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Taupo vs Rotorua

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Taupo vs Rotorua

Dear friends,

We are want to spend 3 nights in Taupo and Rotorua, would like to get some opinions whether to spend 2 nights in Taupo and 1 in Rotorua or the other way around. We are travelling end of March, planning to stay at the Hilton in Taupo. Thanks in advance for the inputs...

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Taupo District, New Zealand
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1. Re: Taupo vs Rotorua

It really depends on your interests and expectations. Rotorua, known locally as Rotovagas has 101 things to do and is a total tourist town - you either love it or hate it! Taupo is more laid back & is popular with NZers who own holiday homes on the lake. There are some nice walks & a few drives. It is closer to Tongariro NP if you are not going that way later & want to make a day trip there .

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Rotorua
Rotorua District, New Zealand
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Taupo District, New Zealand
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2. Re: Taupo vs Rotorua

I now this is a bit late but wanted to offer my thoughts a repeat visitor to North Island for future visitors to this discussion, about Taupo vs. Rotorua.

Rotorua has more activities, probably more appealing to young families, younger and more energetic travelers and those looking for adventure. Taupo is more scenic, laid back and relaxing, probably better for a bit older travelers seeking less adventure activities and more quieter lakeside environment.

Overall, we like Rotorua but we love Taupo. Both are great additions to the long list of places worthy of visitation on the North Island.

Here are reviews (w/pictures) for both Lakes if of interest and/or useful to future visitors of this discussion thread.

Lake Taupo

tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS

Lake Rotorua

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g255111-d268…

Ideally, visitors will be able to visit both locations!

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