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The core of Taupo’s nightlife is geared toward backpackers. If you want to make a quiet start to the evening, head for 19th Hole, at Wairakei International Golf Course, State Highway 1 (tel. 07/374-8152), where you can enjoy a drink and chat. Holy Cow, upstairs at Tongariro and Tuwharetoa streets (tel. 07/378-0040), is definitely the happening place for the young crowd. If you feel like a good beer followed by a quieter dining experience, head for Plateau, 64 Tuwharetoa St. (tel. 07/377-2425; www.plateautaupo.co.nz), which celebrates Kiwi music and a range of Monteith’s craft beers. For a touch of the Irish, head to Finn MacCuhal’s Irish Pub, Tongariro and Tuwharetoa streets (tel. 07/378-6165; www.finns.co.nz), where you can enjoy a Guinness and rowdy music. The Shed Bar, 18 Tuwharetoa St. (tel. 07/376-5393; www.theshedbar.co.nz), is the quintessential New Zealand sports bar, complete with giant TV screens for watching the latest games. They also have live bands and DJs and a good range of beers.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.