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Winter in Taupō

June / July / August
–2˚C – 15˚C

As winter snow blankets the mountains and the days turn cold with azure blue skies, Taupō becomes the ultimate alpine holiday destination.

Opening in June, the ski areas at Whakapapa, Turoa and Tukino are a dazzling playground, with skiing, snowboarding, and sledding slopes to suit all ages and levels of skill, and endless views from the chairlifts and New Zealand’s highest cafe.

After a day on the slopes, the geothermal hot pools of Taupō and Turangi will quickly warm chilly bones and re-energise tired muscles, before relaxing fireside with a glass of mulled wine.

If snow-play isn’t your thing, the lakes, forests and geothermal areas await for biking and hiking, and the region is full of adrenaline activities like jet boating, bungy jumping, sky diving and car racing that will get your blood pumping.

Even when it’s raining, there are still plenty of things to do: peruse Taupō’s fashion and homeware boutiques and art galleries, catch a film at the cinema, or just relax at a restaurant, café or bar with a locally brewed craft beer and a delicious meal while waiting for the Matariki skies (the Maori name for the Pleiades constellation) to reveal their stars again.

Plan your Taupō winter holiday


The ultimate luxury ski holiday - North Island, New Zealand

Escape the ordinary and take a luxurious winter escape in Taupō, with hidden gems set to impress the most distinguished traveler. 


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Geothermal hot pools 

Taupō winter deals

Make your winter trip to Taupō extra special with these deals and discounts on the best attractions, activities, tours, things to do and places to stay.

  • Lava Glass

    Lava Glass Winter Treat

    With every item bought from our new delicious blackboard café menu, you'll receive free entry into our glassblowing studio and sculpture garden.

    Save $15 pp Valid weekdays in June and July 2019, except for Queens Birthday Weekend and school holidays. More info 
  • Family Extreme Swing Winter Deal!

    Book 4 x extreme swings and SAVE up to $120! Choose solos or tandems

    Only NZD $ 499

    family of 4 x extreme swings

    Valid between: 9 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2019

    More info 
  • Poronui Lodge

    Heli-to-ski winter package

    A luxury getaway, heli-to-ski and a full day on the mountain - magic.

    NZD $2,250pp Two nights double/twin. Available from July to September. Prices are based on groups of 4 riders, includes all meals. More info 

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