Activity Category: Taupo

L’Arte Cafe, Acacia Bay

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Acacia Bay is just west of the township of Taupo and often a much with a sheltered beach and playground. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in this area, look no further than L’Arte Cafe with it’s beautiful garden setting and lots of art to admire (which is all…

Maori Rock Carving, Mine Bay, Lake Taupo

If you have the use of a boat or kayaks at Lake Taupo, it’s worth going out to Mine Bay in the North East corner of the lake to see the huge carving of Ngātoroirangi, an ancestor of the artist, Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell, who completed the carving in 1980. Only accessible by water,…

Floating Rock Winery, Kuratau

***Only open during some school holidays. Check the website or Facebook page before you go*** Set high above the vines, this small café specializes in woodfire pizza, made to order and served piping hot on wooden boards. There’s a range of around 8 different pizzas with a GF base option…

Spoon & Paddle, Taupo

Set in a 1950s villa, this cafe is light, airy and serves great tasting food. They cater well for dietary requirements like GF with a menu that covers breakfast, lunch and sweet treats. People also rate their coffee pretty highly! Owned by parents to a young family, children are always…

Besley Park playground, Acacia Bay, Taupo

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Away from the throngs of people that can crowd the centre of Taupo at certain times of the year, this playground was replaced in 2016 and has a pirate ship at its centre. With opportunities for climbing, sliding and lots of role play especially with the steering wheel. There’s a…

The Taupo Market

If you’re in or passing through Taupo on a Saturday this weekly market is worth checking out. Whether you’re stocking up on picnic ingredients, looking for a snack to eat there and then or the kids are have pocket money to spend, there are over 60 stalls to look at. Most…

Huka Prawn Park, Taupo

This has been consistently recommended by lots of families as being a great place to go for a family day out. There are lots of things to do and while some families only go to fish for prawns, others never make it fishing and spend their time enjoying all of…

AC Baths, Taupo

No matter what the weather is like, these thermally heated pools will keep everyone busy and use up some energy! There’s lane swimming, a separate leisure pool with 2 toddler areas, 2 hydroslides, a tarzan swing and private pools available within this complex. There is also a sauna but for…

Orakei Korako – the Hidden Valley, Taupo

If you want to see the usual features of Geothermal activity that they have in the thermal parks in Rotorua but you can’t make it there or just want to avoid the throngs of tourists, consider going here instead. Situated on the artificial lake Ohakuri, created for hydro power, a…

Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

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Often considered to be one of the best and most spectacular of the thermal parks, it can get busy with tourist groups, especially if the weather is good. It is a big outlay for a whole family but Waiotapu is actually one of the cheaper thermal parks in Rotorua and if your kids…