The Central North Island is home to New Zealand’s only skiable volcano – Mount Ruapehu. Today, hit the north-west facing slopes at Whakapapa Ski Area, just over an hour’s drive from Taupo.
Experienced skiers and snowboarders can revel in the chutes and drop-offs on this expansive volcanic terrain while Happy Valley(opens in new window) serves as a playground for beginners. For non-skiers, there’s three cafes, including New Zealand's highest, where you can relax and soak in the views.
Back in Taupo that evening enjoy lakeside dining with options to suit every taste.