Taupo is the adventure capital of New Zealand's North Island. Choose from bungy jumping, Skydiving, river rafting, kayaking, sailing, para-sailing, water skiing, jet boating, horse trekking, mountain biking, skiing and snow boarding at Whakapapa or Turoa, horseback riding, 4-wheel off-road driving, helicopter flights, float-plane flights, caving, rock climbing, hiking - just to name a few !
Taupo is also the ideal base for the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, located in the dual world heritage listed Tongariro National Park. Regarded as NZ's best one day walk this excursion is a must do. It is very popular so bookings are essential.
Tongariro Expeditions bus will pick you up early in the morning from Alpine Lake Motor Lodge, take you to the start of the crossing, pick you up at the other end then bring you back.
Thermal and volcanic activities
New Zealand's largest lake, Lake Taupo is the crater lake of an dormant volcano. Located in the heart of the Volcanic Plateau, we are gifted with a unique thermal playground. The unparralleled experiences nearby of Orakei Korako (Hidden Valley), Wairakei Terraces, Craters of the Moon and Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland should not be missed.
Taupo Hot Springs and Wairakei Terraces are hot natural geothermal pools rich in minerals and possessing therapeutic qualities. The AC Baths are heated indoor and outdoor pools. There are also several 'hot' spots in the lake and Waikato river we can guide you to.
In addition to hot pools, Wairakei Terraces also hosts a fabulous, unique Maori Cultural Experience with a 'Hangi' (traditional dinner) and show as well as a spectacular 'Thermal Walkway' to wander and admire. The vast, beautiful, colourful terraces are formed by silica in the thermal water. Complimentary transport is available from the motel.
Fishing and Boating
Lake Taupo is known world wide for it's excellent trout fishing. Well stocked with rainbow and brown trout, even the most amateur fisherman with the help of local knowledge can catch these !
There are many boat charters that will take you out on the lake or up local rivers to fish one of the best trout fishing spots in the world.
Our guests have always caught a trout when using our recommended fly fishing guide.
Local restaurants will cook your trout for you or the local butcher will smoke it for you to take away.
You can also fish for prawns at Huka Prawn Park. Dine at the The Huka Prawn Park Restaurant and they will cook your catch for you to enjoy !
Golf and Motor Sport
Taupo is the ideal golfers holiday base with the renowned Wairakei International Golf course and the Taupo Golf Club's Tauhara and Centennial courses among the best in New Zealand. Many guests make it a golfing holiday and play all three! Check our "GOLFERS FOURSOME DEAL"
Taupo Motorsport Park is New Zealand's premier driver training and motorsport facility. Hosting top world motorsport events Taupo is the "Home of New Zealand Motorsports".
If you are coming to Taupo for motorsports, Alpine Lake Motor Lodge is the ideal place to stay. The park is an easy 10 minute drive away.
Our units are ideal for single, twin, triple and quad shares- a very popular choice for groups and crews. With a huge, easy access carpark and adjacent block we have plenty of space for cars, trailers, trucks, buses etc. We also offer a lock-up garage for motorbikes.
Day trips from Taupo
See the best of the central North Island in easy day trips.
Waitomo Caves - famous for glow worms and black water rafting- only a 1 1/2 hr drive away.
Tongariro National Park - a dual World Heritage Park that includes Mt. Ruapehu, Mt. Ngauruhoe, Mt. Tongariro and two ski fields Whakapapa and Turoa- only 1 hr 15 min drive away.
Napier - the Art Deco capital of NZ and home to many fine wineries- just a 1 1/2 hour drive away.
Rotorua - for active geysers, mud pools, mineral spas and Maori cultural shows- just a 1 hour drive away.
Whakatane - the starting point for boat trips out to the active volcano of White Island- just 2 1/2 hour drive away.