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Check in to your fantastic Taupo accommodation. With amazing options for all budgets, you’ll be well looked after regardless of whether your weekend base is a budget-friendly backpackers like Taupo Urban Retreat, a great hotel or resort like Wairakei Resort, luxurious private accommodation like Te Moenga Lodge, or anything in between.
Then head down to enjoy a beer and meal at one of Taupo’s many great little pubs. Experience a brewery tour at the Crafty Trout, head to Pub ‘n’ Grub or The Deck for a bevy and burger with a lakeview, or to Vine to try the best selection of New Zealand wine and artisanal food. These establishments are all within walking distance of the town centre; the hardest thing will be deciding where to start.
Places of interest
Vine Eatery & Bar
Pub n Grub
Te Moenga Lodge
Taupo Urban Retreat
Crafty Trout Brewery
Wairakei Resort Taupo
For a breakfast on-the-go, Taupo has some of the best options in the country. Baked with Love offers gourmet sandwiches on fresh baked loaves and sweet treats that are small, delicious pieces of art. Or for the lovers of pies, consider Paetiki Bakery who have a long track record of winning medals for their wide array of delicious flaky, savoury treats, or head to Fast & Fresh Bakery to try the 2017 NZ Bakels Supreme Pie Award winning venison, bacon, mushroom, and cheese pie.
Then kick off the day’s activities with some laps around the track. Taupo Karts will sort the men from the boys with their lightning fast 390cc karts – the biggest engine of any recreational kart in the world! The team will set you all loose on the track to see who can secure pole position with the fastest lap. Then you will regroup for the big race, to determine who has bragging rights and who shouts the evenings first round.
That afternoon head down to the boat harbour to catch a boat for some fun out on the water. Taupo is replete with great boat operators who offer everything from a small group fishing experience to sightseeing, fishing and skeet shooting charter. Be sure to ask the captain if you can swing by the iconic Ngatoroirangi Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings before heading back to shore.
For the evenings festivities there are few places better to start the crawl than the Two Mile Bay Sailing Club. This sun-soaked little establishment sprawls out down to the shoreline. Enjoy Peroni on tap with woodfire pizza from your chosen perch – be that down on a picnic table on the lake’s edge, a comfy couch looking out across to the mountains, or on the enclosed pier right above the water.
Later that night head into Taupo township for a night of fun and festivities; the most popular spot for nightlife is Tuwharetoa Street, or better known to locals as ‘Pub Street.’ Here you’ll find everything from live music, DJs and karaoke, to jugs of beer, cocktails and mocktails. No matter your scene, an epic night awaits you.
Places of interest
Two Mile Bay Sailing Club
Baked With Love
Come morning you will be looking for a flat white and big breakfast to recuperate after the night’s celebrations. Cafe Baku has some hearty, delicious options - including a mind-blowing country mince on toast and epic eggs benne. Storehouse is also a fun ‘n’ funky option; who doesn’t love fried chicken on waffles? Or for a choice of hearty, healthy and always delicious options consider Bodyfuel Cafe to fuel the morning and drive back home.
Then to dust off the cobwebs, consider one of Taupo’s most iconic adrenaline attractions. Nothing will clear the head like a leap of faith off New Zealand’s only cliff-top bungy. At AJ Hackett Taupo Bungy & Swing you can choose from going solo or in tandem for that friend that needs his hand held to get over the edge.
Before you head home, stop off at the Lake Taupo Hole In One Challenge to test your skills and potentially walk away with an extra $10,000 in your pocket. With three holes of varying difficulty to aim for on this floating pontoon on the lake, they average a hole-in-one every two weeks. You could be next!
Places of interest
Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge
AJ Hackett Bungy Taupo
Bike Taupo hosted international mountain bike legend Bas van Steenbergen and current Queen of Crankworx and three times Canadian downhill national champion Vaea Verbeeck for an epic few days riding in Taupo New Zealand.