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, cafe 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.