The Lake Taupo region has warm, humid summers and mild winters. Average temperatures range from 22°C to 28°C (72°F–82°F) in summer (December–February) and between 12°C and -5°C (54°F–23°F) in winter (June–August). The average annual rainfall is 1,100mm. As an inland area, sheltered by the Hauhungaroa Range, Taupo is prone to frosts and fog.

Taupo Calendar of Events:

The last Saturday in November is the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge (tel. 07/378-1546; In October, more than 3,000 cyclists gather for the Powerade Day-Night Thriller (tel. 07/378-0455; or, the largest mountain-bike event of its kind in the world. The annual Taupo Half Marathon (tel. 07/378-1546; takes place in August. Check or for a full events calendar.

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