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What’s on in Taupo?
Taupo Summer Concert
Have a look at cheap flights to Taupo in late January to attend the region’s biggest musical event. The Taupo Summer Concert has an all-day line-up of both up-and-coming and well-known local and international artists. The music covers all genres and musical styles from the 1960s to today. Some previous headlining acts have included Billy Idol, Smash Mouth, and Creedence Clearwater Revisited. The concert stage is set up next to the Waikato River, which adds a nice backdrop to the event.
Kapa Haka Festival
There’s a rich Maori history to delve into while visiting the Waikato region on flights to Taupo. One of the best times to learn is during the annual Kapa Haka Festival. The event takes place over three days and celebrates the culture of the Tuwharetoa people. More than 3,000 performers take to the stage to present traditional Maori songs and dances. Book airfare to Taupo in mid-September to attend this popular free festival.
Are you fascinated by urban art and murals? Then you’ll love holidaying on return flights to Taupo during Graffiato. It’s a three-day street art festival that showcases some of NZ’s best urban artists. These artists add a pop of colour to Taupo’s CBD by painting a series of new murals. Wander down laneways of the city centre to watch the artists at work and admire more than 85 murals that were added to the landscape of Taupo in previous Graffiato festivals. Take in the excitement of Graffiato by booking flights into Taupo Airport (TUO) in late October.
What can you do in Taupo over the weekend?
Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings is a must-see spot located on the edge of Lake Taupo. Hop on a boat or a guided kayak tour to see the rock carvings up close when you book tickets to Taupo for the weekend. The rock carvings at Mine Bay are unique in the fact that they aren’t hundreds of years old like other major carvings around the country. These were carved between 1976 and 1980 and are one of the most significant examples of contemporary Maori art in the area. The carvings showcase important ancestors and guardians to local Maori groups.
The area around Lake Taupo is teeming with geothermal activity that you’ll see first-hand while holidaying on flights to Taupo. Orakei Korako is one of the region’s main geothermal parks where you’ll encounter bubbling mud pools, silica terraces, hot springs, and an impressive collection of 23 active geysers. Plan a day at Orakei Korako when you book return flights to Taupo to admire the breathtaking landmarks along the park’s boardwalk track. Top things to see in Orakei Korako include Emerald Terrace, Diamond Geyser, Golden Fleece Terrace, and Hochstetter’s Pool.
Wairakei Terraces is a must-visit attraction just north of town, particularly if you book cheap flights to Taupo during the cooler months. Mineral-rich water gently flows down a series of silica terraces, creating a series of natural pools at the bottom. The pools are warmed by geothermal activity underground, and Maori tribes have been making the most of the health benefits of these pools for centuries. The water contains 13 minerals known for its benefits for the skin, and the hot springs reach steamy temperatures up to 40°C. Treat yourself to a day of relaxation at the Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa while holidaying on flights to Taupo.
What is the best way to get around Taupo?
Explore the area without limitations by booking a rental car to accompany your cheap flights to Taupo. Having a car means you can go where you want, when you want, without having to rely on the schedules of public transport or tour operators. Hire a car through Webjet after booking your airfare to Taupo. Your car will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive at Taupo Airport (TUO).
You could also take advantage of the local bus routes if you choose not to rent a car in between return flights to Taupo. There are three bus routes – Taupo Central, Taupo North, and Taupo West. Each of these routes begins in the CBD and branches out to the suburbs outside the city. Be aware that the buses only operate Monday to Friday, so a hire car is essential if you’ll be travelling on weekend flights to Taupo.
The Bay2Bay Water Taxi is an option if the Great Lake Trail is on your list of things to do when you book tickets to Taupo. It circles around Lake Taupo and transports visitors to different access points along the Great Lake Trail.