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The combination of Lake Taupō and the Tongariro National Park is one of Aotearoa’s most aesthetically pleasing natural sights, and after a day of business and planning there’s nothing better than a vino with a view. Below we list four of the best bars to enjoy Taupō’s scenery with a beverage in hand.
Offering idyllic lake views is Millennuim’s Lakefront Bar. Enjoy a signature cocktail or crisp, local craft beer in front of the fire as you wind down with your peers. Tastefully furnished, sit back in the comfortable armchairs and gaze through floor-to-ceiling windows as the sun sets over Lake Taupō, which is only 20 meters in front of you. Bar snacks will tide your group over until dinner; perhaps at Millennium’s fine-dining Edgewater Restaurant.
Hosting your group at Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre? Then pop next door to Lake Bistro for panoramic lake and mountain views, with a side of culinary delights. The Lake Bistro’s terrace is perfect for sunny afternoon drinks, best paired with their al fresco and seasonal cuisine.
Taupō’s home of live music, sunsets and Peroni is at the Two Mile Bay Sailing Club. Seated at the very edge of Lake Taupō, indulge in an array of tap beer, wine, cocktails and wood-fired pizza with your peers. Join the friendly Taupō locals, or hire the venue (or separate seating area) exclusively for your group.
The elevated Bistro Lago at The Hilton Taupō gives you a world-class view over the lake, straight across to the mighty mountains of Tongariro National Park. Marvel at Mount Ruapehu with a Negroni in hand, while your group is treated to elegant canapés such as Squid, King Salmon and Beef Tartare. Here, your peers can spoil themselves with the extensive list of wines, spirits and mocktails, all whilst witnessing the sunset illuminating the mountains in a show of pink and purple hues.
If there’s one thing Taupō does best, it’s combining business with pleasure. Step outside of your comfort zone with a thrilling jetboat ride to get the blood-pumping before your next hosted event or get inspired from a conference room that overlooks crystal-clear lake waters.