Hit the nearby ski slopes then tick off our list of the best winter activities in Taupō, the coolest lakeside resort town you’ll find!

1. GEOTHERMAL MOONSCAPES

Wandering through the colourful moonscape of Taupō’s geothermal walkways is a magical winter experience. Geothermal steam drifts across the paths, engulfing you in its warmth and creating a mystical air.

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DeBretts Spa Resort

2. WINTER SPA INDULGENCE

Experience the healing nature of our geothermal resources by soaking away your worries in a warm mineral pool then indulging in a relaxing geothermal mud wrap and facial, the ultimate natural luxury after a day in the cold.

3. CRACKLING FIRES AND LOCAL BREWS

Sip on a local pinot noir beside a crackling fire, enjoy the spectacular sunset view of Lake Taupō and the snowy peaks beyond, and share stories of your day on the snow. Plateau Bar & Restaurant and Vine Eatery serve up hearty winter fare, warm fires, a huge selection of craft beers and extensive whiskey and cocktail lists.

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2 Mile Bay Sailing Club

4. INDOOR CRUISING

Discover Lake Taupō or the mighty Waikato River from the warmth and comfort of a heated boat cabin. Chris Jolly Outdoors runs daily lake cruises to the famous Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay on the comfortable Cruise Cat or visit Huka Falls with Huka Falls River Cruises.

5. WINTER FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS

Winter in Taupō really heats up with the Taupō Winter Festival from 4–14 July. A giant-sized snow-filled globe, indoor ice rink and night-time light display turn the town centre’s domain into a winter wonderland. www.taupowinterfestival.co.nz.

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Whakapapa

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