Guidebook for Taupo

Jo And Mark
Guidebook for Taupo

Parks & Nature

It's one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand. The falls can be accessed via road, or an easy walk that starts from Spa Park. The walk will take around 2 hours return (please note that cycling is not allowed).
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Huka Falls
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It's one of the most visited natural attractions in New Zealand. The falls can be accessed via road, or an easy walk that starts from Spa Park. The walk will take around 2 hours return (please note that cycling is not allowed).
Soak in the natural thermal pools at Spa Park - in a beautiful, relaxed natural environment - bet of all it's free! The Huka Falls Walk also starts from Spa Park - this is a popular touist track that follows the Waikato River above the Huka Falls and provides some fantastic views!
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Парк Спа Термал
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Soak in the natural thermal pools at Spa Park - in a beautiful, relaxed natural environment - bet of all it's free! The Huka Falls Walk also starts from Spa Park - this is a popular touist track that follows the Waikato River above the Huka Falls and provides some fantastic views!
Tongariro Domain is Taupo's main park situated adjacent to the Central Business District. The domain is a popular area for our community and visitors to enjoy a leisurely walk, a picnic or to take their children to the playground area. The Garden of Significance in the South Domain is a lovely place to visit if you enjoy roses, flowers, or native and exotic shrubs and trees.
Tongariro Domain
Tongariro Domain is Taupo's main park situated adjacent to the Central Business District. The domain is a popular area for our community and visitors to enjoy a leisurely walk, a picnic or to take their children to the playground area. The Garden of Significance in the South Domain is a lovely place to visit if you enjoy roses, flowers, or native and exotic shrubs and trees.

Sightseeing

A unique display of man vs nature. The Dam opens every day for around 15 mintues. The water is released from the Aratiatia Dam down through the Aratitia Rapids. Please note that swimming is not permitted at the Rapids as it is extremely dangerous. Please pay attention to signs, safety warnings and sirens. Please see http://aratiatiarapids.co.nz/ for further information.
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Aratiatia Rapids
630 Aratiatia Road
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A unique display of man vs nature. The Dam opens every day for around 15 mintues. The water is released from the Aratiatia Dam down through the Aratitia Rapids. Please note that swimming is not permitted at the Rapids as it is extremely dangerous. Please pay attention to signs, safety warnings and sirens. Please see http://aratiatiarapids.co.nz/ for further information.
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Huka Falls
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Watch the rapids at Aratiatia before jumping on a cruise up the river to the base of the Huka falls. See hukafallscruise.co.nz for further information.
Huka Falls River Cruise
Watch the rapids at Aratiatia before jumping on a cruise up the river to the base of the Huka falls. See hukafallscruise.co.nz for further information.

Entertainment & Activities

The North Island's most popular bungy at 47 metres high! You can also do the Cliffhanger swing here!
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Taupo Bungy
202 Spa Rd
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The North Island's most popular bungy at 47 metres high! You can also do the Cliffhanger swing here!
The AC Baths are geothermal hot pools, most popular with families as the pools are safe for swimming under water and dive bombs – perfect for the kids! There is also heated indoor and outdoor lap pools for the serious swimmers.
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AC Baths and Thermal Hot Pools
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The AC Baths are geothermal hot pools, most popular with families as the pools are safe for swimming under water and dive bombs – perfect for the kids! There is also heated indoor and outdoor lap pools for the serious swimmers.
Just a short stroll down the road from the house! A nice place to relax with a coffee or even a drink. 16ft keelers, catamarans, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddle board and rowboats available for hire. Live music every Sunday night.
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Two Mile Bay Sailing Club
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Just a short stroll down the road from the house! A nice place to relax with a coffee or even a drink. 16ft keelers, catamarans, windsurfers, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, paddle board and rowboats available for hire. Live music every Sunday night.
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Skydive Taupo
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The ride is full of thrills, fun and excitement and takes you along the beautiful Waikato River, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and hot water streams. The jet boats travel at up to 80km an hour and along the way you’ll experience some thrilling 360 ° spins
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Hukafalls Jet Taupo
200 Karetoto Rd
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The ride is full of thrills, fun and excitement and takes you along the beautiful Waikato River, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and hot water streams. The jet boats travel at up to 80km an hour and along the way you’ll experience some thrilling 360 ° spins
Natural thermal springs - also offer a range of Massages. 14 years and over.
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Wairakei Terraces
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Natural thermal springs - also offer a range of Massages. 14 years and over.
Swing by to take on the original Hole in One challenge by hitting golf balls 102m (111 yards) out onto a floating pontoon to win the ultimate prize of $10,000 cash.
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Hole in One Taupo
61 Lake Terrace
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Swing by to take on the original Hole in One challenge by hitting golf balls 102m (111 yards) out onto a floating pontoon to win the ultimate prize of $10,000 cash.

Food Scene

A boutique brewery making craft beer and cider - a one-stop shop for beer, food and trout lovers!
BierKAFE @ Crafty TROUT Brewery
135 Tongariro St
A boutique brewery making craft beer and cider - a one-stop shop for beer, food and trout lovers!
Lone Star Cafe & Bar
24 Roberts St
European style dining - excellent food!
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The Bistro
17 Tamamutu St
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European style dining - excellent food!
Go where the locals go and watch sports on the big screen, enjoy a meal, have a drink and take in the views from the deck.
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Mole & Chicken Restaurant Cafe & Bar
40 Taharepa Rd
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Go where the locals go and watch sports on the big screen, enjoy a meal, have a drink and take in the views from the deck.
Award winning restaurant that serves craft beers and kiwi inspired food.
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Plateau Bar + Eatery
64 Tuwharetoa St
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Award winning restaurant that serves craft beers and kiwi inspired food.
A great Italian eatery, offering a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
Portofino Italian Restaurant
28 Tuwharetoa St
A great Italian eatery, offering a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
Mediterranean & New Zealand Cuisine, Craft Beer, Fine Wine & Cocktail Lounge.
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Vine Eatery & Bar
37 Tuwharetoa St
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Mediterranean & New Zealand Cuisine, Craft Beer, Fine Wine & Cocktail Lounge.
'Jollys is a casual British Pub themed restaurant & Bar that has become an icon in dining in Taupo. They offer good value, wholesome fayre served in a pub type surroundings. Great lake & mountain views from virtually every table (or bar stool) or from the large outdoor decks.
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Jolly Good Fellows
76-80 Lake Terrace
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'Jollys is a casual British Pub themed restaurant & Bar that has become an icon in dining in Taupo. They offer good value, wholesome fayre served in a pub type surroundings. Great lake & mountain views from virtually every table (or bar stool) or from the large outdoor decks.
Our local take-away shop. You'll find the menu in the visitors book at the house. Great food, good value.
Fishy Business
32 Richmond Ave
Our local take-away shop. You'll find the menu in the visitors book at the house. Great food, good value.
L’Arté Café and Gallery is not to be missed when visiting Taupo. The café and gallery are both set in a magical, art filled garden, complete with an outside mosaic living room. Resident ceramic artist Judi Brennan’s work is evident everywhere and is sold exclusively from the gallery at L'Arté.
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L'arté Cafe & Gallery
255 Mapara Rd
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L’Arté Café and Gallery is not to be missed when visiting Taupo. The café and gallery are both set in a magical, art filled garden, complete with an outside mosaic living room. Resident ceramic artist Judi Brennan’s work is evident everywhere and is sold exclusively from the gallery at L'Arté.
Cobb & Co. Taupo
29 Tongariro St
Great food, atmosphere and service.
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The Brantry Restaurant
45 Rifle Range Rd
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Great food, atmosphere and service.
English pub ideal for lunch or dinner. Nice outdoor courtyard with a playground for the kids.
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Ploughmans Restaurant
45 Charles Cres
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English pub ideal for lunch or dinner. Nice outdoor courtyard with a playground for the kids.