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Wairakei Resort Taupo


Wairakei Resort Taupo lies among the rolling, forested hills of the volcanic Wairakei Thermal Valley in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island. The resort is approximately halfway between Wellington and Auckland, which are 4.5 hours and 3.5 hours away by car respectively. Regular flights operate between Taupo and both the major cities, taking approximately an hour. Offering panoramic views across Wairakei Tourist Park and Tongariro National Park, the hotel is only 5 km from Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing or sailing on the lake, while they can also discover how the region’s famous honey is made, play golf on championship-standard courses and ski on powdery slopes.

GPS coordinates: -38.6352136, 176.0877403
Designed by John Harris, Michael Wolveridge and Peter Thomson, a 5-time winner of the Open Championship, this historic course opened in 1970 as the country's only internationally recognised course. In…
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GPS coordinates: -38.648617609104, 176.09002590179
The Huka Falls are New Zealand's most popular natural attraction. As the Waikato River leaves Lake Taupo, it narrows from 100 metres wide into a channel only 15 metres across.…
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GPS coordinates: -38.645153, 176.0690585
Wairakei Tourist Park offers attractions and activities that appeal to all ages. Aside from thrilling jet-boat rides and mountain-biking trails, guests enjoy the Craters of the Moon geothermal walkway. This 45-minute…
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GPS coordinates: -38.63785, 176.089876
Huka Honey Hive has been a Taupo institution since the late 1980s and is now New Zealand's most important outlet where you can taste their range of honeys, honey ice…
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GPS coordinates: -38.798160952266, 175.91365462422
Formed after an enormous volcanic eruption approximately 27,000 years ago, expansive Lake Taupo teems with fish and is surrounded by beech forests. With its mild climate, alpine scenery and attractions…
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GPS coordinates: -38.662592621908, 176.14860534668
Discover the career of New Zealand's most famous racing driver with a trip to the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo. Although McLaren died young in a crash in 1970,…
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Outdoor enthusiasts are well catered for in the Wairakei Tourist Park. Once you've played golf, enjoyed a treatment in the spa and experienced the thrill of a lifetime on a…
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GPS coordinates: -38.629746818742, 176.10060030747
Young visitors will doubtless enjoy the pedal boats, aqua trikes and trout feeding at the Huka Prawn Park. Every prawn you catch is yours to cook on the barbecue and…
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The National Equestrian Centre was founded on a 90-acre site in Taupo by G.P. and Pat Donnelly in 1975. An equine training centre was added five years later, and courses were…
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