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Need some indoor fun this school holiday?

The great philosopher John Ruskin once said, “Rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." And this week, it’s good weather for indoor fun! Check out this rainy-day itinerary at Taupō’s newest family destination, The Landing.

Whether it’s a rainy day or you’re looking for something new for the whānau, it's the one-stop spot with incredible food (brunch and dinner), sweet treats to enjoy, one-of-a-kind futuristic gaming and indoor entertainment like tenpin bowling, a trampoline park and an arcade for hours of excitement and creating new family memories.

12.00 pm – Family brunch at Café Lacus

Nothing brings the family together quite like a good brunch. For the perfect poachies, fluffiest pancakes, and a variety of big breakfasts, treat yourselves at Taupō’s newest café! Café Lacus’ vision of being an eatery for all ages to enjoy makes it the perfect place to fuel your day of adventures.

Thanks to a curated menu with unique spins like the Yorkshire Breakfast, a heaping plate of breakfast favourites to fill up dad, and french toasts to make the kids smile.

Coffee lovers, rejoice! The creamy nitro cold brew on tap will kick-start your afternoon of fun in the most delicious way. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try their Saffron Nitro Brew or Salted Caramel Nitro Brew. The café's unique décor will compliment your insta-feed, featuring photo ops such as photo booth, hut-style seating and swings in the outdoor area.

1.30 pm - Leap into another reality at The Cave

You won’t even notice the rain outside while testing your racing skills at Formula One, climbing Mount Everest, exploring the deep oceans with great white sharks, or escaping the Lost Pyramid together.

Looking for an unforgettable family outing this school holiday? Then The Cave is your key to opening a new reality!

4.00 pm – Treat yourself (and the family) to Suga Mumma’s Dessert Bar

After working up an appetite and exploring virtual worlds, the whānau may be ready for something sweet. Sugar Mumma’s is the perfect spot for an afternoon treat, but it isn’t your regular ice cream parlor...

It's a full dessert bar offering nostalgic desserts with a modern flare. You and the kids enjoy tried-and-true favourites like Salted Caramel to gourmet takes on classics like Blood Orange Chocolate Shatter.

But the treats don’t stop there! Try the deluxe milkshakes made with your favourite flavours topped with macarons, whipped cream, hot sauces, and candy. But if you’re ready for a new dessert experience, be sure to try their croissant ice cream sandwiches or sugar fries.

5.00 pm – Dine Top-Gun style

Do you feel the need, the need for speed!?

Mavericks is Taupō’s newest gastropub, inspired by the famous action-drama Top Gun. Mavericks captures the imagination of old and new Top Gun fans, complete with "vintage aviation" décor and an authentic replica WW2 US Navy fighter plane.

Expect to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails like the Talk to me Goose or Tom Cruises’ Dark N Stormy and a “light” meal like a Chimichanga or a Tomahawk Steak. Between the dynamic décor, the bold food and the lake views, this is a memorable dining experience for the whole family!

6.30 pm – An evening for the young adventurer and the young at heart!

After the top-honors feed at Mavericks, venture to Taupō’s newest indoor entertainment centre, Dropzone at The Landing, complete tenpin bowling, trampolines, Ninja course, arcade, indoor playground, café and pizza bar – the perfect location for family fun in whatever weather. 

Jam out to the legends of Guitar Hero or shoot your shot at the basketball hoops. The latest interactive arcade and video games are the perfect battle for your family. 

After hours of playing at the bounce park (indoor trampolines), the kids will sleep well. And the older ones are free to have a bit of sibling rivalry on the Ninja Course at the indoor playground 

Taupō's only indoor tenpin bowling alley is the best way to end the evening! Fresh tunes, electric lights, and yummy snacks like Dropzone Poutine and Dragon Wings satisfy mid-game hunger. With everything Dropzone offers, your family might never want to leave.  


Book your indoor fun!

  • Cafés

    Cafe Lacus - Lake Taupo Eatery

    Café Lacus - Lake Taupo Eatery serves a wide range of à la carte menu, cabinet food options, sweet treats, and a wide range of drinks.

  • Theme & leisure parks

    Dropzone at The Landing

    Get ready, the indoor entertainment starts here at the Dropzone at The Landing – Taupo’s newest entertainment destination.

    $10 - $15
  • Venues & accommodation

    Mavericks Gastro Pub & Conference Centre

    Mavericks Gastro Pub is Taupo’s newest pub and conference facility, close to the airport and only a 10 minute drive from the town centre.

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