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Food scene
A great place for a morning coffee, an afternoon drink & Pizza. Sunday evenings they usually have live music. Also a fantastic place to watch amazing sunsets unfold. An easy walk less than 10 minutes from Adventurers Retreat.
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Two Mile Bay Sailing Club
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A great place for a morning coffee, an afternoon drink & Pizza. Sunday evenings they usually have live music. Also a fantastic place to watch amazing sunsets unfold. An easy walk less than 10 minutes from Adventurers Retreat.
Locally grown Prawns, Catch your own. Entertainment & Dining in one.
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Huka Prawn Park
50 Karetoto Rd
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Locally grown Prawns, Catch your own. Entertainment & Dining in one.
Good quality food & service, a well run restaurant.
The Steak House Taupo
17 Tongariro St
Good quality food & service, a well run restaurant.
Great value dining, good quality healthy food at a great price
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@Siam Thai Street Food Cafe
22 Heuheu Street
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Great value dining, good quality healthy food at a great price
A great place to dine or just go for a drink. Always warm in winter, excellent service, quality food.
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Vine Eatery & Bar
37 Tuwharetoa St
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A great place to dine or just go for a drink. Always warm in winter, excellent service, quality food.
Relaxation
A great place for hot soak in natural thermal hot pools, Warm up in winter, Relax & Enjoy, Maybe even book for a massage. Just a short drive from your stay.
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Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs
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A great place for hot soak in natural thermal hot pools, Warm up in winter, Relax & Enjoy, Maybe even book for a massage. Just a short drive from your stay.
A favorite with tourists and locals. A great place for a hot soak in the thermal springs or a cool swim in the river. Suitable all year round. And its free.
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Spa park hot pools
281 Spa Rd
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A favorite with tourists and locals. A great place for a hot soak in the thermal springs or a cool swim in the river. Suitable all year round. And its free.
Sightseeing
A must see tourist hot spot, free entry. Natural wonder
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Huka Falls
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A must see tourist hot spot, free entry. Natural wonder
Near Huka Falls and very impressive, be sure to time it with flood gates opening twice daily.
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Aratiatia Rapids
630 Aratiatia Road
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Near Huka Falls and very impressive, be sure to time it with flood gates opening twice daily.
A very exciting way to experience a section of the Waikato river. Action and Adventure.
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Rapids Jet
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A very exciting way to experience a section of the Waikato river. Action and Adventure.
A great trip, these guys will take you to a secret spot called the squeeze. A natural wonder and something you can do all year round.
New Zealand RiverJet
1 Tutukau Rd
A great trip, these guys will take you to a secret spot called the squeeze. A natural wonder and something you can do all year round.
A Thermal wonderland with its own micro climate
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
494 Orakeikorako Rd
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A Thermal wonderland with its own micro climate
A great way to see the Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo
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Sail Barbary
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A great way to see the Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo
Fishing Charters, Jetski Hire, Self Drive boats available
LAKeFUN Taupo
Fishing Charters, Jetski Hire, Self Drive boats available
Somewhere quite unique to stay or just call. One of their specialties is The Grand Chateau High Tea.
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Chateau Tongariro Hotel
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Somewhere quite unique to stay or just call. One of their specialties is The Grand Chateau High Tea.
A nice handy scenic walk, the Botanical Gardens offer a beautiful selection of plants including plenty of Native trees.
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Waipahihi Botanical Reserve
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A nice handy scenic walk, the Botanical Gardens offer a beautiful selection of plants including plenty of Native trees.
A great walk through active mud pools & active thermal area. Free to do!
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Craters of the Moon
171 Karapiti Rd
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A great walk through active mud pools & active thermal area. Free to do!
A great experience, you can do during the day, at night, or both
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Redwoods Treewalk
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A great experience, you can do during the day, at night, or both
Sport -Mountain Biking
A great local Mountain Park with a good range of trails suitable for Families or Experienced.
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Craters of the Moon Mountain Bike Trails
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A great local Mountain Park with a good range of trails suitable for Families or Experienced.
One of the best local mountain bike rides around and the start of the infamous Great Lake Trail (Whakaipo to Kinloch W2K). From here you can ride to Kinloch through native bush with amazing views of Lake Taupo. Include the Headland loop for the best views ever adding an awesome 10 km's of trail to your ride.
Whakaipō Bay Recreation Reserve
One of the best local mountain bike rides around and the start of the infamous Great Lake Trail (Whakaipo to Kinloch W2K). From here you can ride to Kinloch through native bush with amazing views of Lake Taupo. Include the Headland loop for the best views ever adding an awesome 10 km's of trail to your ride.
One of the most beautiful spots and one of my favorites for two reasons, Mountain biking & Rock Climbing. Close to Kinloch
Kawakawa Bay
One of the most beautiful spots and one of my favorites for two reasons, Mountain biking & Rock Climbing. Close to Kinloch
One of NZ's best Mountain bike tracks weaves through this stunning scenery. You can get a shuttle to Waihaha Rd to ride the full length of this amazing track to be picked up by boat and be delivered back to Kinloch. This will be one of those Epic days you won't forget.
Waihaha River
One of NZ's best Mountain bike tracks weaves through this stunning scenery. You can get a shuttle to Waihaha Rd to ride the full length of this amazing track to be picked up by boat and be delivered back to Kinloch. This will be one of those Epic days you won't forget.
For some of NZ's best Mountain bike trails in one Forest, head to Rotorua and hit these trails. There is something for everyone, whether you are just easing into it, or a hard out downhill rider, you will come back smiling.
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Whakarewarewa Red Woods Mountain Bike Park
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For some of NZ's best Mountain bike trails in one Forest, head to Rotorua and hit these trails. There is something for everyone, whether you are just easing into it, or a hard out downhill rider, you will come back smiling.
Are you up for full days ride through beautiful Native forest? You will want a shuttle to the start or pick up from the end. This track starts off with a long descent into the follow, which of course means a long climb out the other end. But well worth the effort of all 42 Km
42 Traverse
Are you up for full days ride through beautiful Native forest? You will want a shuttle to the start or pick up from the end. This track starts off with a long descent into the follow, which of course means a long climb out the other end. But well worth the effort of all 42 Km
Adrenalin
If you are going to Skydive, Taupo is a Beautiful place to do it
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Skydive Taupo
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If you are going to Skydive, Taupo is a Beautiful place to do it
If you are going to Skydive, Taupo is a Beautiful place to do it
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Taupo Tandem Skydiving
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If you are going to Skydive, Taupo is a Beautiful place to do it
Take a leap of faith over Taupo's Waikato River
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Taupo Bungy
202 Spa Rd
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Take a leap of faith over Taupo's Waikato River
Feel the fear and do it anyway
Rock'n Ropes
Feel the fear and do it anyway
What a great way to check out one of Taupo's pristine rivers and home of our famous Trout. Take a rafting trip and see this beautiful Native Forest park.
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Tongariro River Rafting
95 Atirau Road
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What a great way to check out one of Taupo's pristine rivers and home of our famous Trout. Take a rafting trip and see this beautiful Native Forest park.
Hiking
A great hike with awesome views
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Mount Tauhara
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A great hike with awesome views
A nice scenic river walk from Spa Park to Huka Falls, easy to access and follows the Waikato River. There is a separate track for Mountain Bikers also which will take you out to the Wairakei Forest Park linking to more trails, or alternatively carry on to Aratiatia
Huka Falls Walkway
A nice scenic river walk from Spa Park to Huka Falls, easy to access and follows the Waikato River. There is a separate track for Mountain Bikers also which will take you out to the Wairakei Forest Park linking to more trails, or alternatively carry on to Aratiatia
A stunning bush walk or Mountain bike through pristine Native Beach Forest. Access off SH 1 at the start of the Desert Rd.
Tree Trunk Gorge Track
A stunning bush walk or Mountain bike through pristine Native Beach Forest. Access off SH 1 at the start of the Desert Rd.
Neighborhoods
Tongariro National Park is a large area of land that includes Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe, Mt Tongariro, and surrounding lands. The Tongariro Crossing is world famous and a must do. The Ski fields of Mt Ruapehu (Wkakapapa & Turoa) offer excellent facilities and is Mt Ruapehu is referred to as the Magic Mountain. National Park Village offers a wide range of accommodation for Skiers & Hikers.
At the base of Mount Ruapehu part way between Whakapapa & Turoa Ski Fields. As well as the two ski fields on Mt Ruapehu there is also an abundance of walking tracks and even some great Mountain Bike tracks in the area.
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Tongariro National Park
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At the base of Mount Ruapehu part way between Whakapapa & Turoa Ski Fields. As well as the two ski fields on Mt Ruapehu there is also an abundance of walking tracks and even some great Mountain Bike tracks in the area.