Free things to do in the Great Lake Taupo

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could explore the whole of New Zealand without breaking your budget? New Zealand has plenty of activities that are worth paying for but as they say, the best things in life are free.

Situated right in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, Great Lake Taupo is one of the rare destinations that offers plenty of wonderful fun activities for adrenaline seeking junkies right through to safety conscious families. With the sunny days already here, why not head on down to Great Lake Taupō where you and your mates and family can spend the summer holidays without burning a hole in your pocket.

Here is our pick of the top 5 free things to do in the Great Lake Taupo region:


1. View the mighty Huka Falls

This thundering waterfall is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in New Zealand, and for good reason. The volume of pure water flowing through the rock face of the mighty Waikato River often approaches 220,000 litres per second; enough to fill two Olympic sized swimming pools, per second! This huge volume of water forms a spectacular visual feast of powerful falls and rapids over a grand 11m drop.

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The Wondrous Wellington Advent Calendar

As a Wellingtonian, believe me when I say there simply is no beating the coolest little capital in the world. OK, I missed out the ‘on a good day’ part but hey, ’tis a wonderful place regardless! That’s why the team over at Positively Wellington Tourism have put a whole lot of love into a new “mean-as” site to make Wellington even cooler: behold, the Wondrous Wellington Advent Calendar!


Wellington Advent Calendar

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An Antiques Roadtrip: secondhand shopping in NZ

My best buddy and I share a not-so-guilty magpie tendency to collect second hand ‘upcycled’ furniture and art. Our homes are happily full of super eco, quirky retro ‘conversation pieces’ that we know our hubby’s are secretly proud of, despite them saying otherwise!

A few months ago we decided to make a roadtrip of it – second hand shopping from Wellington to the Hawkes Bay and back via Palmerston North. Luckily we both have husbands that give us a wide-berth, who simply nodded, sighed and prepared for their bachelor weekends.

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Queenstown tops the Travelbug survey

It’s official – more than 80% of New Zealanders intend to travel domestically over the summer holidays, with the picturesque Queenstown being their most sought after destination. With the help of over 11,000 keen kiwi travellers, we now have a good snapshot of your travel plans, habits, preferences and more. Read on for some more interesting tidbits!

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