Thermal hot springs, raging rapids, crystal clear waters, beautiful walks and cycle tracks – the Taupo region has something to tempt all visitors.
Things to do
Have you ever heard of Homunga Bay? I hadn’t either, but was told we were walking the coastal track from there to Waihi Beach.
Within a jet’s roar of Wellington Airport, in the Capital’s eastern suburbs, the Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre has a wide range of services and facilities for all ages.
The centrepiece of the complex is the 50m indoor pool and diving pool, for lane swimming and water sports. But if, like me, you have young kids, you’ll head to the Spray Pool.
Located in Whitianga township, The Lost Spring offers a thermal hot water and spa experience.
Prepare to be surprised when you turn off a residential street and enter the gateway to a lush tropical garden, which gives a serene and private setting for the restaurant, hot pools and spa complex.
Whenever I holiday I love to start out with a massage to get me relaxed and out of work mode.
Just walking in I could immediately tell Ima Spa fit the bill perfectly, with the delicious lemongrass aromatherapy and calming environment.
There are so many kayaking options you will be spoilt for choice (or if you’re anything like me, completely unable to pick) – from hourly hire off the beach, half day, full day or overnight with guided and freedom options.
So many wineries, so little time.
I had initially thought a bicycle tour would be a fun way to get around the wineries. But in the end, I’m very pleased sanity prevailed we opted for an air-conditioned van tour.
Having visited Hahei for many years, I thought I’d seen it all…
But for something different the Hahei Explorer gave me a wonderful new perspective of the 12km of beautiful volcanic rock formations along Coromandel Peninsula coastline.
Moko is a beautiful gallery at Hot Water Beach, which offers unique, contemporary New Zealand and Pacific Island art, including jewellery, design ware, wall art and sculpture for both inside and outdoors.
If you are looking for kiwi soft toys or a plastic tiki as a reminder of your visit, this is not the place to get it.
Hot Waves is a licensed café just one minute walk around the corner from Hot Water Beach.
Hot Waves makes Hot Water Beach’s best coffee and is great for a healthy breakfast or lunch – serving a delicious selection of homemade food including many great vegetarian and organic options.