9 ways to keep your toes dry

Great Lake Taupo isn’t so great to swim in right now... But there are still heaps of other awesome things to do in the region that keep your toes dry. Here are our top picks.

1. Hike Mt Tauhara

This 2.5km hike crosses farmland, before weaving through native bush to a height of 1,088m, rewarding you with panoramic views of Lake Taupo and the Central North Island.

2. Bike the Great Lake Walkway

The Great Lake Walkway was voted New Zealand’s best urban bike ride this year. From Taupo township you can ride and walk along the lakefront right out to Five Mile Bay, on the fully paved pathway. Perfect for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

3. Cruise to the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings

The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo are one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary artworks and one of the North Island’s biggest tourist attractions. Only accessible by water, the carvings can be viewed by taking a scenic cruise or sailing trip from Taupo. 

4. Check out Taupo Street Art

Wander down the back alleys of Taupo's town centre and you will find over 100 pieces of street art.  The artworks have been created as part of the Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival and represent the widest ranging and most comprehensive survey of New Zealand artists working in this field.

5. Discover the Tongariro River

The Tongariro River is a haven for outdoor adventures - try your hand at trout fishing, bike the Tongariro River Trail or white water raft the rapids! 

6. Explore Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features. 

7. Take a roadie to New Zealand's highest cafe

Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride to the Knoll Ridge Café, New Zealand’s highest café, and soak up the incredible views from this spectacular architectural award-winning building.Thanks to Mt Ruapehu’s new snowmaking technology, you can sled at Whakapapa Ski Area this summer too!

9. Visit Huka Falls

This thundering 11-metre high waterfall is the most photographed natural attraction in New Zealand. On a sunny day, the water at Huka Falls is an amazing, crystal clear blue. You can take a jet boat or scenic cruise to the base of the falls and get close enough to taste the spray! Enjoy the walking tracks alongside the river, bring a picnic and spend the day here.

10. Get your adrenalin pumping

The Great Lake Taupo region is an adventure lovers paradise. Raise your heart-rate with a skydive, bungy jump, jet-boat, swinging from high-ropes, mountain biking or a scenic flight

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