Taupo Sights & Activities

Fly & boat fishing

Golf (2 international courses)

Thermal parks & spas

Tongariro National Park


Scenic cruises & flights

Whitewater rafting


Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Quad biking

Skydiving & bungy jumping

Cafes & Restaurants

Art galleries

Boutique shopping

Wineries & wine tastings

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New Zealand Honeymoon in the Fall

Fall, or autumn, begins showing its beautiful face around the beginning of April. The trees don bright new suits of vibrant reds, yellows and browns. The sun is still warm, yet the evenings are cooling. Sunrises become more spectacular due to the morning mists that are sometimes present. All in all, a perfect pallet of beauty on show for newlyweds on their honeymoon.

April and May are my favourite months of the year to be outside, especially if that means being up one of our local rivers with fly rod in hand. The bird life is active, their song often being the only sound you’ll hear, apart from the gurgling of the river meandering its way down the valley. The trout, propelled by instinct, start their annual journey from the waters of Lake Taupo up its many tributaries to spawn, and while the upper reaches of these tributaries close at the end of May, the autumn and winter fishing (April – October) is fabulous.

Our first fires are usually lit towards the end of April. At Tauhara Sunrise, a boutique lodge overlooking majestic Lake Taupo, this means moving our pre-dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres inside, around the log fire. New acquaintances are made as guests get to meet each other and share their backgrounds, their journeys and their experiences. New Zealand wines are offered and enjoyed, including Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noirs from Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury, and Syrah, Bordeaux-style reds and Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay – a region which neighbours Taupo to the Southeast.

All of the activities for which New Zealand is renowned are still able to be enjoyed, though by April I must admit I have put away my bathing suit for the season. Popular activities in the Taupo region include visits to the many geothermal parks, hiking on river, lake and mountain trails, including many options at the world heritage Tongariro National Park, fly fishing and boat fishing, lake and river cruises, visits to the thermal spa, white water rafting, jet boating and, for the more adventurous, sky diving and bungy jumping.

If I were to recommend the best time to visit New Zealand, I would recommend April-May. Accommodation bookings don’t need to be made in advance, which means you enjoy more flexibility in your travel plans. Daytime temperatures are warm, autumn colours are magnificent and all of the attractions and activities you want to enjoy are less crowded which means a more relaxing honeymoon as you journey through our beautiful land.

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