Don't let this quiet lakefront fool you into thinking that this town is boring. Taupo is a charming town in central north island of New Zealand. It is serenely nestled on the shore of Lake Taupo. Despite the shops being closed sometime around 5 or 6pm, this town, my friend, has lots of adventurous activities that will keep your adrenaline pumping. 

Great Lake Taupo
Lake Taupo is a volcanic caldera. My husband and I fell in love with Taupo  that we almost moved here. Ten years ago, we noted this down as one of the places in New Zealand we would love to settle down in.  

Taupo is an unforgettable place for me because this was where I did my skydive for the first time.{Read more about my free fall skydive here }  

Aerial View of Lake Taupo
Tandem Skydive in Taupo at 12,000 to 15,000 ft

Sights and Activities in Taupo: 

By land, by water or by flying, whichever is up to your liking.  There are heli rides, plenty of boat tours to choose from, biking and hiking trails. 
By land; Ride a Double Decker Bus
Huka Falls Jet Boat Ride
1. Huka Falls Jet Boat Ride
Fast and the furious on a jet boat. Thrilling ride with power brakes and trick turns. This is definitely a must try! Haha, lots of screaming and laughing here.  It's a 30-minute jet boat ride in Waikato River where you rapidly spin, turn and abruptly stop all the way to Huka Falls.

Huka Falls
Waikato River

2. Kayaking, Canoeing and White Water Rafting
Kayak and Set up Camp
3. Hiking Trails
Hike along Huka Falls Tracks on foot and allow yourself to be captivated by the beauty of the countryside landscape.

4. Town Stroll
Enjoy a stroll along the lake side, lined by trees and park benches with quaint restaurants and fast food across the street facing this beautiful view.  Perch here or have a picnic. 

Town Stroll
Lots of ducks and swans walking about

5. Taupo Bungy

Bungy jump anyone?

6. Bike Tours
Enjoy biking trails and tours with beauty that will take your breath away.

7. Explore Craters of the Moon and Maori Rock Carvings.
Geological formations, nature and wildlife. View Maori Rock Carvings while sailing a yacht.

This was the hostel where we stayed by the way. Rainbow Lodge
This is how the town looks like. Now you understand why we were both smitten by Taupo. Friendly people initiated conversations while we waited at the cashier line. Families are happily enjoying brunches on picnic tables with parks and playgrounds available almost anywhere. Wide walk friendly pavements that are great for baby strollers.

Our plans to move there didn't happen when life intervened, but then who knows, never say never. :)

 Just don't forget to look to your right first before crossing the road.  
 Happy weekend!
Love & light,

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  1. New Zealand looks like such a magical place. One of my bucket list items is to go horseback riding there

    1. Indeed, horseback riding in NZ would absolutely be beautiful Rooth.