Weekends in New Zealand: Taupo

No way! You’ve only gone and got yourself a working holiday visa for New Zealand! Nice job. Speaking of jobs are you feeling a little panicked at the fact you’ll be working in this sensational country 9-5pm? Scared that you won’t be able to explore all of its nooks and crannies, all of the best bits? Well that my dear friend, is where your weekends come in! TGIF and all that.
Just picture yourself spending your weekend plunging into Lake Taupo, spotting glow-worms in underground caves and soaking off in hot springs… yeah that could be you!

1.Go sky diving… well it is New Zealand!

Skydive Taupo

Right, so Lake Taupo covers the majority of Taupo (it’s the size of Singapore!) and you can’t go to this town without having ticked skydiving off your bucket list. Taupo has the highest number of tandem skydives per year and you thought it was all about Queenstown. The only real way to take in the magnitude of the lake is from the sky, and for all of you Lord of the Rings fans out there, you’ll see Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom) on the way down! A Saturday VERY well spent.

2.Go sailing on Lake Taupo

Sail Lake Taupo
Want to get out on the water? Spend a Saturday cruising across Lake Taupo and spotting hidden bays as you glide across crystal clear waters. Look out for the famous Maori Carvings at Mine Bay, a staggering ten metres high and only accessible by boat! Or if you wanna pick up the pace a bit, take a thrilling jet boat ride up the Waikato River to view the thundering, clear blue Huka Falls.

3.Look out for glow-worms

waitomo caves
Just an hour’s drive from Lake Taupo, spend a Sunday exploring the Waitomo Caves, an underground labyrinth of spooky caves and rivers. You’ll be gazing in silence as the glow-worms
light the cave’s ceiling like stars. The atmosphere is magical and eerie at the same time. The tiny glow-worms that light the way are completely unique to New Zealand.

Or you can shake things up a bit and go black-water rafting (cave tubing). Kind of like white-water rafting but better! Over the three hours you’ll take leaps of faith off cascading waterfalls and float past the glow-worm light show on the limestone rocks above. You’ll then emerge into the sunlight of the Waitomo forest. That will blow away any post-Saturday night headaches.

4. Spend the day in a helicopter

Take in Lake Taupo’s full glory from the sky on a Heli adventure! You’ll see the lake from a unique perspective, fly over the Huka Falls, Waikato River and the famous Maori Rock Carvings. It’s probably the best way and only way to see Lake Taupo. Trust us.

5. Go biking!

Release some stress by spending the weekend cycling some of Lake Taupo’s world renowned bike trails! They range from the easy to the extreme. You’ll skirt the shore of New Zealand’s largest lake, passing lush forest, waterfalls, hidden beaches and iconic panoramic views from a series of lookouts. It’s easily accessed from Taupo town.

6. Spend the weekend relaxing

NZ lake

The geothermal activity of Lake Taupo offers a couple of spots where you can have a proper soak and relax after a long hard week. The Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs are thermal mineral springs set amongst Taupo’s stunning bush scenery, with thermal outdoor pools, private pools and fresh water pools – So spend the weekend relaxing and rejuvenating in pure bliss!

The possibilities are endless during your time working in New Zealand, so make the most of your weekends. Check out how you could spend your weekends in Auckland, Waiheke Island and Queenstown.