1. Word-class mountain biking
Taupō 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. Find out more about cycling and mountain biking in Taupō.
2. New Zealand’s biggest bike sale
Discover the Taupō 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 Taupō with selected purchases. Find out more about the Taupō Monster Bike Sale.
A second-hand bike sale will also be held on 13th April on the Tongariro North Domain where you can sell or buy road bikes, mountain bikes, BMX bikes, kids bikes and everything in-between. Find out more about the Taupō Second-hand Bike Sale.
3. School holiday family fun
Although the fun doesn’t stop there, the treasure hunt is expanding to the beautiful Tongariro River Trail in Turangi in 2019 with the Blue Duck Treasure Trail – more trails, more prizes and more activities to keep the kids happy these holidays. Find out more about the Red Bike Treasure Hunt and the Blue Duck Treasure Trail.
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. Taupō 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. Find out more about golfing in Taupō.
5. Scenic cruising
Water is Taupō’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 Taupō’s scenery. See the spectacular snowy peaks of Tongariro National Park across Lake Taupō or sail to the incredible Māori rock carvings at Mine Bay or visit the breathtaking Huka Falls on the emerald waters of the mighty Waikato River. Find out more about Taupō scenic cruises.
6. Fishing charters and guides
Taupō is renowned for its great fishing on back-country rivers, the world-famous Tongariro River, and on Lake Taupō. Hire a fishing guide and explore pristine river mouths and beaches, or an experienced charter captain who will share their favourite spots on Lake Taupō by boat and prepare your catch onboard. Find out more about fishing in Taupō.
7. Walking and hiking
Taupō’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 Taupō’s unforgettable scenery on a crisp autumn day via lakefront and riverside strolls like the Great Lake Walkway, Huka Trails, Tongariro River Trail and Rotopounamu Track. Find out more about walking and hiking in Taupō.
8. Hot springs & geothermal
Experience Taupō'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. Find out more about geothermal attractions in Taupō.
9. Local cuisine
Taupō 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 mānuka honey, grass-fed Taupō 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 Taupō Market every Saturday morning. Find out more about places to eat in Taupō.
10. Boutique shopping
With free parking and pedestrian-friendly streets, it couldn’t be easier to indulge in some boutique-style retail therapy in Taupō 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 Taupō town’s charming laneways and alleys. Find out more about shopping in Taupō.