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Guidebook for Taupo

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Guidebook for Taupo

Food Scene
Great setting, good coffee, art gallery onsite - good breakfasts, antipasto platters and it's licensed.
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L'arté Cafe & Gallery
255 Mapara Rd
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Great setting, good coffee, art gallery onsite - good breakfasts, antipasto platters and it's licensed.
Only 700 metres from the apartment - perfect walking distance for a drink, a meal, or a takeaway pizza.
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The Bay Bar and Brasserie
703 Acacia Bay Rd
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Only 700 metres from the apartment - perfect walking distance for a drink, a meal, or a takeaway pizza.
The closest fish and chip shop to Besley Place
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Shaynes Fresh Fish & Chip
150 Acacia Bay Road
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The closest fish and chip shop to Besley Place
Good food, relaxed atmosphere. Book on restaurant side for intimate dinner - request your booking on the bar side, for a more relaxed evening with the same menu. Good for families. Cooks a good steak + shared plates.
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Plateau Bar + Eatery
64 Tuwharetoa St
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Good food, relaxed atmosphere. Book on restaurant side for intimate dinner - request your booking on the bar side, for a more relaxed evening with the same menu. Good for families. Cooks a good steak + shared plates.
Shared plates, a la carte menu, good cocktails and popular bar scene.,. generally great atmosphere. Would not recommend for young families.
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Vine Eatery & Bar
37 Tuwharetoa St
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Shared plates, a la carte menu, good cocktails and popular bar scene.,. generally great atmosphere. Would not recommend for young families.
All day dining - breakfast/lunch/dinner - diverse menu, always consistent/reliable food. Great for families, chilled out dining. Great dessert selection, and they do takeaways.
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Dixie Brown's Restaurant
38 Roberts St
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All day dining - breakfast/lunch/dinner - diverse menu, always consistent/reliable food. Great for families, chilled out dining. Great dessert selection, and they do takeaways.
Our pick for Thai food - dine in or takeaway, and it's BYO.
Lotus Thai Restaurant
137 Tongariro St
Our pick for Thai food - dine in or takeaway, and it's BYO.
Our pick for Indian food, it's dine in and takeaway.
Indian Affair Restaurant & Bar
34 Ruapehu St
Our pick for Indian food, it's dine in and takeaway.
One of our favourite spots for breakfast or lunch - great menu and cabinet selection, licensed and serve good coffee.
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Victoria's Cafe Kitchen Bar
127 Tongariro St
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One of our favourite spots for breakfast or lunch - great menu and cabinet selection, licensed and serve good coffee.
Sightseeing
Most visited natural attraction in New Zealand - not because of the size/height, but because of the sheer force/volume of water pushed through the canyon. Spa Thermal Park to Huka Falls is a popular walk inc. swim at Spa Thermal Park. For the more ambitious (keen walkers) at Huka Falls, you can keep walking to Aratiatia Dam.
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Huka Falls
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Most visited natural attraction in New Zealand - not because of the size/height, but because of the sheer force/volume of water pushed through the canyon. Spa Thermal Park to Huka Falls is a popular walk inc. swim at Spa Thermal Park. For the more ambitious (keen walkers) at Huka Falls, you can keep walking to Aratiatia Dam.
The iconic Maori Rock Carvings in Mine Bay are only accessible by boat. You can kayak to the carvings (Taupo Kayaking Adventures or Canoe & Kayak), or take a scenic cruise - by charter or scenic cruise boat or yacht (Sail Barbary highly recommended). Take a fishing charter and add it to the experience of catching a Taupo trout!
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Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
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The iconic Maori Rock Carvings in Mine Bay are only accessible by boat. You can kayak to the carvings (Taupo Kayaking Adventures or Canoe & Kayak), or take a scenic cruise - by charter or scenic cruise boat or yacht (Sail Barbary highly recommended). Take a fishing charter and add it to the experience of catching a Taupo trout!
See Taupo from the skies! From a peek of the lake to seeing the Central Plateau mountains from above - get a birds eye view of Taupo, Rotorua, and White Island with packages to suit everybody.
Taupo's Floatplane
See Taupo from the skies! From a peek of the lake to seeing the Central Plateau mountains from above - get a birds eye view of Taupo, Rotorua, and White Island with packages to suit everybody.
Parks & Nature
Great spot for families. Children's playground, Rotary train ride ($2), giant chess game, Superloo (toilets/showers/changing facility). Extends to north domain for events, fairs etc - neighbouring Taupo Museum and the Rose Gardens. Great for chilling out with the kids, picnics etc.
Tongariro North Domain
Great spot for families. Children's playground, Rotary train ride ($2), giant chess game, Superloo (toilets/showers/changing facility). Extends to north domain for events, fairs etc - neighbouring Taupo Museum and the Rose Gardens. Great for chilling out with the kids, picnics etc.
Park, walking area, walking and MTB track to the Huka Falls. Home to Otuhumeke Stream (natural hot water stream flowing into the Waikato River) - free swimming area with change facilities. Just make sure car is locked in car park. Has just undergone massive refurbishment.
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Spa Thermal Park
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Park, walking area, walking and MTB track to the Huka Falls. Home to Otuhumeke Stream (natural hot water stream flowing into the Waikato River) - free swimming area with change facilities. Just make sure car is locked in car park. Has just undergone massive refurbishment.
At the end of Te Kopua Street is Te Kopua Reserve. Our in-house Acacia Bay map shows a walking track down to a private beach area and great swimming spot. Typically saved for the locals... we've let our guests know about it because the main Acacia Bay beach can sometimes get a little crowded. No kids? Swim here.
Te Kopua Street
At the end of Te Kopua Street is Te Kopua Reserve. Our in-house Acacia Bay map shows a walking track down to a private beach area and great swimming spot. Typically saved for the locals... we've let our guests know about it because the main Acacia Bay beach can sometimes get a little crowded. No kids? Swim here.
Entertainment & Activities
Natural thermal pools in stunning setting and NO KIDS ALLOWED! It's not only relaxing and peaceful, the waters are healing and therapeutic. You can also experience Maori massage, a geothermal walk etc... but the pools are a must!
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Wairakei Terraces
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Natural thermal pools in stunning setting and NO KIDS ALLOWED! It's not only relaxing and peaceful, the waters are healing and therapeutic. You can also experience Maori massage, a geothermal walk etc... but the pools are a must!
Jet boat the Aratiatia rapids! The best jet boat ride in Taupo.
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Rapids Jet
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Jet boat the Aratiatia rapids! The best jet boat ride in Taupo.
Sightsee the Huka Falls and get the best photos possible on this scenic cruise - chilled out, great commentary and view of native bush and wild/birdlife.
Huka Falls River Cruise
Sightsee the Huka Falls and get the best photos possible on this scenic cruise - chilled out, great commentary and view of native bush and wild/birdlife.
Go Karting, V8 Touring Cars or single seater race cars - there is something for every family member, including children. The karting is 10-15mins of pure fun on some of the best karts you can experience without being a pro.
Formula Challenge
Go Karting, V8 Touring Cars or single seater race cars - there is something for every family member, including children. The karting is 10-15mins of pure fun on some of the best karts you can experience without being a pro.
Every Saturday - either at Riverside Park (Redoubt St) or sometimes on the lakefront at Northcroft Domain. A variety of stalls/crafts for sale etc, but we go for the food! Check out Volcanic Coffee!, the Smoke Pit (smoked pork!), Mussel Fritters!, the Crepe van!, Churros!, and most definitely Bamos! (the empanada van)!!
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The Taupo Market
1 Redoubt St
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Every Saturday - either at Riverside Park (Redoubt St) or sometimes on the lakefront at Northcroft Domain. A variety of stalls/crafts for sale etc, but we go for the food! Check out Volcanic Coffee!, the Smoke Pit (smoked pork!), Mussel Fritters!, the Crepe van!, Churros!, and most definitely Bamos! (the empanada van)!!
Essentials
Supermarket... take the reusable bags we have supplied, otherwise you will be charged for reusable bags.
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Countdown Taupo
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Supermarket... take the reusable bags we have supplied, otherwise you will be charged for reusable bags.
Supermarket... has complimentary boxes, otherwise take the reusable bags we have supplied
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PAK'nSAVE
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Supermarket... has complimentary boxes, otherwise take the reusable bags we have supplied
The closest liquor store to the apartment
Liquor King
150-156 Acacia Bay Road
The closest liquor store to the apartment
Shopping
Dairy/Convenience Store - has all your basics/essentials... inc. liquor (but it's limited and more expensive than supermarket or liquor store)
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Acacia Bay Store
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Dairy/Convenience Store - has all your basics/essentials... inc. liquor (but it's limited and more expensive than supermarket or liquor store)