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Top 10 Taupō autumn must do's

Autumn brings out the best of Taupō’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 Taupō should be on your autumn holiday itinerary.

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. 

2. Thermal bathing bliss

Autumn is the perfect time to discover the healing waters of this special region. As the temperatures start to dip there is nothing better than submerging into a delightful hot pool. With family-friendly options for a fun time with the whanau, an adult-only spa and a thermal complex for ultimate relaxation and free geothermal streams, there is something for everybody. 

3. Action and adventure

Whether you are adrenaline junky or are more interested in a sprinkling of action in your itinerary, Taupō has countless options for you. Afraid of heights? Why not face your fears by skydiving, parasailing or with a bungy jump! Got the need for speed? Then try jetboating or rent a jet ski. Or, for a scenic option that can also get the heart racing, the region's rafting will take you on a journey down some of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country.  

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 the top 10 marquee courses in New Zealand - The Kinloch Club and Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary

5. Scenic cruising

Water is Taupō’s defining element, and the best way to enjoy it is to get right onto 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 Ngātoroirangi Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings or visit the breathtaking Huka Falls on the emerald waters of the mighty Waikato River. 

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.

7. Walking and hiking

Taupō’s untouched ancient native forests and swamplands, impressive geothermal wonderlands, and breathtaking 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 Pathway, Huka Trails, Tongariro River Trail and Rotopounamu Track

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8. Geothermal wonders

Experience Taupō's energy in all its raw power at one of the geothermal parks. 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. If you're lucky, you may even witness a geyser erupting right in front of your eyes.

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 manuka 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 Market Central Taupō 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 Taupō town. You’ll find fashion boutiques selling designer clothing, shoes and jewellery, 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. 

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