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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 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.
Bay Court Lakefront Motel is situated just across the road from the lake, 1 kilometre from town. Twelve spacious, smoke free units - bedroom, lounge, kitchen and bathroom - some with spa bath.
Luxury wedding and event stationery locally designed and made in Taupo, New Zealand. Ready to order and custom designed invitations and stationery, from first birthdays to wedding stationery. Save the date cards, wedding invitations, on the day stationery, signage, thank you cards.
Need a cosy holiday to recharge the batteries? 'Central By The Lake' is a warm and welcoming spot, ready and waiting to host your stay.
With a wood ceiling and an open-plan layout, the Pavilion Restaurant provides a relaxed ambience for a buffet breakfast as well as à la carte evening dining.
Tukino Lodge is owned and operated by the Tukino Alpine Sports Club. One of three lodges at Tukino Ski Field on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu. We provide affordable and comfortable accommodation on the mountain for our members and guests.