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Three reasons to include Taupō in your winter holiday itinerary

Three reasons to include Taupō in your winter holiday itinerary

Defined by an ancient volcanic landscape, with mesmerising lake and snow-capped mountain vistas, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve been lured into a magical winter wonderland when you arrive in Taupō.

Ski on an active volcano, try your hand at fly fishing, discover great eateries and boutique shopping, stay in a lakeside lodge, or revitalise your body in warm geothermal waters – you’ll quickly discover a destination that offers everything you need for a unique winter holiday.


Taupō is only 1 hour 15 minutes’ drive from New Zealand’s largest commercial ski area; Whakapapa, and with a huge range of accommodation available, it’s the perfect base for your winter ski holiday.

Characterised by million-dollar views, Taupō has everything from holiday parks, motels, hotels, and apartments to some of New Zealand’s most sought-after luxury lodges.

The daily snow shuttle takes the hassle out of getting to the snow, with daily return mountain transport from Taupō and Turangi to Whakapapa.

Sort your gear hire and passes before you leave, jump on board and enjoy the stunning volcanic scenery along the way.


There’s a lot on offer in Taupō after a day on the slopes. Come and see the town come to life with fairy light-lined streets and cosy bars and restaurants with hearty winter food menus, mulled wine and crackling fires.

There’s locally brewed craft beer and wood-fired pizza on the lakefront, gourmet cuisine at top end restaurants and familyfriendly dining throughout the town.

Many of these establishments offer spectacular sunset views and a vista of Lake Taupō with the snowcapped mountains of TongariroNational Park in the distance.

For an onmountain après ski experience, head up to Whakapapa on a Friday or Saturday night for night skiing.

With live music, tasty Mexican food and cold beer at the Schuss Haus Corona Bar, it’s a real highlight – plus you can catch the shuttle for a worry-free return trip!


Taupō is a volcanic, geothermal wonderland with a huge range of off-mountain activities. Soak away the aches and pains of a day spent on the snow at one of the geothermal hot pools or make the most of the region’s free-draining pumice soil with excellent winter walking, golfing and mountain biking conditions.

Three reasons to include Taupō in your winter holiday itinerary

Three reasons to include Taupō in your winter holiday itinerary

For those with an adventurous spirit, discover adrenaline activities like jet boating, white water rafting, bungy jumping and sky diving or take the family on a gentle scenic lake cruise, or private fly-fishing charter on Lake Taupō.

There is an array of options for every group in Taupō, and with boutique shopping, art and craft galleries, craft beers and artisan foods to sample, you really will be hard pressed to fit it all in.

Discover more reasons to visit Taupō this winter at GreatLakeTaupō.com. 

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