Family events

It’s easy to beat the holiday refrain of “Mum, I’m bored!” in Taupō.

In spring, the whole family can compete to snag the biggest prawn at Huka Prawn Park’s annual two-week fishing competition.

Throughout summer there are Christmas festivals and concerts, markets and sports events. At Easter, everyone can join in with the home-made raft race at Lake Maraetai in Mangakino.

The Taupō Winter Festival is packed with family activities, from the giant snow-globe to indoor tobogganing, circuses, comedy, an obstacle course and a light trail. And if anyone is still complaining, you can threaten to enter them in the annual Mid-Winter Swim!

In September, the Ngāti Tūwharetoa Taiopenga Festival is a great day to immerse the kids in Māori culture, kapa haka and poi demonstrations, crafts and food stalls.

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