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The Lake Taupo region has every adrenalin pumping adventure you could want. And a heap you’ve never tried before we bet!
Ready to just relax? We’ve got all the comfort bases covered too, from boutique to grand
The Lake Taupo region has every adrenalin pumping adventure you could want. And a heap you’ve never tried before we bet! Options include jetboating, 4×4 motorbiking, white-water rafting, kayaking, jet skiing, tandem skydiving, bungy jumping, horse trekking, parasailing, replica race-car driving, mountain biking, abseiling, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding. Try water-skiing, fishing, sailing or fly over and land on the lake in a float-plane. Bungy jump off a platform over the Waikato River, Tandem-skydive for a birds eye view of Lake Taupo, or get up close and very personal with the jaw-dropping Huka Falls in a jet boat or helicopter.
But it’s not just the “man-made” attractions that make the Lake Taupo region an adventure-junkies paradise. Take a moment to look around your surroundings. Wild, unspoilt, unmatched. The little town of Turangi at the southern end of the Lake is “Adventure Central”. On its doorstep are the Tongariro River, Tongariro National Park, Kaimanawa Ranges, Lake Taupo and the Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas. If it’s an outdoor adventure you’re after, start here.
Just in case you have the impression we only do rugged, relax. We’ve got all the comfort bases covered too, from boutique to grand. Huka Lodge near Lake Taupo consistently ranks as one of the top 10 lodges in the world. The Queen has stayed here many times, bless her. At the southern end of the Lake are more internationally renowned lodges where movie stars and ex-Presidents discretely retreat for a spot of TLC (trout, luxury and champagne). And in Tongariro National Park, the setting sun turning a massive, snow-covered volcano pink has to be one of the best lounge bar views in the world.
Fine tune your game on one of the six excellent golf courses in the region. Dine out in one of the many wonderful restaurants. Soak in a natural mineral spa, sunbathe in a secret bay, sip a fine cappuccino at one of the many cool outdoor cafes. Or grab a map and follow our colourful new Arts & Crafts Trail. And remember not to pack too much for a Lake Taupo holiday because the shopping around here is excellent with many of the shops open seven days a week.
Both the Taupo and Tokaanu townships offer weary travellers the ultimate health spa experience – the chance to luxuriate in bubbling, hot natural mineral waters with nothing above you except the stars. Just minutes north of Taupo near the village of Wairakei are boiling mud pools, thermal valleys and steaming geysers plus brilliantly coloured silica terraces. Hot stuff alright.
Eat, Drink and be Merry
Lake Taupo has a smorgasbord of eating-out choices, from award winning restaurants to fun ethnic restaurants, cheap and cheerful cafes and friendly little bars. We even have New Zealand`s highest winery. Bring your own trout and most local restaurants will be happy to cook it for you – phone first to be sure.
Even the coffee tastes better here – call into one of our sunny, outdoor cafes and enjoy a cappuccino served with fresh air, not traffic fumes. seafood at a geothermal prawn farm. Lake Taupo is full of funky bars, where you can boogy your lower end off into the small hours of the morning. We’ve even got a 24 hour cafe ready and willing to make you a well deserved snack before you head home.
Heritage and Culture
In the beautiful Whirinaki rainforest, local Maori offer a fascinating and illuminating eco-cultural experience with fully escorted walks, treks and wonderful manaakitanga (hospitality). For a further fascinating insight into the customs and history of the Tuwharetoa people, visit Wairakei Terraces where you can see a replica Maori village, treasured Maori carvings, indigenous cultural performances and enjoy a traditional hangi feast. Or board a boat and explore the lake to find the giant rock-face carving of Ngatoroirangi at Mine Bay on Lake Taupo.
We’re a great place for families – Take the kids trout fishing, cruising or sailing on the Lake, go eco-exploring secret beaches in a kayak or float down the Tongariro River on a white water raft. In summer there’s every watersport you can shake a snorkel at. In winter there’s every snowsport from tubing to snow scooters and the beginner facilities on Mt Ruapehu are brilliant. Hire a mountain bike and zoom along some of the many beautiful forest trails. Go horse trekking, 4 wheel quad biking or mini-golfing. We’ve got thermal water parks, indoor climbing walls and hole-in-one golf.
In a country world famous for trout fishing, the Lake Taupo region is the best of the best. The trout here are big; legendary for their size, condition and attitude. Anything under 4 pound (1.8kg) is considered a minnow. A real New Zealand adventure is to hire a guide and explore some of the gin-clear streams and rivers of the region. The Tongariro River at the Southern end of Lake Taupo is one of the best trout rivers in the world – a ‘temple of the sport’ as one overseas magazine raved.
At the National Trout Centre beside the Tongariro, a new under-river viewing room lets you get a trout’s-eye view of the action. Big, fat rainbow trout on one side of the glass, fishermen weeping on the other. Even if you’re a novice, the chances of catching a gleaming, silver trout during your stay are very good. Some of the local guides who operate charter boats on the Lake actually guarantee you’ll catch a trout. And you haven’t lived until you’ve eaten fresh manuka-smoked Rainbow-on-rye.