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The family-fun event was set to kick off as part of the 2020 Taupo Trails Festival in autumn, however due to Covid-19 was put on hold.
“We are thrilled to again be able to deliver this event under the banner of the Malcolm Flowers Insurances Taupō Winter Festival,” says DGLT Marketing and Communications Manager Anna McLaren.
The Taupo Treasure Trails passport challenge encourages families to complete three treasure trails around the region; the Red Bike Treasure Trail in the Taupo town centre, the Blue Duck Treasure Trail on the Tongariro River Trail, Turangi and the inaugural Green Gecko Treasure Trail on the Maraetai section of the Waikato River Trails, Mangakino.
“Thanks to a huge number of supporters, there are some amazing prizes up for grabs for kids that complete the treasure trails, including weekends away, rafting trips, bungy jumping, bike shuttles, accommodation and even kids’ bikes – and the more trails you ride, the more chances there are to win.
“We have hundreds of kilometres of world-class, year-round riding in our region thanks to our pumice-rich soils, along with many trails that pass tourism experiences, cafés and bars and unique accommodation. It’s all about exploring more of the region, discovering new trails and enjoying our tourism experiences and hospitality,” says Anna.
“Taupo is home to many family-friendly biking and hiking trails and these treasure trails are a great way for families to get out and about and have a fun outdoor experience together”, says Anna.
Passports are available from the Taupo and Turangi i-SITE’s or can be downloaded from lovetaupo.com/taupotreasuretrails. Families can bike one, two or three of the treasure trails (the more trails the more chances to win), then drop completed passports back to the i-SITE’s or Mangakino Library to be in to win.
The Taupo Treasure Trails are a partnership initiative powered by Destination Great Lake Taupo, Towncentre Taupo, Turangi Tourism Group, Mangakino CLD and Waikato River Trails, and delivered in collaboration with the Taupo Winter Festival.
The Malcolm Flowers Insurances Taupo Winter Festival runs from 3 – 19 July 2020 and includes plenty more family fun with the Unison Light Trail, Wairakei Estate Ice Rink, Rapids Jet Ice Slide, Ebbett Taupo Fun Zone and loads more. More information: taupowinterfestival.co.nz.
The popular Taupo Second-hand Bike Sale is also back and will be held on Saturday 11 July 2020 on the Tongariro North Domain. For a small fee, 100% of which will go towards Kids Bike Taupō, people will be able to bring their bikes and bike parts along to sell, or hunt for a preloved bargain. For more information about the Second-hand Bike Sale head to facebook.com/BikeTaupo.
To book your July school holidays in Taupo head to lovetaupo.com/stay. Keep an eye on the website and @LoveTaupoNZ Facebook and Instagram channels for updates and event details.