Like a Local in Taupo

Like a Local in Taupo

Natural beauty, world class fishing, a smorgasboard of dining, and set on the north-eastern shores of the stunning Lake Taupo, there is so much to love about a holiday in Taupo.

There’s no better way to experience a new destination and all it has to offer than immersing yourself in true local style.

We have discovered Taupo’s best kept secrets and hidden gems that will have the whole family enjoying the lakeside location like a local.

Natural Delights

It’s no secret that Taupo is brimming with natural beauty and holidaymakers travel far and wide to skim the surface of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery.

Lace up your sneakers and embark on an easy two-hour return walk along the Waikato River where the roar and rumble of Huka Falls awaits. Described as a natural fire hose, witness more than 220,000 litres of water per second as it bursts through the hard volcanic rock.

Huka Falls

Taupo is abuzz with geothermal activity and Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs is amongst the region’s best. Renowned for being family friendly and featuring two outdoor thermal pools, 12 private pools, fresh water pools, a children’s playground and water slide, a trip to the Hot Springs is a must for all ages.

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Wine & Dine

If tasting good food and world-class wines is on your itinerary, Taupo will not disappoint.

With no shortage of cafes to choose from, the award-winning Piccolo Licensed Café is a great place to start, serving up delicious fresh food and a cup of coffee to match.

Snap up a bargain and souvenir of your time in Taupo at the Taupo Market. Find the best locally sourced, grown or made products every Saturday on the Riverside Park Reserve, also pairing as one of Taupo’s most beautiful parks.

Photo Source: Taupo Market
Photo Source: Taupo Market

Venture out of town to the lakeside village of Turangi and pay a visit to the Floating Rock Winery and Café, home to Kuratau River Wines. Try perfectly paired handcrafted wine varieties with mouth-watering local produce amongst breathtaking setting for an unforgettable day trip.

Picture Source: Great Lake Taupo
Picture Source: Great Lake Taupo

Attracting anglers from across the globe, it’s no surprise that Taupo serves up some of the best fresh fish. If you can’t hook your own catch, grab some fish and chips from The Fish Box and sit on the Lake’s edge for a picnic with a view.

The Fish Box
Picture Source: The Fish Box

The Great Outdoors

If you love the outdoors, Taupo is a playground. Unlock a hive of activity, from big waves to big slopes and everything in between.

Are you a golfing fanatic or just like a bit of healthy competition? Take a swing at the Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge and attempt to get your golf ball 100 metres over the lake and onto a floating pontoon.

Photo Source: Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge
Photo Source: Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge

Known as Australasia’s largest lake, locals flock to the placid Lake Taupo all year round for numerous water activities, from water-skiing to kayaking. However if you’re on the hunt for a safe spot for all the family to have a dip, Lake Taupo is one of the region’s best.

Lake Taupo

Set sail to New Zealand’s most extraordinary artwork, the Maori Carvings of Taupo. Only accessible by boat and featuring a series of deeply spiritual and highly significant figures etched into a 14-metre high rock face, this national icon needs to be seen to be believed.

Taupo Maori Carvings

With exclusive access to Classic Managed Resorts on New Zealand’s North Island, Classic members can stay on the edge of Lake Taupo at The Village Resort, the perfect base to experience Taupo like a local! Nearby Turangi is also the perfect destination to get close to the action, with a charming township less than an hour from Taupo with great year-round availability. Get in touch with Classic Holidays to book your North Island escape today.


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