The lake district of Taupo has gained top honours as New Zealand’s best place to visit in a consumer poll led by Experience Oz+NZ. Taupo pipped second-placed qualifier Fiordland, while the stunning Bay of Islands came in third place.
With a large assortment of natural, cultural and tourism highlights, it is no surprise that Taupo has taken top honours in a recent international visitors' survey.
Destination Great Lake Taupo sales and marketing manager, Ms Zelia Horrell, suggested that the recently opened cycle trails have had a big impact of the number of tourists traveling to Taupo.
A few things have helped put our region on the map over the last year, one of those being the official opening of the Great Lake Trail, part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail – Nga Haerenga, which opened to rave reviews in April 2014.Zelia Horrell, sales and marketing manager for Destination Great Lake Taupo Share
The Great Lake Trail has gained national prestige also, placing as the best Grade 3 trail in New Zealand and ranking as the nation's second favorite place to cycle (according to a recent BikeWise Competition).
As well as cycling, The Great Lake Trail also provides a plethora of hiking options.
“Of course the Great Lake Taupo region has been sought after as a hiking destination for years, as it is home to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, which has been heralded by many as the best day walk in NZ,” Ms Horrell explained.
While Taupo is known for its spectacular hiking and cycle trails, the region also caters to adrenalin junkies with action activities such as jet boating, skydiving, and bungy jumping.
For the less adventurous among us, a collection of natural highlights round off the list of things to do while in Taupo. Hidden gems include the geothermal wonderlands, the magnificent Huka Falls and Lake Taupo.
Many main cities fell outside of the top ten on the survey showing that tourists wanted to explore a bit deeper to unearth a heartland New Zealand experience.
“Tourists are keen to immerse themselves more in the land and culture of regional New Zealand," added Experience Oz+ NZ business development manager Michelle Woodroff.
She said it was the Kiwi way that our visitors really wanted to experience. The countryside is sparse, the lake is cold, and the islands are pristine and remote, but it’s this essence of an untouched world that tourists seem to love. Participants in the poll agree, “it’s simply…beautiful”.
This culturally rich destination should be a must visit when planning your cycling holiday to New Zealand. Come and immerse yourself in a genuine New Zealand experience, soak in the culture, relish in the natural wonders and explore the trails radiating out from Taupo.