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It’s tough to pick a favourite, but spring might just be the perfect season to visit Taupo, as the first breath of warmth makes all things possible.
Short getaways are a proven antidote to burnout and a spring micro escape to Taupo is the perfect way to reconnect, rejuvenate and ease your way out of winter and into the outdoors. If you're wondering what makes Taupo so good in spring, here's 7 very good reasons!
The ski fields on Mt Ruapehu stay open later than anywhere else in Australasia, with Whakapapa open to the end of October. The superb, slightly softened snow conditions are perfect for learners and kids, and the uncrowded slopes mean you'll find fresh trails well into the afternoon.
And if you're not skiing, sightseers can travel on the impressive Sky Waka gondola (open year-round) high above Whakapapa Ski Area, to the Knoll Ridge Chalet. Perched on the edge of Mt Ruapehu, the views are nothing short of spectacular.
Under the soft, spring light, forest walks, scenic cruises, long hot soaks in thermal hot pools and days on the golf course are even more beautiful than usual, especially with new leaves sprouting on the trees, and spring flowers in blossom.
The trout are waking up too, and ready to start biting in the back-country rivers and streams. Hire a fly fishing guide and try your luck!
And as locals venture outside more after the winter, the Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival, annual Kinloch village markets and Guy Fawkes fireworks extravaganza are a great excuse for celebration.
You won't be hard-pressed for great places to eat in Taupo - locals love Creel Cafe and RUST Gourmet Burger Bar in Turangi, lakeside dining at Lakeland House in Tokaanu and L'Arte Cafe in Acacia Bay. Perched on the edge of Mt Ruapehu, the views from Knoll Ridge Chalet are nothing short of spectacular. And in Taupo town you can't go past Storehouse, Baked with Love, Cafe Baku or Vine Eatery for a fireside wine at the end of the day.
Taupo town is renowned for its boutique shopping - it's not uncommon to meet people who have traveled far and wide to seek out coveted items from the town's independent lifestyle, fashion and homeware stores. Many artists and artisans choose to make Taupo home and you will find their galleries and open-studios dotted around the lake - pick up a copy of the Taupo Art Trail guide and make a day trip of it. You'll find plenty of beautiful items to perfectly curate your Christmas gift-giving!