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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.
Bikes on Taupo is Taupo's most convenient family focused bike rental business; with bikes starting from $20 for two hours and plenty of trails to keep you busy and having fun. Why not see the beautiful lake and scenery with one of our bikes?
Rhode House is a 4 bedroom 4 bathroom Taupo holiday home with peaceful lake views and WiFi. This well appointed holiday home is an excellent family option, just a 5 minute walk to the waters edge, and a 5 minute drive into the town centre.
Crafty Trout Brewing Co. uses Lake Taupo’s mineral waters formed through volcanic fire and glacial ice along with New Zealand’s finest malts, hops and yeast.
Nau mai Hāere mai - Welcome to our backyard. Visitor's journey is ensured whilst enjoying views and scenic historical sights in and around Turangi, Lake Taupō and the Tongariro National Park. Choice of activities or café styles can be added too.
The Point Luxury Lodge offers an exclusive holiday experience in a very private and safe, gated community. An excellent getaway from the hustle and bustle, perched directly above the beautiful Whakamoenga Point on the shores of Lake Taupo.