North Island’s Central Plateau is bubbling with excitement year-round. Hit the road in this stunning region this winter and enjoy these top experiences.
Taking the grand stand in the stunning Lake Taupo region is a beautiful lake the size of Singapore. There is a seemingly endless list of things to do on and around the lake. Enjoy a relaxing cruise to the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings, take a scenic flight to get the best views or head out for a stroll on one of the many lakeside walks.
Experience magnificent forests and birdlife with Rotorua Canopy Tours' thrilling ziplining adventures or feel the spirit of the region with guided Redwoods TreeWalk in Whakarewarewa Forest that take you over suspension bridges and under towering trees. For biking enthusiasts, there is no better haven than the Redwoods with a track for every ability.
The waters of the Tongariro River in the Taupo region provide one of nature's finest, fun-filled rollercoaster rides. The lower part of the river features grade 3 rapids with stunning gorges while fun rafting guides make the ride even more enjoyable. If you're feeling adventurous, you can take on more extreme rapids in the upper gorge.
Take the chairlift up New Zealand’s largest volcano, Mount Ruapehu. Hit the Turoa area on the southwest side for Australasia’s biggest vertical drop and expansive, open runs or head to Whakapapa on the northern side for a dramatic volcanic feel. If ski is not your gig, just enjoy coffee and fabulous views from what feels like the top of the world.