Taupo Journals

Taupo and Environs: Grab the Chilly Bin and Go!

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An October 2007 trip to Taupo by midtownmjd

Huka Falls Photo, Taupo, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: Lake Taupo is a quintessential North Island beauty, home to thermal springs, outdoor activities, a bevy of beaches, and fascinating culture.

Taupo and Environs: Grab the Chilly Bin and Go!

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Overview

Huka Falls Photo, Taupo, New Zealand
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Taupo is the perfect base for exploring the vibrant center of New Zealand’s North Island. The town looks over Lake Taupo, a Singapore-sized body of water that boasts thousands of beaches and is popular with water-skiers and fishermen alike. The air is fresh, the scenery is gorgeous...it’s easy to see why so many Kiwi families pack their chilly bins (coolers) and head to Lake Taupo for both adventure and relaxation vacations.One of my favorite things was just driving around the region; on one ride alone, we saw five rainbows above the rolling hills and sheep. The scenery all around the region is stunning, and you never stop coming across new things to see. We drove to the powerful Hu...Read More

Peppers Terraces Resort

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Hotel | "Peppers Terraces Hotel"

Peppers Terraces Resort Photo, Taupo, New Zealand
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Even as the Terraces Hotel is being expanded and renovated as part of a Peppers Terraces Resort re-branding, it exudes a graceful, laid-back charm that epitomizes New Zealand hospitality.Built in 1889, it’s one of only two hotels in New Zealand remaining from that era. It’s aged well though, and had I not read up on its pedigree, I never would have guessed that it’s a historic place.The hotel sits across the street and up a hill from Lake Taupo, giving front-facing rooms a gorgeous view. The entryway is welcoming and open—I felt as if I’d stepped into someone’s (giant) home. My room was on the second floor and, th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 27, 2007

Peppers Terraces Resort
80-100 Napier Taupo Highway
Taupo, New Zealand 3330
+64 (7) 376-0480

The Bach

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Restaurant

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The Bach is the restaurant you go to New Zealand to discover: it serves fine cuisine with lots of flair and zero pretension. With The Bach’s (pronounced similar to "batch") ingredients, preparation, and atmosphere, dinner here is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.My travel companions and I went on a chilly early-spring evening and were seated at a cozy, window-front table overlooking Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park. The restaurant was quiet on this Saturday night, so we received a lot of attention, but service was never overbearing, and we took our time tasting as much as we could over the next several hours....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 28, 2007

The Bach
2 Pataka Rd.
Taupo, New Zealand
07 378 7856

The Brantry

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Restaurant | "The Brantry Restaurant"

The Brantry Photo, Taupo, New Zealand
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I would have been happy just to sit at The Brantry, food or no food—that’s how cozy the renovated 1950s townhouse is. The fact that the food is wonderful is almost icing on the cake. Or maybe it’s the other way around. In any case, The Brantry is a can’t-miss dining destination in Taupo.Walking into The Brantry, with its open fire and low ceilings, feels a bit (I would imagine) like walking into Bilbo Baggins’ house, if it were so tastefully decorated. On a Sunday night, our party of five was seated in the wine cellar at the only available table that could accommodate us. The cellar used to be a smoking room, our waiter, Baxter, explained, and it now houses one table with giant upholstered...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 28, 2007

The Brantry
45 Rifle Range Rd.
Taupo, New Zealand
07 378 0484

Charles Royal Maori Food Trails

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Attraction

Charles Royal Maori Food Trails Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Two great things about my hike on Charles Royal’s Maori Indigenous Food Trail:1. I got to experience eating Charles’ on-the-fly gourmet lunch under a spectacular waterfall.2. Though we brought a small ax with which to surprise grubs, we didn’t find any, so I didn’t have buck up and taste one.Charles Royal is a Maori chef who studies, expands, and promotes the use of ingredients indigenous to New Zealand, including plants such as horopito and piko piko. He’s one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met and is a fascinating blend of chef, businessman, ambassador, and woodsman. He’s also the pe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 28, 2007

Charles Royal Maori Food Trails
P.O. Box 1030
Rotorua, New Zealand
64 7 3453122

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

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Attraction | "Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park"

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park Photo, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Stepping into Orakei Korako Thermal Park might be the closest you’ll ever get to visiting another planet—so you’ll just have to accept that your otherworldly trip will be slightly Disney-fied. You have to purchase your ticket in the gift shop, which is next to the café, which is a few steps from the boat that shuttles you across the river to the park. It’s all a bit Jungle Cruise, but that can’t take away from the wonder of seeing geothermal activity so close up.Located between Taupo and Rotorua, the park is a worthwhile stop on your drive from one town to the other, and for NZ$28, you can spend as much or as little time as you’d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 28, 2007

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park
494 Orakei Korako Rd., RD 2
Reporoa, New Zealand
+64 (0) 7 378 31 31