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 Taupo 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 Ngati Tuwharetoa Taiopenga Festival is a great day to immerse the kids in Maori culture, kapa haka and poi demonstrations, crafts and food stalls.