Looking for a great trail near Taupo, Waikato? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Taupo ranging from 1.1 to 17.1 miles and from 1,154 to 2,319 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
15 days ago

Easy and nice view

hiking
1 month ago

muddy
1 month ago

Good easy walk

2 months ago

Steep hike during 1h30 but really worth it! the view is incredible !

2 months ago

its a good walk, the pathway is good too. plenty of people on the track too and takes around 45mins to 1hr to get to the top and the track is pretty easy to follow.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty short but fun to do with a toddler. I think the track is shared with bikers and runners so watch out.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

nice little hike but i really don't see why it's marked as hard

This is an easy walk for any age group. It's about 10-15 mins and worth the while with few geothermal lookouts. It's right through the Tokaanu Thermal pools.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

nice, easy, beautiful green, unfortunately cloudy weather

muddy
washed out
3 months ago

fun little hike! some narrow spots and winding trails that break apart but usually come back together. a little slippery with the mud. did it in under 1hr 40min out and back including meeting new friends in the way down!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Really nice and quick track (1h30 easily if you're used to hiking). Very gentle climb. Keep going towards the view of the lake once you arrive at the top. However when it's raining it must be really slippery... it had rained 2 days ago, and the path was really muddy and slippery sometimes.

gentle steady climb. good track. one of the better walks we have done. 3 .5 hours return. easy going.

Beautiful walk along the river with lovely scenery.

on Huka Falls Loop

5 months ago

Pretty waterfall with lovely colour water. Not a hike though more of a viewpoint to see the falls. Worth stopping for

hiking
5 months ago

Not a hike. Walkway to scenic lookout. Much better walks around here worth your time.

on Mount Tauhara

walking
5 months ago

Awesome Track, have done this loads of times normally we can do it easily in an hour, in the rough sections their are plenty of tree roots to hold onto. Apart from walking threw the paddocs its a great walk!

on Whakamoenga Point

walking
5 months ago

Awesome Caves if you know were to look! Great short walk!

We took the bike trail starting from Reids Farm Freedom Camping and combined it with the Huka Falls loop. It was about 5k and 1h15min. Fairly easy hike with very little bike traffic.

Interesting things to see. A shame how many idiots drop rubbish into geothermals. The views from the hill hike are worth.

Likely a great ride for mountain bikers, but sadly not a great walk for hikers due to the high number of high speed and non-track sharing bikers - very sad! Hey bikers if you can't see what's around the corner, please be prepared to stop ' thanks. The track its self is good and firm, and wanders it's way through regenerating bush above the lake. The lookout points were a little disappointing due to plant over growth blocking what would be great views. It's a long trek on foot so, take water and snacks and make a day of it. Oh, and take care on the tight corners, chances are you'll get a least one or two high speed surprises.

hiking
6 months ago

2/1/2019. If you like a challenge then this is a good place to start. It is not easy, nor is the trail wide, but you are rewarded by the beautiful NZ bush - look out for the moss covered trees high up, and the stream about 2kms in. The view from the top is great, but dont go up too early as the morning mist can obscure the view. Do explore beyond the trig station to the rocks at the end if the trail ... great views! Things to note: there are narrow and muddy parts and there are obstacles to climb over or navigate around. Suggestion. Take a hiking/ walking stick ( to steady yourself and push away vegetation), water and snacks are always good and take your time on the way down...tripping over is a real possiblity. Well worth the effort and definitely enjoyable.

hiking
6 months ago

My wife and I made the trek up Mount Tauhara Christmas morning. It was a great hike and it was definitely no easy jaunt. The opening farmland climb was deceptively not an easy stroll. Once we made it up into the bush the trail was full of narrow paths with a few large obstacles to navigate around. We summited in 1hr 40min. However, a local passed us on the trail and made it to the top in 45 min. We’ll chalk that up to the homefield advantage. The only sad part was we made the climb during rain and low clouds, so our view from the top was one up in the clouds. Hopefully we can make the climb again some day with nicer weather.

walking
7 months ago

Good for beginners, tourists and children. Short walk. Immediate gratification with views. Don't expect a hike. It's only 15 min at most

This is a great ride, picturesque and good for all levels of riders or walkers. This track follows the river to Aritiatia from spa park, and goes over a nice hot stream at the beginning.(which you can soak in at the waikato river). This track actually goes on, by crossing the Aratiatia bridge you can follow the mountain bike signs, and you end up back at Wairakei, and if you still have energy you can carry on either the track back to spa park, or on the Hwy 1 side back to Taupo, so you end up doing a big loop. Sometimes from Aritiatia back to Taupo this way can be a big confusing but just follow your nose or easier still a GPS. Have fun.

A great ride, and would rate it grade 3 because some people would not like the hills, which are not that bad but to some people they would be. If you want to arrange a vehicle at each end it may suit some people. Definitely worth the ride, or walk.

This little leg stretch is well placed and the hot pools are great too. It's nowhere near kinloch though...

not worth the money. but hey it's outside and you see some stufg

rock climbing
8 months ago

Good ride which takes just under an hour with a full pack of climbing and camping gear

great ride definitely not easy a grade 3 in my opinion lots of switch backs

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