8 reasons to love Autumn

There are many reasons to fall for Great Lake Taupo. Here are our top eight reasons why you will love an autumn escape to the region.

See Turangi Tongariro in a new light

Riot of autumn colours in Turangi


Book a stay at one of the many charming southern lake lodges, immerse yourself in spectacular autumn colours and discover some of Great Lake Taupo's hidden gems.

Play golf at Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary

Wairakei Golf and Santuary


Take advantage of the warm weather and last of the long evenings to play nine holes at one of the world's most unique golf courses - Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary. The golf course is flanked by beautiful trees that explode in colour at this time of year and is home to some of New Zealand's rarest birds. Tee off whilst whio, takahe, and pheasant meander the course! Find out more about Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary here.

Take advantage of the crisp mornings with walk, hikes and bike rides

Morning strolls along Taupo lakefront


There's nothing better than starting the day with a brisk lakeside walk or bike ride, followed by a latte in the warming sun! Take advantage of the fresh starts and get in some exercise in the morning and enjoy chilling out by the lakeside in the afternoon. Find out about the walking and hiking tracks in Great Lake Taupo here.

Watch the sunset over the lake whilst enjoying dinner by a crackling fire

There's something about the low light in autumn that just makes the most beautiful lingering sunsets stretch into the night. Perfect for romantic meals in lakeside restaurants. Read about our top restaurants here.

Discover a geothermal wonderland

Discover geysers, bubbling mud pools and some of the most amazing silica terraces in the world at Orakei Korako geothermal park, or soak away your stress in the healing geothermal waters of a hot pool. Find out more about Orakei Korako and our geothermal hot pools here. 

Scenic cruise

Huka Falls River Cruise, Taupo


A scenic lake or river cruise in autumn will showcase the best of Great Lake Taupo's scenery. See the spectacular snowy peaks of Tongariro National Park across Lake Taupo and the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings, or cruise up to the base of the breathtaking Huka Falls on the Waikato River. Find out more about scenic cruises here.

Shop in Taupo

Shopping in Taupo town centre


Taupo is known for its boutique-style shopping that rivals that of the cities. You will find stores selling New Zealand and overseas designer labels and a whole host of independent stores with a unique character. There are also numerous specialist sporting goods stores catering for hiking, camping, cycling, snow sports, water sports and angling, fitting you out for any adventure. Galleries and home design stores are plentiful, and there is free parking, and a pedestrian-friendly town centre.

Check out Taupo Street Art

Street art in Taupo town centre


Taupo town centre is bordered by alleyways and shop walls adorning extraordinary artworks that were painted during Taupo’s annual Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival
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