Long lakeside walks or nature hikes 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 Taupō 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.