Great Lake Taupo Gourmet Trail

Aside from the thrills and spills and sights and sounds, the Great Lake Taupo region also boasts a gourmet food experience worthy of five stars.

If you’re on the hunt for a selection of delicious, boutique goodies to prepare a cheeseboard sure to wow family and friends, head to The Merchant on Spa Road. The Merchant is the largest wine and gourmet food store in the Central North Island and home to an extensive range of boutique wine, beer and spirits and the best selection of quality local and imported gourmet food for miles.

Next head into the Taupo town centre and make a beeline for Vine Eatery where you will find over 250 wines to choose from. Grab a share platter, sit back and watch the world go by. There are a number of fabulous Taupo restaurants preparing sumptious gastronomic experiences, so follow your nose or ask a friendly local for their recommendation.

If it’s a vineyard you are looking for, head south to Turangi where you can dine in charming locations, many boasting stunning lake views.

For a more rustic experience, you won’t want to miss the Taupo Saturday Market from 10am-1pm. Here you'll find everything from locally roasted coffee, organic fruit and vegetables, artisan breads, handmade chocolates, honey and candy.

And one last thing to tick off your gourmet must-do-list, make sure you sniff out and enjoy a mouth watering piece of acclaimed Taupo Angus Beef, you won’t be disappointed.

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