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Guidebook for Taupo

Dierdrei & Richard
Dierdrei & Richard
Blev medlem 2015
Dierdrei & Richard

Guidebook for Taupo

Food Scene
Taste has the best hot chocolates in town. Taste also has a small childrens area in the back with a selection of toys and great books.
Taste Cafe
10 Roberts St
Taste has the best hot chocolates in town. Taste also has a small childrens area in the back with a selection of toys and great books.
Cafe Baku has gorgeous Calamari with a beautiful seasoning. It can be quite busy in here, lovely decor though.
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Cafe Baku
42 Roberts St
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Cafe Baku has gorgeous Calamari with a beautiful seasoning. It can be quite busy in here, lovely decor though.
Kefi is family friendly with a small play area with great toys. Kefi sells food with a greek flavour. I love their calamari salad and their haloumi, artichoke and mushroom salad with some hot smoked salmon. Great customer service. They stay open until 5 to 5:30 which is later than most other cafe's in town.
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Kefi
47 Horomatangi St
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Kefi is family friendly with a small play area with great toys. Kefi sells food with a greek flavour. I love their calamari salad and their haloumi, artichoke and mushroom salad with some hot smoked salmon. Great customer service. They stay open until 5 to 5:30 which is later than most other cafe's in town.
I love the Creme Brulee and the hot chips with parmesan, coriander and chipolte mayo. The customer service is friendly and there is an outdoor playground for the children.
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Spoon & Paddle
101 Heuheu St
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I love the Creme Brulee and the hot chips with parmesan, coriander and chipolte mayo. The customer service is friendly and there is an outdoor playground for the children.
If you ask for a large hot chocolate at Cafe Ninety Nine, you will get the largest hot chocolate in town, they are huge! Cafe Ninety Nine also do a gorgeous dairy free, refine sugar free, gluten free hot chocolate. A good selection of wholefoods here. They occasionally have live music during the day on the weekends.
Cafe Ninety Nine
99 Tongariro St
If you ask for a large hot chocolate at Cafe Ninety Nine, you will get the largest hot chocolate in town, they are huge! Cafe Ninety Nine also do a gorgeous dairy free, refine sugar free, gluten free hot chocolate. A good selection of wholefoods here. They occasionally have live music during the day on the weekends.
Espresso Cove make great hot chips. It is also in a gorgeous spot right next to the lake with gorgeous views and is dog friendly ( If your dog sits outside) A good selection of whole foods here. Gorgeous spot on a rainy day due to all the glass windows.
Espresso Cove
1 Lowell Pl
Espresso Cove make great hot chips. It is also in a gorgeous spot right next to the lake with gorgeous views and is dog friendly ( If your dog sits outside) A good selection of whole foods here. Gorgeous spot on a rainy day due to all the glass windows.
Pauly's Diner is a bit of a locals secret. It is a takeaway although you can sit in too, they only have a few tables and the music is a bit loud. They have the best burgers in town. And sell fabulous chicken baskets.
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Pauly's Diner
3 Paora Hapi St
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Pauly's Diner is a bit of a locals secret. It is a takeaway although you can sit in too, they only have a few tables and the music is a bit loud. They have the best burgers in town. And sell fabulous chicken baskets.
Indian Affair is our favourite Indian restaurant in town to eat at and get takeaways from. They are usually pretty consistent with their food. Our favourites are the Lamb Nawabi, Mixed Pakora and Keema Naan. The customer service is excellent when it come to gluten free and dairy free etc. and they are also very tolerant of our children. It's definetely a locals favourite.
Indian Affair Restaurant & Bar
34 Ruapehu St
Indian Affair is our favourite Indian restaurant in town to eat at and get takeaways from. They are usually pretty consistent with their food. Our favourites are the Lamb Nawabi, Mixed Pakora and Keema Naan. The customer service is excellent when it come to gluten free and dairy free etc. and they are also very tolerant of our children. It's definetely a locals favourite.
We love the food at the Plateau, it is so tasty and the desserts are gorgeous. The Plateau has a relaxing ambience and in the bar area a good buzz for a night out with wine and socialising, not too noisy to enjoy a chat. Another local favourite.
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Plateau Bar + Eatery
64 Tuwharetoa St
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We love the food at the Plateau, it is so tasty and the desserts are gorgeous. The Plateau has a relaxing ambience and in the bar area a good buzz for a night out with wine and socialising, not too noisy to enjoy a chat. Another local favourite.
The Bistro has pretty special food. We have never been disappointed here. Their catchphrase is Simple but Nice but I disagree, I think the food is pretty outstanding. Another local favourite.
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The Bistro
17 Tamamutu St
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The Bistro has pretty special food. We have never been disappointed here. Their catchphrase is Simple but Nice but I disagree, I think the food is pretty outstanding. Another local favourite.
The Brantry is a locals restaurant, well liked and a solid reputation. The food is usually really good. A good place to treat yourself.
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The Brantry Restaurant
45 Rifle Range Rd
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The Brantry is a locals restaurant, well liked and a solid reputation. The food is usually really good. A good place to treat yourself.
It is a lovely drive out to Cafe L'arte. This coffee shop is worth a visit if you enjoy art galleries and looking a beautiful things. The grounds are lovely to walk around and there are plenty of interesting sculptures to see. A great shop if you need to buy a special present for someone. The chocolate brownies, warmed, with cream are really very lovely. They often have live music on Sundays during the summer in their outside ampitheatre. Good for families here with the outside green space to run around in.
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L'arté Cafe & Gallery
255 Mapara Rd
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It is a lovely drive out to Cafe L'arte. This coffee shop is worth a visit if you enjoy art galleries and looking a beautiful things. The grounds are lovely to walk around and there are plenty of interesting sculptures to see. A great shop if you need to buy a special present for someone. The chocolate brownies, warmed, with cream are really very lovely. They often have live music on Sundays during the summer in their outside ampitheatre. Good for families here with the outside green space to run around in.
The Hub is connected to the local helicopter ride activity. The Hub Cafe also has a large helicopter for the children to play in which is pretty cool. Family Friendly and often busy in Summer. There is also a little mini mountain bike track for kids just across the road.
The Hub Cafe
415 Huka Falls Rd
The Hub is connected to the local helicopter ride activity. The Hub Cafe also has a large helicopter for the children to play in which is pretty cool. Family Friendly and often busy in Summer. There is also a little mini mountain bike track for kids just across the road.
A good rainy day activity. Here you can buy anything you can thing of related to honey. It is a great education centre to learn about bee's, see them, for children wear a bee suit, bee related children activities and honey tastings. For the grown ups there is plenty of honey flavoured alchohol tastings available, mead and the like. You can buy gorgeous Kapiti icecream here, lovely on a hot day. Our favourites are the chocolate and the Black Doris plum.
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Huka Honey Hive
65 Karetoto Rd
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A good rainy day activity. Here you can buy anything you can thing of related to honey. It is a great education centre to learn about bee's, see them, for children wear a bee suit, bee related children activities and honey tastings. For the grown ups there is plenty of honey flavoured alchohol tastings available, mead and the like. You can buy gorgeous Kapiti icecream here, lovely on a hot day. Our favourites are the chocolate and the Black Doris plum.
The Taupo Market is in a beautiful setting close to the Riverside. There is live music, fabulous food and is a lovely place for a walk, to meet the locals and have a coffee. Family friendly. Once a month they have a car boot sale here too.
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The Taupo Market
1 Redoubt St
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The Taupo Market is in a beautiful setting close to the Riverside. There is live music, fabulous food and is a lovely place for a walk, to meet the locals and have a coffee. Family friendly. Once a month they have a car boot sale here too.
Everything Else
This hotel is a lovely spot to relax at, have a coffee and cake and enjoy the views. The decor inside is sumptuous and comfortable and peaceful and quiet. You can drive here or walk along the lake and walk in as it is directly on the lakes edge.
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Millennium Hotel and Resort Manuels Taupo
243 Lake Terrace
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This hotel is a lovely spot to relax at, have a coffee and cake and enjoy the views. The decor inside is sumptuous and comfortable and peaceful and quiet. You can drive here or walk along the lake and walk in as it is directly on the lakes edge.
Arts & Culture
Lava glass has a cafe, You can also book in to watch the artists blowing glass and they will talk to you about the process and what they create. There is a shop if you want to buy any of the glass art. You can also pay to walk around their glass art garden which is really very beautiful, lots of gorgeous and clever glass sculptures in a lovely setting.
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Lava Glass Blowing Studio
165 State Highway 5
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Lava glass has a cafe, You can also book in to watch the artists blowing glass and they will talk to you about the process and what they create. There is a shop if you want to buy any of the glass art. You can also pay to walk around their glass art garden which is really very beautiful, lots of gorgeous and clever glass sculptures in a lovely setting.
Parks & Nature
Craters of the Moon is a walk around a geothermal area. You will see lots of steam rising from the ground, some mud pools and maybe smell some sulphur. The walk is suitable for prams ( if they are a good pram) As it is boardwalked for a lot of the way and a gravel path for the rest.
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Craters of the Moon
171 Karapiti Rd
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Craters of the Moon is a walk around a geothermal area. You will see lots of steam rising from the ground, some mud pools and maybe smell some sulphur. The walk is suitable for prams ( if they are a good pram) As it is boardwalked for a lot of the way and a gravel path for the rest.
The Wairakei Thermal park is family friendly. There is a cafe, outdoor play area, free range animals and a geothermal walk. The owner, John, will often give you a device to take with you on the walk so that you can check the temperature of the ground as you walk around. There are Llamas here that roam freely, alongside a large amount of chickens, ducks, peacocks. There is a large KuneKune native New Zealand pig and lots of bunny rabbits. There is an outdoor playarea for children with wooden go karts for children to go down the hill on and other toys to play with.
Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley
The Wairakei Thermal park is family friendly. There is a cafe, outdoor play area, free range animals and a geothermal walk. The owner, John, will often give you a device to take with you on the walk so that you can check the temperature of the ground as you walk around. There are Llamas here that roam freely, alongside a large amount of chickens, ducks, peacocks. There is a large KuneKune native New Zealand pig and lots of bunny rabbits. There is an outdoor playarea for children with wooden go karts for children to go down the hill on and other toys to play with.
A great spot for a picnic or a quiet stroll. The reserve is situated high on a hill with occasional views over Great Lake Taupo & the mountains of the Tongariro National Park. The reserve is free to visit and is filled with native trees and plants that are developed and beautifully maintained by dedicated volunteers.
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Waipahihi Botanical Reserve
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A great spot for a picnic or a quiet stroll. The reserve is situated high on a hill with occasional views over Great Lake Taupo & the mountains of the Tongariro National Park. The reserve is free to visit and is filled with native trees and plants that are developed and beautifully maintained by dedicated volunteers.
The steep track that takes you to the top of Mt Tauhara is a great adventure. The views from the top are spectacular and well worth the effort. After an initial steep slog through farmland the track traverses through native bush. I walked up with two of my kids when they were 6 & 8 years old and they thoroughly enjoyed it - especially all the mud! It took us about 1.5h to reach the top and about 45mins to come down. Be sure to go on a clear day and take plenty of water and chocolate!
Mount Tauhara Car Park
94 Mountain Rd
The steep track that takes you to the top of Mt Tauhara is a great adventure. The views from the top are spectacular and well worth the effort. After an initial steep slog through farmland the track traverses through native bush. I walked up with two of my kids when they were 6 & 8 years old and they thoroughly enjoyed it - especially all the mud! It took us about 1.5h to reach the top and about 45mins to come down. Be sure to go on a clear day and take plenty of water and chocolate!
Whakaipo Bay can often be deserted when other lakefront spots are packed. It's a great place to swim and there is a short bush walk. It's also the start of the "W2K" Whakipo to Kinloch track (shared by mountain bikers & hikers) which forms part of the Great Lake Trail.
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Whakaipo Bay
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Whakaipo Bay can often be deserted when other lakefront spots are packed. It's a great place to swim and there is a short bush walk. It's also the start of the "W2K" Whakipo to Kinloch track (shared by mountain bikers & hikers) which forms part of the Great Lake Trail.
It's just over an hours drive to get to Tongariro National Park where you'll find three active volcanoes, great skiing (in season!) and plenty of short/long hikes (including the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing).
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Tongariro National Park
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It's just over an hours drive to get to Tongariro National Park where you'll find three active volcanoes, great skiing (in season!) and plenty of short/long hikes (including the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing).
Sightseeing
No visit to Taupo would be complete without visiting Huka Falls! The viewing areas are only a few minutes stroll from the carpark, or to make a day of it by walking along the river from Spa Park (about 1.5h hours each way). Huka Falls is free to visit.
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Huka Falls
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No visit to Taupo would be complete without visiting Huka Falls! The viewing areas are only a few minutes stroll from the carpark, or to make a day of it by walking along the river from Spa Park (about 1.5h hours each way). Huka Falls is free to visit.
This is my favourite muddy puddle! Definitely worth popping in for a brief visit if you're heading through the Waiotapu area (about 30mins drive). The mud pool is free and you can pretty much park right next to it. Gloopy ploppy bubbly goodness for all ages. Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is also just around the corner (admission charges apply).
Mud Pool
This is my favourite muddy puddle! Definitely worth popping in for a brief visit if you're heading through the Waiotapu area (about 30mins drive). The mud pool is free and you can pretty much park right next to it. Gloopy ploppy bubbly goodness for all ages. Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland is also just around the corner (admission charges apply).
We haven't got around to this one yet, but people who have been there rave about it!
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Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave
494 Orakeikorako Rd
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We haven't got around to this one yet, but people who have been there rave about it!
Entertainment & Activities
Mountain Biking in Taupo is huge and there are some great tracks at "Craters MTB park" (on the way to "craters of the moon", Wairakei). If you don't have your mountain bike with you there are a few places in town (and one in Wairakei) that rent them out. Craters is only 10mins out of town, or you can cycle from Spa Park along the "Rotary Ride" mtb track (takes about 45mins). More info and map of the MTB tracks here: https://www.biketaupo.org.nz/craters.html For a more gentle cycling experience, we have an old bike that you're welcome to borrow for a tootle around the lake - the "Lions walk" shared walking/cycling path starts at Lake Terrace and follows the lake as far as Five Mile Bay.
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Craters of the Moon Mountain Bike Trails
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Mountain Biking in Taupo is huge and there are some great tracks at "Craters MTB park" (on the way to "craters of the moon", Wairakei). If you don't have your mountain bike with you there are a few places in town (and one in Wairakei) that rent them out. Craters is only 10mins out of town, or you can cycle from Spa Park along the "Rotary Ride" mtb track (takes about 45mins). More info and map of the MTB tracks here: https://www.biketaupo.org.nz/craters.html For a more gentle cycling experience, we have an old bike that you're welcome to borrow for a tootle around the lake - the "Lions walk" shared walking/cycling path starts at Lake Terrace and follows the lake as far as Five Mile Bay.