Destination Taupo

Taupo is a fantastic place to live, study and play. Home to more than 22,000 residents, this picturesque city can be found on the shore of Oceania’s largest freshwater lake.

Abundant natural attractions

This unique part of the world is abundant with world class natural attractions. It is part of a Volcanic Zone and the Thermal Explorer Highway. The Taupo landscape is made up of volcanoes, geysers, boiling lakes and bubbling mud pools, with the natural thermal spas in the area making for a great place to relax after a day of learning. The nearby Kaingaroa Forest is the largest man made forest in the world and attracts mountain bikers and hikers to its stunning forest tracks.

World Heritage area 

A few minutes south of Lake Taupo is Tongariro National Park, made world-famous in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Established in 1887 when its three magnificent volcanoes, Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe, were gifted to the people of New Zealand by the Ngati Tuwharetoa people. Tongariro was New Zealand's first national park and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park's important Māori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.

The majestic snow-capped Mount Ruapehu is the country's largest ski area and hosts one of the best one-day walks in the world: the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. After hiking, fishing and skiing, you might appreciate the many shopping and dining opportunities in Taupo's central business district.

Our campus in Taupo is only a few minutes from the centre of town.

Page last updated: 02 May 2017