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Autumn in Taupo

March / April / May
12˚C – 25˚C

As the heat of summer cools into crisp mornings, warm days and star-filled nights, Taupo offers a rich visual and gastronomic bounty. Autumn is a season to relax and indulge the senses.

Long lakeside walks, nature hikes and biking are the best way to see the spectacular autumn colour show of the trees. A boat cruise is a relaxing way to admire the scenic wonders of Lake Taupo or find some of New Zealand’s best trout fishing spots. If you’re a keen golfer, any one of the top-class golf courses offers a great day on the fairways.

Foodies can sample local garden-to-plate dining at one of the many cafes and restaurants, perhaps after a soak in a geothermal hot spring. And if the weather turns, just settle in front of a crackling fire at a luxury retreat, charming lakeside lodge or boutique guest accommodation.

Autumn stories

Autumn is 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. 

Top 10 Taupō autumn must do's

Autumn is the perfect time for walking and biking journeys, long soaks in geothermal hot pools and lakeside wining and dining over lingering golden sunsets late into the night. 

Walking & Hiking

10 best Taupo autumn walks & hikes 

Food & Drink

The insider’s guide to food and wine in Taupo 

Waikato River Trails couple biking on a bridge - Waikato River
Cycling & Mountain Biking

Bike the bridges 

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