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Kaimanawa Forest Park

Wild and ancient, the river-run mountains of the Kaimanawa Forest Park have long called to adventurers and hunters. Wild horses, sika and red deer roam the park, and the mostly untouched native beech forests are alive with native birds (including kiwi), insects, the large indigenous snail Powelliphanta marchanti, and native bats.

Lying to the south-east of Lake Taupo across the Kaimanawa Ranges, the vast park encompasses tussockland, native bush and shrubland. Visitors to the park can expect the unexpected, from the surprise appearance of a deer, wild horse, or recreational hunter, to New Zealand soldiers dropping in by helicopter to practice army manoeuvres in the park’s rugged terrain. 

There are beautiful forest walks for tramping, including one that leads to the rocky river canyon known as the Pillars of Hercules, and an easy forest loop with an unusual variety of native trees.

The Kaimanawa Heritage Horses

The park’s quiet, hardy mixed-breed wild horses have been living here since the late 1800s. After the New Zealand government declared them protected in 1981, the population grew so large they were endangering the natural ecosystem. The population is now maintained at around 300, with a bi-annual muster that aims to find homes for all the mustered horses.

Things to do in the Kaimanawa Forest Park

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  • Bed & breakfast

    Tongariro Adventures The Boathouse

    Exclusive use of new, purpose built accommodation comprising a kingsize bed; separate bathroom with shower, vanity unit and toilet; 3 seater comfortable, cushioned sofa, high quality furniture and fittings. Exclusive use of own outside area and BBQ

    $160 - $180 Book now
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    W2K section of the Great Lake Trails

    The W2K section of the Great Lake Trails provides great views across Lake Taupo and back down towards Kinloch, one of the most beautiful lakeside villages in the country.

  • Apartments

    A Little Luxury

    Relax in style in this luxuriously appointed one bedroom self-contained unit just a short stroll from the shores of Lake Taupo.

    $110 - $200 Book now
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    Chevron Motel

    Here at Chevron Motel, we welcome you with spacious, apartment style units close to the CBD. We are located in central Taupo; 1 block to the town centre, close to cafes, bars, the RSA, restaurants and cinema.

    $139 - $269 Book now
  • Cafes

    The Coffee Club Taupo

    Despite our name, The Coffee Club is about much more than just excellent coffee. At The Coffee Club you'll find a large range of breakfast, lunch and dinner meals available at any time of the day.

  • NZNAMlink Gifts & Clothing

    NZNAMlink is a collective of clothing and gifts sourced from around the world using the principles of Fair Trade.

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    The Loft Taupo

    An invitation to step into a world full of old-fashioned charm and kiwi hospitality. Just 5 minutes from Taupo township, The Loft is nestled on a hillside above Lake Taupo in picturesque Acacia Bay. There is a great restaurant within walking distance

    $195 - $230 Book now
  • Hot pools & health spas

    Tongariro MediSpa

    Relax with a Massage or All Natural Facial at Southern Lake Taupo's only day spa or join us for one of our regular Yoga or Pilates classes. Private classes also available on request.

    $10 - $140
  • Cycling & mountain biking

    Craters Mountain Bike Park

    Craters Mountain Bike Park is a purpose-built mountain bike park located only a short distance from Taupo town, with trails ranging from children’s entry level to technical cross country and downhill trails.

  • Business & professional services

    Harcourts Holiday Homes

    No one knows Taupō better! Taupō Holiday Homes are your specialist holiday letting agents with over 90 Taupō baches, apartments and holiday homes to offer.

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