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Top 10 Taupo autumn must do's

Autumn brings out the best of Taupo’s relaxing holiday vibes, being the perfect time for walking and biking journeys with family and friends, long soaks in geothermal hot pools and lakeside wining and dining over lingering golden sunsets late into the night. Here are the top 10 reasons why Taupo should be on your autumn holiday itinerary.

1. Word-class mountain biking

Taupo has some of the best mountain biking in New Zealand with purpose-built trails to suit every type of rider from family friendly and e-bike trails, to technical cross-country, mountain bike and BMX parks to epic overnight journeys and grade 5 downhill rides. Explore the trails on your own, hire a bike, take a guided trip or book a multi-day package - however you chose to do it you’ll uncover experiences and scenery that will take your breath away. 

2. New Zealand’s biggest bike sale

Discover the Taupo Monster Bike Sale these April school holidays! All the brands, all the stores, and all the best local knowledge. Plus, go in the draw to win one of two epic cycling holidays in Taupo with selected purchases. 

second-hand bike sale will also be held on 11 July on the Tongariro North Domain where you can sell or buy road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX bikes, kids bikes and everything in-between. 

3. School holiday family fun

Have fun with the family exploring Taupo by bike with the popular Red Bike Treasure Trail, running throughout the April school holidays along the Great Lake Pathway in Taupo town.

The fun doesn’t stop there, the treasure hunt expanded to the beautiful Tongariro River Trail in Turangi in 2019 with the Blue Duck Treasure Trail and the Green Gecko Treasure Trail in Mangakino in 2020 – more trails, more prizes and more activities to keep the kids happy these holidays. Find out more about the Taupo Treasure Trails.

4. Unique golf courses

Enjoy world-class golfing set in idyllic lakeside locations surrounded by rolling hills, native trees and wildlife, and epic mountainous backdrops. Taupo is home to nine reputed golf courses two of which are consistently ranked in the top 100 courses outside the US, and top 10 marquee courses in New Zealand - The Kinloch Club and Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary

5. Scenic cruising

Water is Taupo’s defining element and the best way to enjoy it is to get right on to our lakes and rivers on a scenic cruise, showcasing the best of Taupo’s scenery. See the spectacular snowy peaks of Tongariro National Park across Lake Taupo or sail to the incredible Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings or visit the breathtaking Huka Falls on the emerald waters of the mighty Waikato River. 

6. Fishing charters and guides

Taupo is renowned for its great fishing on back-country rivers, the world-famous Tongariro River, and on Lake Taupo. Hire a fishing guide and explore pristine river mouths and beaches, or an experienced charter captain who will share their favourite spots on Lake Taupo by boat and prepare your catch onboard.

7. Walking and hiking

Taupo’s untouched ancient native forests and swamplands, impressive geothermal wonderlands, and breath-taking volcanoes are crisscrossed with excellent walking and hiking tracks of all lengths and levels of difficulty. Witness Taupo’s unforgettable scenery on a crisp autumn day via lakefront and riverside strolls like the Great Lake Pathway, Huka Trails, Tongariro River Trail and Rotopounamu Track

8. Hot springs & geothermal

Experience Taupo's energy by soaking in its warm healing waters at one of the regions geothermal hot pools or immerse yourself in steam clouds and the sound of bubbling mud as you meander through geothermal walkways like Craters of the Moon or Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave.

9. Local cuisine

Taupo boasts an extensive selection of award-winning fine dining restaurants, family-friendly gastropubs, lakeside bars and vibrant cafes set to inspire your inner foodie with local ingredients like manuka honey, grass-fed Taupo beef and lamb, wild venison, and locally brewed craft beer on the menu. Don’t miss artisan food stalls with handmade breads and baked delights, and the freshest organic produce at the Market Central Taupo every Sunday morning. 

10. Boutique shopping

With free parking and pedestrian-friendly streets, it couldn’t be easier to indulge in some boutique-style retail therapy in Taupo town. You’ll find fashion boutiques selling designer clothing, shoes and jewelry, trendy art galleries and stylish and quirky homeware stores. You may also be surprised to witness New Zealand’s largest collection of street art murals adorning buildings and walls, as you meander Taupo town’s charming laneways and alleys. 

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