Spring in Great Lake Taupo

September to November
Temperatures between 8°C and 21°C

Spring in Great Lake Taupo is a unique time when you can literally do everything on offer – from skiing snowy slopes in the morning to hitting the lake for a SUP, sail or kayak in the afternoon, to mountain biking, hiking and golf. With the soft spring light across Lake Taupo, framed by snow-capped peaks and surrounding native bush, you can’t help but be beckoned into the outdoors. 

Spring skiing at Whakapapa Ski Area

Some of the best skiing in New Zealand is at Whakapapa Ski Area in spring. Whakapapa stays open until late October and sometimes even into November, and it is renowned for its superb snow conditions during springtime. The warmer spring temperatures soften the hardened and compacted snow, making for excellent skiing and snowboarding conditions. It is a great time for beginners and families to have a snow experience in Happy Valley Snow Park, New Zealand's biggest beginner's area, and for seasoned pros to enjoy some of the best runs of the season.

You can ski, snowboard, toboggan, throw snowballs or just enjoy the alpine views over a coffee or glass of wine at Knoll Ridge Café, New Zealand’s highest café. In spring, a morning on the snow can be followed by a sunny boat ride on the lake in the afternoon and a soak in a geothermal hot pool.

Jet boating in Great Lake Taupo

Great Lake Taupo is home to the some of the best adrenalin pumping activities in New Zealand. You can try jet boatingbungy jumpingskydiving and white-water rafting. Best of all they are accessible all-year round.

Explore Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, on a scenic cruise, sailing trip or kayaking adventure. Spot hidden bays as you glide across crystal clear water on your way out to the famous Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay, an impressive 14-metres high and only accessible by boat, or cruise up the Waikato River to view Huka Falls from the water.

Taupo street art

Graffiato Taupo Street Art Festival returns in spring each year at Labour Weekend. Stroll the streets and alleyways of Taupo over the long weekend and watch the local and international street artists at work as they create new masterpieces, and check out the previous year's artworks too.

Graffiato is the longest running street art festival in New Zealand and with 120 plus pieces created over the years, it represents the widest ranging and most comprehensive survey of New Zealand street art.

Biking the Great Lake Trail

The longer days and warmer weather of spring make it the perfect time to explore the great outdoors in Great Lake Taupo. The free-draining volcanic pumice soils in the region mean that even after heavy winter rains the hiking and biking trails in Great Lake Taupo are dry and un-muddied.

The region boasts some of the best biking in New Zealand with Grade 1 trails like the Great Lake Walkway for complete beginners to Grade 5 mountain bike adventures like the Great Lake Trail. Hikers can explore the dual world heritage Tongariro National Park, Mount Tauhara or the Tongariro River Trails.

Fishing on the Tongariro River

For trout fishing enthusiasts, spring marks the beginning of the most exciting time of the year. October sees the start of the back-country fly fishing season for most rivers and fishing lakes in the Great Lake Taupo region. After a long winter, both rainbow and brown trout are biting! 

Howeware heaven in Taupo

Spring is the perfect time to explore Taupo’s town centre and enjoy the boutique shopping on offer in this beautiful lakeside town. Gorgeous stores feature New Zealand and international designer fashion labels, beautiful homewares and quirky arts and crafts. There are also many outdoor retailers where you can stock up for your next adventure. 

Cafe culture in Great Lake Taupo

Great Lake Taupo has a café culture to rival that of the big cities and plenty of fresh local produce to bring life and flavour to its food. Spring is a great time to dine alfresco in one of the many cafes and restaurants, many with views across Lake Taupo to the snow-capped mountains of Tongariro National Park.

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