Winter in Great Lake Taupo

June - August
Temperatures between -2c and 15c

Centrally located in the heart of New Zealand's North Island, Great Lake Taupo is the perfect winter holiday destination.

Winter wonderland

Dominated by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Taupo with a back drop of snow-capped mountains, the winter scenery will take your breath away.
Whether your perfect winter break is action packed with adventure, about spending quality time with the family or relaxing over a glass of wine by the fire, you will find it in Great Lake Taupo. 

New Zealand's largest ski area

The crisp blue-sky days are perfect for skiing and snowboarding. Mount Ruapehu, home to New Zealand's largest ski areas, is only a short drive away.
The ski areas - Whakapapa, Turoa and Tukino - open in June and offer some of the best terrain in New Zealand and Australasia. The ski areas offer numerous groomed beginner areas, natural halfpipes, chutes, bowls, and backcountry areas that rival the best in the world.

Off-mountain activties on tap

If you need a break from the mountain, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained in Great Lake Taupo on those days away from the snow. 
The volcanic pumice soil in the region, makes for excellent mountain biking, hiking, and golfing all year round. 
With a backdrop of mountains, lakes, and forests you can expect some great short and long walks through diverse areas of remarkable beauty. 
There are excellent golf courses in the region including The Jack Nicklaus designed Kinloch Club, and Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary - both are consistently ranked in New Zealand’s top 10 golf courses.

Winter adventures

There are a huge range of biking trails suitable for all levels. From laid back fun on the lakefront Great Lake Walkway to easy family rides on the Tongariro River Trail or multi-day adventures on the stunning Great Lake Trail.
Great Lake Taupo is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand's North Island. With adrenalin activities like bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving and car racing; there's more than enough thrills to keep your heart pumping!

Boutique shopping & gourmet eateries

Taupo's compact and vibrant town centre offers an excellent range of cafes, restaurants and bars catering to all tastes and budgets. The town is also known for boutique shopping with a wide range of homewares, fashion and sporting goods stores.

Geothermal hot pools

Relax after a day's adventuring in one of the region's naturally geothermally heated hot pools. Perfect for unwinding tight muscles after a day on the snow.

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