Autumn is a great time to visit Taupo, it falls between the busy summer and winter seasons and the changing colours of the landscape are breath-taking. Here are our top suggestions for your next visit to Taupo.
Experience the outdoors in Taupo
The mild temperatures of autumn provide a great time to experience the many walking tracks in the Taupo region. There is a wide array of options for all fitness levels, age groups and levels of accessibility. There are gentle, shared-use paths (with bicycles) around the lake edge which provide plenty of opportunities to stop and have a picnic or snap some family photos.
The Tongariro Crossing is an alpine walk more suited to those with a moderate to good fitness level, the walk of 19.4km (with 800m elevation gain) is hard work but the reward is the most stunning scenery you will experience anywhere.
In addition to the great walking trails, Taupo is also home to many great mountain biking options. The pumice-based soil means that the trails tend to be in great condition year round regardless of the weather conditions.
Taupo is home to many unique geothermal features that many visitors find staggering and awe-inspiring. Some of the geothermal parks have boardwalks or walking tracks to allow visitors to get up closer to these natural wonders.
Dining in Taupo
In Taupo you will find a range of top quality restaurants that constantly keep their menus in sync with the seasons. Eating a delicious, fresh meal that represents the current season is a sensory delight to be enjoyed by everyone. The Taupo lakefront area is also home to many great bars where you can grab a cold drink, a comfy spot and watch the sun go down.
If you wish to catch your own food, the Taupo area provides some of the best trout fishing in New Zealand and autumn brings about much less pressure on the lakes ensuring a peaceful day on the water, we would recommend a guide who has local knowledge on the best fishing spots on Lake Taupo.
Where to stay in Taupo
When staying in Taupo it is mandatory to stay in accommodation overlooking Lake Taupo. The Sails is conveniently located only 1.5km from the Taupo CBD and right across the road from Lake Taupo. Their rooms have views looking right across Lake Taupo and the Central Plateau Mountain Ranges which are stunning during the autumn season. With accommodation options to suit a variety of travellers make your next stay in Taupo at The Sails. To make a booking or enquire about availabilities please visit their website www.sailstaupo.co.nz.
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