamonds being stirred on a sunny day.

4 Comments

  1. Fritz ?>

    Great article thanks for sharing it is easy to forget what beautiful place we live in

  2. Jude ?>

    Thank you for your positive comments about our beautiful town. You will be happy to hear that every Chef in the Plateau Kitchen is a Kiwi born and breed, in fact over half of us are Taupo locals. Look foward to seeing you next time you come in.

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    Hi Jude,

    I didn’t know that about the chefs at Taupo. We just happened to be sitting in a section that had mostly foreign servers. They were all very nice and helpful.

    One of the servers went back to the kitchen to ask someone a question she couldn’t answer about the Tongoriro Crossing – must be because the locals are all hanging out in the kitchen preparing the delicious food we ate. =)

  4. Chloe ?>

    Taupo holds many amazing childhood memories for me. Until 15 years ago my grandparents lived there and we would visit regularly (from Sydney, Australia). I would love to live in Taupo and raise my children there. Taupo is a truly amazing place, just beautiful – it hasn’t changed! I am thoroughly envious of anyone who lives in Taupo!

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