On a roll from yesterday’s travel tips – exploring a new city – post (here:https://jgardnerblog.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/travel-tips-exploring-a-new-city/) I’m going ahead and jotting down free things to see and do in Taupo, New Zealand. Hopefully there will be many more of these to follow…
Definitions: Quickly refining the rules. In my head free is no entry fee… Things like fuel and supplies are dismissed into the maelstrom because if I have to think about them I’ll have to start admitting to just how much of my money gets sucked into my travelling and adventure experiences. Also, Taupo includes activities within a 100km radius. Just because I can.
Here we go:
- Huka Falls – the biggest waterfall in NZ https://jgardnerblog.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/above-the-falls/
- Lake Taupo – take a half day and drive around the lake
- Tongariro National Park – the three volcanoes at the far end of Lake Taupo. Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngaruahoe.
- Watch the Aratiatia Dam open and fill the narrow rocky gorge below Lake Aratiatia
- Taupo’s Botanical Gardens include 85 acres of native trees and plants
- Walk through the rose garden and down to the old armed constabulary site on the edge of the Waikato River
- Scented Garden for the blind – this small garden sits on the edge of the town centre and provides a refreshing break
- The historic site at Opepe (15min drive from Taupo’s town centre) is a good way to get some fresh air and an insight into the lives of Taupo’s early settlers.
- Spa Park Hot Springs – a river of warm water perfect for a good soak
- Kerosene Creek – 45 minutes from Taupo but another great place to find a free hot water swim
- Butchers Pool – on Butchers farmland (nothing scary) this pool has wooden seating around the edges and facilities for changing
- There is another little known hot spring on the road to Taupo. A concrete pool catches water from a hot water spring near the Tarawera Tavern on the Napier Taupo Road.
- Lions Walk – from Taupo’s town centre to Wharewaka Point follow the lake and soak up the views on this paved track
- Climb Mt Tauhara – a stunning trek through native bush with amazing views from the top
- Visit the Pureora National Park for a great range of bush walks from under an hour to full day hikes
- Huka Falls/Aratiatia Walk – from Spa Park via the Huka Falls to Lake Aratiatia and the rapids
- W2K mountain bike track – brilliant MTB track from Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch
- Spa Park Pump Track – short sharp pump track at Spa Park
- Taupo’s Skatepark – pro designed outdoor facility
- Taupo Honey Hive – free NZ honey and fruit liquor tastings with a great play area for children
- Swim – chill out in Lake Taupo or warm up in one of the small geothermal creeks that run into the lake
- Galleries – spend a half day checking out our local galleries – highly recommend Wildwood Gallery, Larte, Lava Glass
- Taupo market – Saturdays from 10am to 1pm with a car boot sale the first Saturday of the month
- Art in the Park – Also on Saturdays this market features work from local artists
- Top 10 Mountain Bike tracks from http://www.greatlaketaupo.com/new-zealand/Bike_trails/
I can definitely see myself updating this as more ideas come to hand. I’ve also got a few good ideas for an “Under $20pp” list so stay posted…