Family Picnic Area

There is nothing quite like sharing a meal with your family in glorious surroundings. Here in Great Lake Taupo we are spoilt for choice with epic picnic spots.


Kinloch is a stunning little settlemnt on the western shores of Lake Taupo. It has stunning views of the lake and mountains. Only a 20-minute drive from Taupo town centre, this picturesque spot is ideal for a picnic. Find Kinloch on the map.

Whakaipo Bay

Whakaipo Bay is just 10km from Taupo town centre. Despite only being a fifteen minute drive from Taupo township, Whakaipo Bay has a remoteness and ‘out of this world’ quality that attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is a unique and beautiful place treasured by locals and visitors alike for its serenity and unspoilt feel. Find Whakaipo Bay on the map.

Wharewaka Point

Family picnic spots don't get much better than Wharewaka Point! This reserves boasts a playground, lake access and undercover bbqs. The resevere is situated around 7km from Taupo town centre. It is an easy and very pleasant cycle along the Great Lake Trail from Taupo town centre. Find Wharewaka Point on the map.

Tongariro River, Turangi

From the Tongariro Trout Centre in Turangi, you can take a short bush walk through to the Tongariro River. This stunning river is home to heaps of brown and rainbow trout. Watch the anglers fly-fishing or just enjoy the sounds of the lapping water. Find the Tongariro River on the map

Lake Rotopounmau

Lake Rotopounamu is one of Great Lake Taupo's hidden treasures. This stunning lake is hidden away in native bush. If you are feeling energetic, you can walk the two-hour loop track around the lake. Take a picnic and your swimmers and spend the day here! Find Lake Rotopounamu on the map.

Huka Falls

Huka Falls is New Zealand's most visited natural attraction.Located just a few minutes drive north of Taupo, this thundering 11-metre high waterfall is the most visited and photographed natural attraction in New Zealand.

The sheer volume of water flowing over the falls amounts to 220,000 litres per second - enough to fill one Olympic sized swimming pool in 11 seconds!

Enjoy the walking tracks alongside the river and wander around the different viewing platforms, taking in the falls from all angles. You can bring a picnic and spend the day here. Find Huka Falls on the map.

Kuratau and Omori

Well-worth the road trip, this cluster of settlements on the southern shores of Great Lake Taupo offers awesome picnic spots with picture perfect scenery. Why not make a day of it and bring along your swimmers, kayaks or hiking boots! Find Kuratau and Omori on the map here.


Tranquil Lake Whakamaru is an ideal spot for a relaxing picnic or to pitch a tent for the night. Lake Whakamaru is one of the larger hydro reservoirs on the Waikato river. The calm waters are perfect for water sports like wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking and swimming. The fishing is great too, with heaps of brown and rainbow trout waiting to be caught. Find Whakamaru on the map.

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