Taupō Lake and Lounge
Explore stunning scenery and the exquisite colours of Lake Taupō while enjoying this lake and lounge weekend getaway. Stay in luxury lakeside accommodation, cruise on Lake Taupō and relax in healing geothermal waters, and then of course there is the divine cuisine and boutique shopping.
Friday night – Check in to your luxury accommodation at The Reef Resort. These stunning lake edge apartments offer incredible views from the lake front balcony, complete with your own private spa pool and king bedrooms.
Take a scenic cruise around Taupō’s hidden bays, learning the Māori mythology and volcanic history of these special lands. Take the opportunity to hand feed the local wildlife before gently floating beneath the extraordinary 14-metre-high Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings. As you cruise back to the town centre, try your luck at trout fishing and see if you can land one of these local delicacies (Chris Jolly Taste of Taupō Scenic cruise only).
In New Zealand you cannot buy trout, so catching one yourself is the only way to enjoy freshly caught trout for dinner!
Once you have made a catch, call one of the divine local restaurants such as Vine Eatery, Bistro Lago, The Bistro, Plateau Bar & Eatery or The Brantry to make a booking and a time to drop the fish in –they’ll prepare it for your evening meal. A truly Taupō lake to plate experience.
Taupō is world famous for its geothermal hot pools, so wind down with a hot swim at Taupō De Bretts Spa Resort. There’s even a spa on site so book in a massage if you have the time, and leave feeling completely revitalised for your next day in Taupō.
Enjoy a leisurely start to the day this morning take a stroll around the Great Lake Pathway, with spectacular views across the lake to the mountains of the Tongariro National Park. If you are up early enough you may even see steam rolling off the water – a spectacular sight. The Great Lake Pathway trail begins at the Taupō Boat Harbour, where Redoubt Street meets Ferry Road. There are plenty of parking options along the length of the ride so you can start and finish the trail at any point you choose. Grade 1 easy, 1-10km.
Enjoy lunch or well-deserved coffee at one of Taupō’s hidden secrets, Lava Glass Gallery and Café. Glass blowing is an incredible talent and you will have the opportunity to see one of the world’s master glass blowers at work, Lynden Over. Discover the famous Volcanic Series of glass art with its 20 landscape designs, inspired by the stunning landscapes of the central North Island. Take a stroll through the Sculpture Garden with more than 600 glass art sculptures on display.
There is more than meets the eye in Taupō town centre. Spend some time strolling the beautiful boutiques and explore designer fashion boutiques, specialty shops, outdoor stores, fashion accessories, jewellery, artist galleries and more. Find out more about the shopping in Taupō.