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