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If your trip to Taupo is all sorted out but your travel itinerary is a little on the empty side, let us give you a few hints and tips.
Plan a stop at Taupo Hot Springs. It's one attraction you'll usually find on many visitors' must-do lists. A.C. Baths and Taupo Bungy are also close by and worth a pit stop.
If you're searching for day-trip inspiration, we've got a couple of suggestions. Sitting 40 miles away, Rotorua is worth hopping in the car for. Lake Rotorua, Skyline Rotorua and Lake Okareka alone make the drive out worth it. Situated 43 miles away, Whakapapa is another popular tourist destination. If you swing by, be sure to check out Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Te Porere Redoubt.
Here are our suggestions on how to hit the road with some extra cash in your wallet:
Whether you're vacationing on your own or with your friends, CarRentals.com can help you find the perfect set of wheels for your Taupo adventure. An economy car is a terrific choice if you'll be spending a lot of your time in the downtown area. Affordable and reliable, these cars will get you from point A to B quickly and comfortably. If you feel like standing out from the crowd, have a look at our special category. We know you'll find something that'll attract a bit of attention! Got the little ones with you? A spacious SUV should suit your needs.
Sometimes the journey is more significant than the destination, which makes choosing the right car important. If you're about to embark on an epic road trip around Taupo, a roomy SUV could be the answer. If you're looking for the cheapest price possible and plan on staying mostly in the city, a budget compact is a clever pick. All you have to do is decide what'll suit you best, round up the troops, and clock up those miles.
When driving in a new destination, you should have a good understanding of the local traffic regulations. Here's what you need to know to cruise around Taupo safely:
In Taupo, motorists drive on the left side of the road. This means the driver's seat is on the right-hand side. If your rental vehicle has a manual transmission, get used to changing gears with your left hand.
You'll discover plenty of places to leave your car in Taupo. Even in the heart of the action, there's often a space right where you need it.
One awesome thing about escaping to a smaller city is lighter traffic, so you don't have to worry a whole lot about rush-hour gridlock. With a population of about 22,500, you can expect a smooth Taupo driving experience.
Yes, there are. In Taupo, speed limits range from 50 km/h to 100 km/h. Residential zones have a default speed limit of 40 km/h unless stated otherwise.
Most of the time, your chosen rental company will bill the amount fined to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may provide your contact information to local authorities so they can send a fine straight to you.
It is against the law to use your cell phone while driving a car in Taupo, and you could even be hit with a fine for simply holding your phone when you're in control of a vehicle. However, the use of hands-free or Bluetooth functions is allowed, as long as your eyes remain on the road.
In Taupo, it's against the law to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content) above 0.05%. If you're thinking of having a drink or two with lunch or dinner, leave the car at your hotel.
Turning on a red light is illegal in Taupo. Always be on the alert for traffic signs and lights so that you don't breach any traffic laws.
Although there are some exceptions, seat belts must be worn when the vehicle is in motion in Taupo District.