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TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING AMAZING!

welcome to Taupo

As a kiwi embarrassed of not doing many of these amazing hikes - I would encourage EVERYONE & ANYONE to do this - one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done ... the views are stunning! Review by Chantelle L a TripAdvisor traveller

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HUKA PRAWN PARK great attraction We had a fabulous time with the kids at this place. Could’ve easily spent the whole day here. We will visit again for sure. Review by Maree T a TripAdvisor traveller

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TAUPO’S FLOATPLANE fantastic

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Wow what a fantastic flight with George, great pilot went over and above duty, picked a good day all over Taupo looking at sites, good commentary. Review by 8222015 (UK) a TripAdvisor traveller


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WAIRAKEI TERRACES lovely surrounds and relaxing pools

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Definitely worth spending a couple of hours here … Welcoming staff and very relaxing thermal pools in pleasant surroundings. Review by Westoz (Perth, Australia) a TripAdvisor traveller

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SPOON & PADDLE Tops my Taupo list. Easy. …being coffee enthusiasts (I’m a barista) and keen foodies, we’ve been making our way around the local cafés. I can safely say that Spoon and Paddle still tops my list. Review by Janelle W a TripAdvisor traveller

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TONGARIRO RIVER RAFTING a great fun family day out

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This was one of the best things we did on our trip. The scenery was absolutely stunning and it was fun and exciting. We did it as a family and had a boat to ourselves with just our guide. Our kids are 12 and 14 and it was a great family activity. Review by Tina (Australia) a TripAdvisor traveller


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Taupo Not just a great big lake. This is the North Island’s volcanic heart and ultimate playground.


Home to New Zealand’s largest fresh water lake, volcanic wonderlands and the famous Huka Falls, Great Lake Taupo is truly blessed with world-class natural attractions, and is an all-seasons destination offering the perfect blend of leisure and adventure.

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elcome to the North Island’s volcanic heart, a vast natural paradise we call Great Lake Taupo (’toe-paw’). Locals regard Taupo as the centre of everything, their passion for this town is undeniable. At the geographic centre of the North Island, nothing is too far away, making Taupo the perfect hub for your holiday. The district is an area of sublime natural beauty and diversity as it sits amidst clean green countryside, spectacular mountain scenery, beautiful native bush and some of the largest pine forests in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s no wonder visitors consider Taupo to be the ultimate adventure playground and it’s no surprise that they keep coming back. SHAKY PAST Great Lake Taupo is also located in one of the most active geothermal and volcanic regions in the world, with the most recent activity occurring in 2014 from Mt Tongariro. Lake Taupo sits in the caldera of a volcano which began erupting 300,000 years ago. The caldera formed from a collapse during the Oruanui eruption 27,000 years ago, which threw out 750 cubic kilometres of ash and pumice – making Krakatoa (eight cubic kilometres) look like a pimple. The Oruanui eruption was followed by another (the Taupo eruption) just 1,800 years ago, one of the largest ever recorded in the world. It felled great forests, burned trees 30 kilometres away and covered 20,000 square kilometres with pumice. Recorded as far away as Rome and China, records tell of the sun in the east being blood-red, lacking in light and giving the appearance of the heavens being ablaze. The eruption was so huge that ash has been found in ice cores drilled in Greenland. Dotted around the lake’s shores are beautiful bays and townships that offer their own unique flavour to visitors from

all walks of life, adding to your stay in the region. From the main township of Taupo at the north east tip of the lake, you can follow the lake around to the west and enjoy Acacia Bay, Kinloch, and take in the captivating beauty of the Western Bays. Venture southwards to savour another realm of rewarding adventures at the southern lake, which includes the township of Turangi. Today, the region is still renowned as a trout fishing capital. You can experience some of the best angling in New Zealand for rainbow and brown trout. You can fish in the lake, its two major rivers (Tongariro and Waikato) or the many tributaries. The lake and rivers are also very popular for a variety of winter and summer water sports, including kayaking, sailing, water skiing, jet boating, parasailing and rafting. THE GREAT OUTDOORS The neighbouring countryside and untouched forests provide the perfect environment for hiking and mountain biking, and for the more adventurous, an array of adrenaline-pumping experiences are at your doorstep. Experience the world’s only geothermally heated prawn farm, walk on lunar landscapes or helicopter over crater lakes. In winter, the region comes to life as an ideal base for the ski season. Just a short drive from the ski fields, local operators can arrange transport, ski and snowboard hire, as well as instruction to make your visit to the snow memorable. Though synonymous with adventure, sports, events and winter snow activities, on a quieter note, the region is the ideal location for those wanting to unwind and relax. Enjoy a round of golf, a cruise around Lake Taupo’s scenic bays, explore the delta wetlands or take a leisurely stroll immersing yourself in Taupo’s rich café culture. Definitely a playground for maximum fun and to ignite your senses!

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reat Lake Taupo is a perfect springboard for an overwhelming range of activities from the sedate to the sensational. You’ll find outdoor pursuits to suit all ages, all seasons and all weather against a spectacular backdrop of some of the country’s most magnificent scenery, from the great lake, to world heritage site Tongariro National Park and the ancient forests of Pureora, Kaimanawa and Whirinaki.

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NATURE’S ULTIMATE PLAYGROUND Needing ideas? We’ve got play time sorted with a great selection for all walks of life – large groups, conferences, independent travellers and families, to help you keep those kids busy! Enjoying your time in Taupo is about enjoying the great outdoors, everything we have on, above, and around us.

Play Take a deep breath and get ready to play! You’ve arrived in adventure central and it’s time to get stuck in. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or a ‘chill’ seeker get your kicks or unwind out on the water, in the air, in the bush, or by the lake. Taupo is a playground bursting at the seams with adventure.

Venture out on a scenic bike ride along the beautiful lakefront or try some of the fantastic mountain bike trails for a few hours at Spa Park or a few days on the Great Lake Trail and The Timber Trail. For tracks to suit all levels of experience and fitness, head to Craters MTB Park in Wairakei Tourist Park. While you’re out there, try your hand at prawn fishing, walking on lunar landscapes, a Maori cultural experience, soaking in thermal mineral pools, golf and getting lost in a giant maze! Helicopter over crater lakes or rough it up whitewater rafting on the Tongariro River enjoying truly spectacular thrills and glides through pristine pools and breathtaking gorge. If you’re a water baby, it doesn’t stop there! You can kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings, jetboat... and then dry off by jumping out of a plane. The district will not disappoint no matter what kind of adventure you are after. A fantastic place to relax and play all year round, you’ll wish every experience you do, you can do all over again!


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› Thermally-heated pools › Hydro-slides › Tarzan swing › Swim shop and hire equipment › Private pools › Sauna › Cafe Open every day except Christmas Day.

Located at Taupō Events Centre, corner of Spa Road and AC Baths Avenue. Check out our website or contact us for opening hours on 07 3760350.

Corner of Spa Road and AC Baths Avenue, Taupo Open seven days, 6am to 9pm.

TAUPŌ DISTRICT LIBRARIES We have three libraries in the Taupō District offering school holiday programmes, book-lending and free wifi.

TAUPŌ MUSEUM Find out more about the history of the Taupō District and visit the Ora Garden of Wellbeing. › Art galleries › Māori wharenui – meeting house › Gift shop

› Taupō Library, Story Place Open Monday to Saturday

› Turangi Library, Turangi town centre Open Monday to Saturday

Story Place, Taupō Open daily 10am to 4.30pm.

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trails by foot TOP 5 WONDERFUL WALKS Here’s our top pick of local walks that you may not have heard of; Spa Park to Huka Falls (enjoying a swim at Spa Park’s hot pool), Kinloch to Kawakawa Bay, Opepe Historic Bush Walk, Tongariro River Trail, Great Lake Walkway. Visit the friendly team at Taupo’s i-SITE Visitor Centre, Ruapehu Street, for more information.

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the big bangs THAT FORMED THE LAKE

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We swim in it, we play on it, and it’s the size of Singapore. The stunning Great Lake Taupo is a volcanic crater with that owes its beauty to a very violent and traumatic history. The Oruanui Eruption created the volcanic basin approximately 27,000 years ago. The eruption has been remarked as the most violent eruption history has ever recorded – with a Volcanic Explosivity Index of 8 (which is the highest the index goes to, described as mega-colossal). 430km3 of ash and deposit was generated from the eruption, with fragments covering much of the Central North Island, fiery rock dust clouds up to 200m deep! The ashfall was immense, with an 18cm ash layer as far as the Chatham Islands (1,000km away). Māori legend states that the Oruanui eruption sent so much ash into the atmosphere that the sun was blocked across the entire world for two weeks. Then, in approximately 181 / 186 AD another eruption (the Hatepe or Taupō Eruption) occurred – smaller in comparison to Oruanui (7 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index), ejecting 120km 3 of which a third was ejected in the space of a few minutes. This makes it one of the most violent eruptions in the last 5,000 years and it is the eruption responsible for shape of the modern caldera. It was recorded that ash from the eruption has been found in ice cores drilled in Greenland and Antarctica, and at the time of the eruption, Ancient Romans and Chinese experienced dark red skies from the fallout.

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NEW Discovery Centre opening early 2017

There are so many ways to enjoy the largest lake in New Zealand, but no visit to Taupo is complete without exploration into the beautiful bays of Lake Taupo by boat. The best place to start is a visit to Taupo Boat Harbour, situated right in the heart of the town centre, at the mouth of the Waikato River. At the end of Ferry Road (off Lake Terrace) discover a raft of fishing, cruising and watersport busineses ready to show you what Lake Taupo is all about. You can charter your own boat to visit more exclusive spots, or relax with a cruise boat operator to show you the top tourist attractions, such as the magnificent Maori Rock Carvings in Mine Bay. One of New Zealand’s must see visitor attractions, you can only access the carvings by fishing, cruise and kayak tours. Let the professionals take you up close for that perfect shot. It is also a great spot for a swim! Since the 1880s when trout were first introduced to Lake Taupo, people have never tired of fishing the lake and its tributary rivers and streams for a legendary rainbow or brown trout. Renowned for its fly-fishing, the area boasts some of the finest rivers in New Zealand. But seeing Lake Taupo is not enough, you have to catch a piece of Lake Taupo before you leave. For the complete experience, there’s nothing better than chartering a boat, relaxing on board in the sunshine with a wine and catching your very own trout, it is after all the only way you can try it. Your skipper might even BBQ your catch for you while you’re out on the water, recounting local knowledge and history of the lake, and a few fishy tales along the way.

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In 2016, Taupo celebrated 40 years of master carver Matahi WhakatakaBrightwell’s gift to Lake Taupo - the Maori Rock Carvings in Mine Bay.

Ngatoro-i-rangi, a visionary Maori navigator who guided Tuwharetoa

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ramatic volcanic landscapes, lush forests, rich culture, a vast lake; these sights and experiences will leave a lasting impression. VOLCANIC ZONE The world’s largest and most active volcanic zone, Taupo district is rich with fascinating thermal areas and evidence of the lake’s fiery birth at spots like Craters of the Moon, Orakei Korako and Wairakei Terraces boasting geothermal walkways, lunar landscapes, silica terraces, gushing geysers and inspiring natural beauty.

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Further afield, at the top of Mt Ruapehu’s Whakapapa skifield you can see coast to coast on a clear day. The vastness and diversity of the Central Plateau landscape features amazing colours, lush pastures, desert flora, extensive forest and winding rivers – much to see and inspire. NZ’S MOST VISITED Taupo’s most popular natural attraction is part of a fabulous walk; Spa Road to Huka Falls. The mighty Huka Falls creates an impressive spectacle as 220,000 litres of water is forced through a narrow chasm. From here continue your walk to the raging torrent of Aratiatia Rapids, another ‘must see’.

See Dominated by two magnificent geographical features, the Great Lake and a trio of snow-capped volcanoes, the region has an abundance of grand vistas and breathtaking scenery; some of New Zealand’s finest untouched, unspoilt and uncrowded countryside. And so many awesome ways to see it all!

BY ROAD, BY FOOT, BY AIR There are so many fabulous ways to see this beautiful destination, whether it’s by road, by foot, by bike, from the air or by boat. Take a tour or lake cruise with one of the local operators to the best attractions, join one of the many beautiful trails on foot or mountain bike for some thrills through the bush. Get a bird’s eye view from the air with one of our experienced pilots to show you the vastness of the lake, majestic mountainscapes, crater lakes, geothermal wonderlands and national park forests. There are many leisurely and exhilarating options in the area to keep you busy that will inspire, educate and fascinate. The dramatic backdrop and rich culture are just the tip of the iceberg. For sightseeing, attractions and family adventures you’ve come to right the place, so get out there and see Taupo.


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Take a ‘look back in time’ and experience the very cornerstone of Maori custom and culture. This experience is intense, powerful and emotional, and will leave you with lasting memories of a culture that is alive and growing. Wairakei Terraces will entertain and educate, you will be in awe of nature’s capacity to be fashioned yet still retaining a naturalness that is pleasing to the eye as well as the senses….

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SPA THERMAL PARK The only thing better than a relaxing soak in natural hot springs is when it’s free! Spa Thermal Park, situated at the top of Spa Road is home to Otumuheke Stream. Spilling into the crystal clear waters of the mighty Waikato River, sit and soak your cares away in any season.

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Orakei Korako is aguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand - Lonely Planet Guide

Mt Tauhara is a beautifully rustic bush walk with birdsong and a summit of rewarding views and photo opportunities. Trustees of this culturally significant landmark have generously opened up access to walkers and they hope that all who enjoy it, also care for it, during their time on the mountain. The carpark sits at the end of Mountain Road off SH5 (to Napier). It can be a challenging track as you are walking through natural native bush rather than perfectly manicured walking trails. The first stage of the walk crosses an operational farm. The track is clearly marked however. Depending on your fitness level, allow 1.52hrs to complete. It’s usually a slow climb up, a scenic rest at the top, and a much faster trip back down! Pack plenty of water. Once you are at the top, there is a narrow trail that takes you across the top of the mountain, out to a rocky area where you can sit and take in the panoramic views of Lake Taupo. This is where you can grab that magic photograph.

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Maori legend tells the following of Mt Tauhara; The warrior mountains of Taranaki (Mt Egmont), Putauaki (Mt Edgecumbe), Tongariro and Tauhara were deeply in love with Pihanga, the mountain that stands above Turangi at the southern end of Lake Taupo. A battle erupted between the mountains to win Pihanga’s affections and the victor was Tongariro. Defeated, the other mountains were to retreat and travel as far as they could by dawn. Overnight, Taranaki fled west, Putauaki and Tauhara fled north. Putauaki moved fast and today stands in Kawerau. Tauhara was so saddened, he traveled reluctantly with a heavy heart always looking back. By dawn he had only made it to the north eastern shore of Lake Taupo.


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GLASS BLOWING GALLERY CAFE & SCULPTURE GARDEN

Be mesmerised watching hand-manipulated glass art being formed in our unique working studio. Browse the largest collection of handmade glass art in New Zealand. Enjoy the onsite licensed cafe, be tempted by the delicious range of homemade delicacies, blackboard menu, and selection of New Zealand wines and beer. Wander through the sculpture garden - a landscaped setting with 500 glass sculptures designed to amaze and surprise you. Giant Kaleidoscopes, a glass waterfall, plus some of the biggest glass art ever blown in New Zealand, make for a unique experience never to be forgotten. WINNER GREAT LAKE TAUPO¯

OPEN 7 DAYS 9AM - 5PM PHONE 07 374 8400 165 STATE HIGHWAY 5, WAIRAKEI, TAUPO EMAIL lavaglass1@gmail.com VISIT www.lavaglass.co.nz


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huka falls New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction and a must see during your stay in Taupo!

The Huka Falls is an impressive set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains Lake Taupo. Named from the Maori word huka, meaning ‘foam’, they are a visual feast of power and you can find them situated in Wairakei Tourist Park. WHAT CAUSES THE FALLS? The Waikato River, normally up to 100 metres wide, narrows to just 15 metres, which is what causes more than 220,000 litres of water to thunder through and over the 11-metre-high waterfall into the frothing blue-green pool below… enough water to fill one Olympic sized swimming pool Stunning in 11 seconds!

created and about Mighty River Power’s role in regulating the flow rate. VIEWING THE FALLS Make sure you give yourself plenty of time so you don’t have to rush this experience because there are so many viewing points to choose from, each one providing a great photo opportunity. Admire the falls from many different angles; the main bridge, either side of the river... just make sure you’ve got a selfie stick! Access across the main bridge and to the various lookout spots is very user friendly.

views, amazing pristine water, love seeing them every visit.

It’s not the highest waterfall by any means (the main fall just over 6 metres), but the sheer volume and speed at which the Waikato River forces its way through the narrow chasm is what makes Huka Falls an absolute spectacle. The roar of the water is ironically calming and the beautiful, riverside setting is quite tranquil.

The Huka Falls Visitor Kiosk offers even more information on how the falls were

331 Huka Falls Road, Taupo

 +64 (0)27 438 5738

GETTING THERE Get there from Spa Thermal Park along an easy walking track or by bike from Spa Thermal Park on the Rotary Ride (grade 2). Or it is an easy 5-minute drive north of Taupo’s town centre, along State Highway 1. The kiosk is open 7 days offering a small range of refreshments and souvenirs, and the friendly staff can also assist with local activity bookings.

OPENING HOURS Summer (Dec-Feb) Winter (Mar-Nov)

Open 9am 9am

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hat’s a vacation for if it’s not to treat yourself and totally unwind, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life? It’s time to throttle back from a hectic schedule and take time out to look after you on the inside and out. DAY SPAS & BEAUTY CLINICS Splash out on a few hours or a day of total pampering at one of our fantastic professional day spas, beauty clinics and salons, for the ultimate escape, girls’ day out, holiday makeover or mum’s retreat.

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Total rejuvenation can come from any of the therapies and beauty treatments available, whether it’s a facial, massage, mud wrap, hot stone therapy or mani/pedicure. Taupo businesses pride themselves on delivering an encounter that is incomparable and unique. Experience levels of relaxation you forgot existed and then finish off by melting away any remaining niggles and stresses with a soak in a hot mineral pool. It will leave you feeling revived and ready to bounce back for another onslaught of holiday adventure.

Indulge & Shop Turn off your devices, tune out and treat yourself. The unhurried lifestyle of Taupo locals is infectious and creates an environment in which to escape for some guilt-free indulgence and some much needed holiday retail therapy. So park for free and stroll at your leisure for some delightful restorative retail.

SHOP TAUPO Nothing follows a pamper better than retail therapy, so think village and boutique, not vast and impersonal. Think fresco not food hall. Taupo has something for everyone without the multi-level malls, cluttered car parks or shopping precincts. What you’ll find is a great selection of designer labels and shoes, high street fashion, galleries and gift stores in a relaxed, quaint setting. Stroll down the beautifully cobbled, clean streets; enjoy the diverse mix of retail, trade and service stores within one easy to navigate central location. Whatever your needs, occasion or adventure, local retailers are ready to serve you with a smile. While you’re in town, there’s bound to be an event on from sports events to concerts, cultural festivals to markets, and many are held at Tongariro Domain or the Amphitheatre, right in the town centre.


Choose Taupo’s Largest

AWARD WINNING Dermal Clinician

At Diamond Laser we pride ourselves on our knowledge and expertise in the latest beauty technology and great customer service. We have designed an elegant and luxurious environment in which to pamper and spoil you. Your time with us is simply that, your time, and our consistent focus is to make that special.

Nails

Waxing

Mini Mani (normal polish) Shellac Mini Mani Shellac Deluxe Mani Shellac Mini Pedi with Shellac Shellac Deluxe Pedi Full Set French Acrylic/Gel Backfill Go30s Prescription Nails

$40 $50 $60 $50 $60 $85 $65 $60

Pregnancy Back Massage Full Body Massage Mummy Facial Tired Feet Swollen Ankles Pregnancy Massage

$60 $85 $98 $60 $130

Lip & Chin Lip or Chin Under Arm Full Arm Bikini Full Leg & Bikini Full Leg 1/2 Leg Brazilian First Time Brazilian Maintenance Nape of Neck Male Chest Male Back Male

$25 $15 $25 $30 $20 $65 $60 $40 $60 $50 $15 $50 $45

Makeup - Youngblood Special Occasion Day Make-up

Body Treatments Shoulders & Neck Massage (45min) Rotorua Thermal Mud Wrap & Scrub (1h) Hot Stone Massage (1 hour) Couples Massage in our Forest Room (1h)

$60 $130 $130 $199

$85 $50

Spray Tans Full Body Half Body

$40 $20

We also cater for Weddings and Group Pampers, bookings tailored to your every need. Share an indulgent pamper experience for your birthday, hen’s party or corporate event.

NZ Beauty Association Representative

LATE NIGHTS

Tuesday to Thursday | Bookings Essential

10a Totara Street, Totara Point Shopping Centre, Taupo www.diamondlaser.co.nz | 07 378 4823 |

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Indulge in our gorgeous chandelier lit, contemporary French style salon. Our talented team of hair specialists & professional skin therapists are highly skilled and dedicated to providing you with the best experience possible.

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Beauty Treatments

Lavish Salon

Wedding Styling

9 Tamamutu St, Taupo • 07 377 2005 www.cremebrulee.co.nz • /Cremebrulee-Hair-Beauty

POLISHED B E AU T Y - B O DY - N A I L S

Suncourt Plaza, 19 Tamamutu Street, TAUPO

• (07) 377 0110 • info@polishedtaupo.co.nz • www.polishedtaupo.co.nz


igneous rock TAUPO’S BEAUTY SECRET!

You’ll notice Lake Taupo shores are riddled with pumice stones. Pumice is an igneous rock common to volcanic regions and is extraordinarily light and 90% porous. It is widely used as an abrasive in cosmetic exfoliates and in salons during the pedicure process to remove dry and excess skin from the bottom of the foot and smooth away roughness and calluses, leaving your feet feeling revived and ready for another day. To use at home, prepare your feet by soaking them in warm soapy water, or use an oil in the water to help soften the skin. Pat dry, then in a circulation motion, use the pumice stone to work on any dry, rough and callused areas. Finish off by moisturising your feet. Doing this one to three times per week will keep your feet feeling beautiful and silky smooth throughout the year.

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Services

Living Rewards

Brands

So when you set out for your walk along Taupo’s lakefront, pick up a piece of pumice and try it for yourself, the results are guaranteed! But did you know the many other uses for pumice? Hair Removal; though a slow process, using pumice stone on moistened, soapy skin in a smooth circulation motion will slowly reduce and thin hair growth. Not recommended for delicate areas (face or bikini line), but suitable for arms, shoulders and legs. Fashion; to get that distressed look on your jeans, rub the pumice stone on the area you want until you get the level of wear you are looking for. Gardening; as pumice is highly porous, it is excellent for aeration and drainage. It is great for conditioning soil, great for layering at the bottom of pots, and perfect for turf management (parks, sports fields, golf courses).

Life Pharmacy Taupo 35-37 Heu Heu Street, Taupo Phone: +64 (7) 378 6100 Fax: +64 (7) 378 6101 Email: taupo@lifepharmacy.co.nz Store Hours Mon - Fri: Sat: Sun:


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healing waters A LONG TRADITION

Maori have a long tradition of natural holistic health practices that are now being received by a worldwide culture interested in health, wellness and natural medicine.

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A century ago, the bubbling and steaming lands of Waiora Valley were a major visitor attraction for the Taupo area. Travellers worldwide came by train, by horse or stagecoach, to soak in the therapeutic pools and streams, or to simply marvel at the boiling earth, coloured silica’s and bright green ferns and mosses. Descriptive writings by early explorers who travelled to the area at the turn of the last century, tell of a place so remarkable that at first sight it appeared to be artificially designed by man’s hand. This previously forbidden land of terraces, geysers, springs and mud holes, with its growth of varied vegetation, its rich beauty of ferns, its rare and beautiful mosses and its luxuriant trees, were described to the outside world as a natural phenomenon unlikely to be found anywhere else. es rrac i Te irake a W I

TOTARA POINT SHOPPING CENTRE 29 TOTARA STREET, TAUPO PH 07 378 3156

www.danskemoblertaupo.co.nz

The little shop with everything.

Maori settled in this area around 1000 years ago. They believed that the hot pools and springs contained healing powers and qualities that aided the treatment of skin diseases and brought relief to people suffering arthritic and rheumatic ailments. The waters of the Te Kiri o Hinekai Stream were highly valued for therapeutic and smoothing effects. After having bathed in these waters, people would testify to feeling physically and spiritually cleansed and invigorated. Today, at Wairakei Terraces, visitors can enjoy the benefits of these waters again. Pools of varying temperatures have been strategically positioned below the silica terraces and waterfall, taking full advantage of the geothermal water flow that is drawn to the earth’s surface from 1.5km underground.

33 Heuheu Street • 07 378 7941 Fashion, Scarfs, Jewellery, Handbags, Shoes & an Extensive Range of Maxwell & Williams

33 Heuheu Street

07 378 7941


Café and Gallery Art Lovers will discover a dream world of extraordinary dimensions. Explore the pathways surrounded by art and creativity in this mature garden and discover L’Arté’s unique little Gallery.

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Acacia Bay Shops

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255 Mapara Road, Acacia Bay, Taupo 10 minutes drive from Taupo town centre OPEN WED - SUN / 8AM - 4PM (Open every day during Jan & most public holidays)

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PHONE O7 378 2962 www.larte.co.nz

THE wOOlSHED Our sumptuous range of gifts and clothing includes: Sheepskins :: Slippers :: Wool sweaters Merino and Possum knitwear Mohair throws :: Sheepskin Footwear Swanndri clothing :: Knitting Wools NOW STOCKING MERINO MINK

9 Marama Arcade, Taupo

t 07 376 5660 e shop@thelinenroom.co.nz

www.thelinenroom.co.nz

OPEN 363 DAYS OF THE YEAR P 07 378 9513

:: cnr Ruapehu & Paora Hapi St


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tongariro domain

Fair Trade Gifts and Clothing & Clikz Inter-Changeable Jewellery

Jo Hoogerbrugge  021 930 118 

johoog@gmail.com Shop 8 · Suncourt Plaza Tamamutu Street · Taupo

PLAY TIME FOR EVERYONE! Where people gather socially, for recreation, events and community activities. At one end, the domain is home to many events so see what’s on during your stay. At the other, a fantastic park and children’s playground – perfect for time out, a mini-train ride, and a game of chess.

www.clikzjewellery.com

We have retail stores in Taupo and New Plymouth. We stock a broad range of products including clothing, crystals, sterling silver and gem jewellery, posters, photography, souvenirs, body piercings and ornaments. We also carry Nemeses ornaments, statues and fairies as well as Anne Stokes. We have everything you need for a 21st celebration. Get in touch to see how we can help you.

79 Devon Street East, New Plymouth 88a Ruapehu St, Taupo Hours: Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm Sat 9.30am - 3pm

stardustwanganui@xtra.co.nz www.stardustcreations.co.nz Ph 07 378 5884

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Everything you need for your kitchen NEW DESIGNER STORE with fantastic brands – in taupo

TOP NOTCH . STYLISH . DESIRABLE HOME

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FIND US 8 Gascoigne Street, Taupo |  07 377 4455 SHOP ONLINE www.chefscomplements.co.nz

Proud stockists of Burrow & Be, Dimples, George & Edi, MOR, Me & My Trend, Tony Sly Pottery, Philippi, Simply Italian and Red Letter Jewellery. 9 He u H e u S t r e e t , T a u po | 0 7 3 7 8 9 3 2 6 | w w w . c o l l a bo r a t i o n . n e t . n z

A RETAIL STORE WITH A MODERN ECLECTIC VIBE

events capital HAVE SOME FUN Home to a vast range of national and international events including Ironman, Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, the Great Lake Relay, and the Summer Concert Tour.

FABULOUS DESIGNER FURNITURE. LAMPS. GIFTWARE. ART. JEWELLERY. Established 1996. Goods sent Worldwide 31 HEU HEU ST, TAUPO 07 377 6022. AH 021 241 8448 198 MAUNGANUI RD, MT MAUNGANUI 07 575 6600

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24 Horomatangi Street  07 378 9594 www.lavishfashion.co.nz /LavishFashion

and more

CLOTHING - SHOES - ACCESSORIES - SUIT HIRE P 07 378 7441 12 Heuheu Street, Taupo OPEN 7 DAYS

www.villagesquire.co.nz


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ining out is such a popular part of the Lake Taupo lifestyle, with a smorgasbord of choice offering distinctive flavours, contemporary European dishes, seasonal menus and impeccable presentation to make this town an exceptional dining experience. 40

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION An enjoyable dining experience is as much about the atmosphere and setting around you as what is on your plate. During warm sunny days and balmy evenings, patrons can enjoy street dining at a number of restaurants and cafes with lake and mountain views. As the seasons change and the wintry chill from the mountains sets in, many eateries boast roaring fires to keep you cosy. FINE, WILD, ETHNIC OR HOME-STYLE? For its size, Taupo has a vast range of cuisine with an international flavour to tempt any palate. You can experience the finest in Thai, Indian, Japanese, Greek and Italian, all in our tiny town centre. Spoilt for choice, the range of quality establishments caters to every taste as well as every budget. COOK YOUR CATCH! For those visitors fortunate enough to catch a trout, most restaurants in Taupo will be happy to cook your catch for you just check in advance. Or look out for wild food fare to try something a bit different.

Taste Fine, wild or ethnic, make it memorable with Taupo’s unique, fresh and diverse cuisine. The region has a culinary heritage with a flair for flavour, taste and style. Local restaurateurs pride themselves in offering the finest selection of New Zealand-grown produce and ingredients.

If you’re simply after a fine wine or a beer, Taupo is brimming with sports bars, trendy boutique bars, quaint home-style pubs and an active nightlife as well. You may be surprised to know that Taupo is an emerging wine producing region with vineyards dotted around the lake. Distinctive handcrafted wines created from Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir grapes reflect the area’s unique terrain of high altitude, cool climate and free draining volcanic soils. From café, bistro to cosy pub or internationally renowned silver service, taste Lake Taupo and savour a world-class experience along with fantastic service.


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T S E B E H T Y L P M SIALAND CUISINE, WINE & CRAFT BEER

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Taupo’s favourite local meeting place Fun and relaxed atmosphere Seasonally inspired menu Heineken on tap exclusive to Plateau

Bookings recommended · Ph 07 377 2425 /Plateau · info@plateautaupo.co.nz · 64 Tuwharetoa St, Taupo

www.plateautaupo.co.nz


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OrgAnic FAir TrAde Coffee

: The Greek meaning of joy, enthusiasm, passion and high spirits. Our food,coffee,speciality drinks, service & music will envelop just that.

AT THE HUB

415 Huka Falls Rd Taupo - New Zealand

NOW OPEN!

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“AWARD WINNING CUISINE”

“ENJOY MAGNIFICENT VIEWS OVER THE LAKE”

www.manuels.co.nz 243 Lake Terrace, Taupo. Ph: 07 378 5110 Email: info@manuels.co.nz FOR ALL ENQUIRIES & BOOKINGS PH: 0800 555 511

Enjoy all day dining... right on the

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Breakfast – brunch – lunch Morning & afternoon teas Open 7 am – 3 pm Beach 243 is the perfect place to meet friends, relax & enjoy the views

WALLS BROUGHT TO LIFE As you wander the town centre enjoy the street/graffiti art that has brought our alleys and side streets to life,

243 Lake Terrace, Taupo | Phone 07 378 5110 www.manuels.co.nz

thanks to our annual Graffiato event.

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Café and Gallery

CHICKEN LIVER PATE

SERVES 6

INGREDIENTS • • • • • •

1 small onion 4 gloves garlic 350gram punnet chicken livers 4 sprigs of thyme 150grams soft butter Salt & pepper to taste

METHOD Before you start, clean the chicken livers using a sharp knife to remove and discard any white sinew. Sauté the garlic, onions and thyme together, then add the brandy.

L’Arté Café has Allpress coffee, New Zealand wines, beers and service that will be enjoyed by all. With New Zealand’s finest produce L’Arté’s kitchen team prepare everything fresh on site – from home-made bread to homemade pesto and onion jam. The Gallery is set in the Magical Garden filled with art by NZ artists.

When the brandy is bubbling, light it with a match to flambé. Cook until the alcohol has evaporated, then remove from the heat and put aside. Next, sauté the chicken livers in a little butter. Once they are cooked place in a food processor with the garlic, onions and soft butter. Process till it is smooth. Sieve and place into 3 ramekins and refrigerate for 2-3 hrs. Serve with your favourite toasted bread or crackers. Perfect with quince jelly and a nice glass of Pinot Gris!

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255 Mapara Rd, Acacia Bay, Taupo 10 mins drive from Taupo centre OPEN WED - SUN / 8AM - 4PM Acacia Bay Rd

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Licensed café . All day Breakfasts Delicious new menu . Gluten free range All made fresh on-site . Functions Unique Gallery set in peaceful garden setting

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Storehouse HQ

Fried chicken waffles

FEATURED IN TASTE, DENIZEN, YOUR HOME & GARDEN + HOMESTYLE MAGAZINES PLUS BUILT FOR CAFFEINE BY BEN CRAWFORD

Serving Kokako coffee and culture at 14 Runanga Street, Taupo

‘Tropical Pork Belly; marinated in beer, lime and herbs, slow cooked, served with parsnip puree,

“At Regi’s, you will experience a fusion of shared dishes, inspired by cuisine from the mediterranean, my Spanish and Italian heritage, and that of my homeland Brazil. My restaurant is all about experiencing these cultures and about creating good times to remember.”

tropical vinaigrette, topped with honey balsamic pomegranate.’

Reginaldo Gallina - Head Chef and Owner

‘The shared dishes are modest bits of robust and intense flavoured dishes. They allow diners to experience a great variety of distinctive and adventurous flavours.’

40 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 07 377 2434

regisfusionkitchen@gmail.com

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A culinary destination

showcasing new zealand’s finest produce & service.

Canterbury Premium Angus Beef (Halal accredited free range, aged for 21 days) . Ovation Lamb Fresh Fish . Free Range Chicken . Vegetarian Salads . Pasta Dishes . Desserts

OPEN 7 DAYS 4PM – LATE BOOKINGS & enquiries 07 378 6788 17 TONGARIRO ST, TAUPO /steakhousetaupo


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ongariro National Park is home to the most dominant and breath-taking features of the North Island, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe. The Volcanic Loop Highway surrounds this stunningly scenic area and is the best route to access all the points of interest in the Central Plateau.

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TROUT FISHING CAPITAL Your Volcanic Loop journey begins in Turangi, sitting at the southern end of Lake Taupo. Its location and proximity as a holiday destination makes Turangi an ideal base for excursions into Tongariro National Park, Kaimanawa Forest Park, Pureora Forest Park and Whakapapa ski field. Celebrated as the trout fishing capital of New Zealand, this fisherman’s mecca has far more to offer the visitor than just fishing. Outdoors lovers keen to experience some amazing countryside in this vibrant destination will relish the options; whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, bushwalking, hunting, indoor and outdoor climbing, culturally guided walks and golf. As you journey around the Volcanic Loop through National Park on the western side into the Ruapehu district, you will encounter an area of real beauty, also home to Whanganui National Park and the Bridge to Nowhere.

Volcanic Loop An entirely new playground unfolds, rich with volcanic mountains and remote alpine landscapes, as you journey south of Taupo around the Volcanic Loop. An alpine wonderland recognised for its natural and cultural significance, Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest National Park.

TWICE THE FUN! During your adventures on this route, you simply must experience Mt Ruapehu, home to Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields, the largest and most developed ski area in New Zealand. National Park Village is an ideal hub for nearby hospitality, transport and accommodation. Ohakune is the southern gateway to the National Park and Turoa ski field. Big on hospitality and frivolity, this quaint and beautiful township comes alive in winter as the après-ski capital of the North Island. Complete your Volcanic Loop journey at Waiouru, home of the National Army Museum, before heading back to Taupo or further south to Taihape, the Gumboot Capital of the World.


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SCENIC CHAIRLIFT RIDES

GUIDED CRATER LAKE HIKOI

TWO OF NEW ZEALAND’S LARGEST SKI AREAS

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Soak, soothe and relax in the magical mineral waters Hiked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing? Skied the slopes of Mt Ruapehu? 50

We invite you to come and relax in the soothing and therapeutic waters of the hot thermal springs of Tokaanu. + Private mineral pools 10 am - 8 pm. + Large public pool 10 am - 8 pm.

Tokaanu Thermal Pools where fire meets water

Open 7 days

+ Preschoolers splash pool.

free thermal bush walk

(20 min return)

www.tokaanuthermalpools.co.nz

Check website for entry fees and any scheduled closures. Children under 5 yrs free. Open every day except Christmas day. Mangaroa Street, Tokaanu, Turangi | (07) 386 8575

While you are with us, take a short walk around our natural thermal area. See steaming hot mineral pools set in sinter basins, and spluttering mud pots amongst attractive native bush.


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world famous AND NZ’S BEST 1 DAY TREK

As you venture into the country’s oldest National Park, you enter a contrasting wonderland of stark and stunning volcanic terrain.

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The park, formed in 1887 when the three peaks were gifted to New Zealand by Paramount Ngati Tuwharetoa Chief, Te Heuheu Tukino IV, has a unique dual World Heritate status due to its Maori cultural signficance and the outstanding volcanic features. Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro, and Mt Ngauruhoe are linked by a scenic, tussock covered countryside, crossed by some superb walking tracks, so it is no wonder the park is home to the best one day trek in New Zealand, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. In the presence of active volcanoes you can experience some of the National Park’s special gifts; cold mountain springs, herb fields, lava flows, active craters, steam vents, emerald-coloured alpine lakes and spectacular views. It is definitely the dramatic scenery and unique land forms that contribute to the Crossing being a world renowned trek. Whether summer or winter, the views are unbeatable and the experience is unforgettable. The 19.4 kilometre one-way journey is a challenge and an adventure that should not be taken lightly. The climbs can be steep and the weather unpredictable. It is strongly advised that throughout the winter months, this trek is done with an experienced guide due to the extreme conditions. In the summer, the snow melts away and provides a much safer trek that you can do unguided. It is a full day hike, so be sure to wear the right clothing, suitable footwear and take plenty of water.

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Enjoy New Zealand’s best one day hike. We are specialists based at Whakapapa Village in the Tongariro National Park providing shuttles to and from the Crossing.

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C HATEAU T ONGARIRO

HIGH TEA Relax and indulge over a high tea, with a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, scones and sweet treats, accompanied by your choice of espresso coffee or our range of gourmet fresh teas. Available daily between 11am & 5pm Weekend bookings essential

chateau.co.nz

0800 242 832

tongariro national park, new zealand

Tongariro Alpine Transport Return Transport 7am - 3.30pm & 5.00pm $35pp One way Transport leaving your car at Ketetahi $30pp

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alpine fun all year round Mt Ruapehu, home to two of New Zealand’s largest ski areas Whakapapa and Turoa, is a world of unforgettable experiences for alpine lovers of all ages, all year round. Mt Ruapehu is a truly unique scenic alpine experience, inspiring visitors to comment enthusiastically on the spectacular all-season playground for all ages, with skiing, sightseeing, alpine hikes, and friendly helpful staff.

at the end of the day. In winter, great quality on-mountain ski and snowboard equipment, sleds and waterproof clothing can be hired.

Whakapapa Unlimited offers sightseeing year-round, and amazing volcanic walks Whakapapa has 550 hectares of skiable terrain from late October to May. Ride two chairlifts from the premiere beginners’ slope at Happy over Mt Ruapehu’s striking volcanic Valley, the perfect environment to learn to ski terrain to an altitude of 2,020 metres or board, to a fantastic variety of intermediate above sea level. Once there you can take and advanced trails, and a terrain park. in the breathtaking view of the Tongariro National Park; Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe. At the top of On the southwestern slopes, Turoa the chairlifts you will find New offers a massive 722m of vertical Zealand’s highest café, Knoll descent from the top of Ridge Café, where you can Australasia’s highest chairlift, Mt Ruapehu enjoy great coffee, tasty treats the High Noon Express, a and incredible views. dedicated freestyle park and a a truly beautiful great beginners’ area. and unique alpine A cultural gem, Mt Ruapehu’s experience. rich history is best explored At either ski field a huge variety on a journey to the top with of trails include off-piste terrain, a Guided Crater Lake Hikoi. wide-open trails, pristine groomed Experience a spectacular journey runs, bowls, chutes and drops to to the pristine Crater Lake. You will keep the most experienced snow be hosted and entertained by our safety sports enthusiast grinning from ear to and mountaineering guides on this ear. Little ones can revel in snow play at free extraordinary and moving experience tobogganing areas on the beginners’ slopes. you’ll never forget. Cafes are within easy reach to fuel up, take a LIFTS OPERATE Open Close break or grab a well-deserved cold beverage (weather permitting) 9am 4pm

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If you’re a keen walker or visiting the area to appreciate its stunning beauty, you’ll want to know about these great walks. Lake Rotopounamu: 2hrs, 5km loop. A picturesque lake on the side of Mt Pihanga. Mounds Walk: 20mins, returns via same track. Debris avalanches during Ruapehu’s volcanic activity are believed to have formed these mounds thousands of years ago. Ohinetonga Track: 2-3hrs, loop walk. Situated between Owhango and the Whakapapa River. Ridge Track: 30-40mins, returns via same track. Climb through low beech forest to alpine scrublands with panoramic views of Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. Tawhai Falls: 20mins, returns via same track. The falls tumble over the edge of an ancient lava flow. Tama Lakes: 5-6hrs, 17km return. This trek is an extension of the Taranaki Falls track, occupying several old explosion craters. Take a jacket with you. Taranaki Falls: 2hrs, loop walk. Starts from 100m below the Whakapapa Visitor Centre. Excellent views of Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu. Taurewa Track: 2-3hrs, loop track. The track starts on the edge of the Tongariro Forest and is home to a wide variety of bird life. Whakapapa Nature Walk: 15mins, loop track. This sealed track provides wheelchair access for the unique flora of Tongariro National Park. Whakapapanui Walk: 2hrs, returns via same track. Starting above the Whakapapa Visitor Centre. For more info visit www.nationalpark.co.nz.


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Guided quad bike and family buggy adventures in the heart of Tongariro National Park. Ride through streams and overlook the spectacular view of the famous Raurimu Spiral. We cater rides to your ability.

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Tongariro Track Transport

Leaves daily for the return shuttle transfers for freedom walking to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro Freedom Package

Incl. bed & breakfast (2 nights), packed lunch, return shuttle, hot spa to relax in, dinner, Just Done It t-shirt and certificate

Tongariro Budget Package

One night bed & breakfast, lunch & return shuttle

Guided tours available summer & winter

Incl. return shuttle, lunch, alpine gear & guide

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Sunrise Guided Tours Incl. return shuttle, packed breakfast, alpine gear & guide

Hiking gear available for hire

Mt Tongariro Central Crater Emerald Lakes Red Crater

Soda Springs South Crater

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Whanganui National Park, New Zealand’s 11th National Park, offers many great attractions, with a selection of one to four day walking tracks, cycle trails and canoe trips. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts suiting thrill seekers and families.

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The Whanganui River is the main gateway for people visiting the park and with the surrounding native forests it provides a stunning natural backdrop. This remote and verdant park includes one of the largest remaining tracts of intact lowland forest in the North Island. The park is one of majestic, changeable landscapes containing fast and slow running rivers, crystal clear waterfalls, deep gorges and fern clad banks, wide river flats and extensive wilderness areas, rich in native flora and fauna.

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With few roads leading into the park, it is accessed mainly via the Whanganui River and the towns of Taumarunui, Whakahoro and Pipiriki. The river’s origin is high on Mt Tongariro starting as an alpine stream. It descends through the central volcanic plateau towards Taumarunui and then continues for 200km, winding through the Whanganui National Park to meet the Tasman Sea. It is the most navigable river in New Zealand (nearly 300 kilometres), and used to be known as the Rhine of the Southern Hemisphere. Also situated in the heart of park is the Bridge to Nowhere. This abandoned, iconic mid-1930s construction has become a major visitor destination. You can access the bridge via a 40 minute walk from the Mangapurua Landing on the Whanganui River (boat transport required up the river) or by the Mangapurua Track, accessible from either Whakahoro or Ruatiti road end.


the desert road ON THE VOLCANIC LOOP

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Part of your journey might include driving the Desert Road through the Rangipo Desert – a barren-like environment just east of the three active peaks. Mostly tussock and snow

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