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“Traditional lodge food used to be a soup, a salad, a steak, I’m not here to cook that. I want to give people an experience that they’ve never had before. I’m competing against a million-dollar view and I want the food to shine on its own. I don’t want people just looking down the river as they eat. I want them to look at their plate as well.”Find out more
Glass artist Lynden Over’s award-winning style is distinctive and striking. Working in front of a roaring furnace, he twists and blends molten canes of coloured glass together in a painterly way, swirling and stippling the colour in layers to create dramatic, weighty glass vessels that are sought-after by collectors around the world.Find out more
“They say a photograph tells 1000 words, but for me, a photograph only tells part of the story. When you look at a photograph, you are missing out on the sensation of the area, being out there in the cold and the wind. The satisfying way your crampons stick on the ice. There is a lot that you can never capture in a photograph.”Find out more
Snow capped mountains, crystal clear waters, raging rapids, thermal hot springs and lush greenery are just some of the incredible natural features on offer in Taupo. To help you plan your trip, here's a list of the best Taupo attractions and activities.