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Events and What's On in Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Mulligans Open Mic Night Live Music

26 Apr 2018 (Thu) - 4 Apr 2019 (Thu)

Mulligans Bar, 15 Tongariro Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo

"There are no strangers, only friends, you haven't met yet."
Come up with your Talent, we can provide you our backline & stage. - Musicians, Poets, Ssshhong Writers, Comedians All Players are welcome. Let's Jam, It's your time to shine.

Perfect for all instruments including:
Guitar, Keyboard, Drum, Percussion, Voice, Harmonica, Flute, Saxophone and many more.

Some of our best friends and local musicians including Fishy Steve, Shaun, Anthony, Skydiver Joe Dyson, Ryan Orchard, Sam Gale, Rue Chad from Bradshaws Lodge, Tamati, Alastair, Micheal and many more love to welcome and meet new talent. Let's Jam.

If your are from band or solo band and would like to come and play at Mulligan's any other night, please contact by email followed by the official website.

Around the Mountains

19 Jan 2019 (Sat) - 25 Feb 2019 (Mon)

Taupo Museum, 4 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Talented Taupō artists: Carole Cornes, Di Michels, Doug Anderson, Mari Moore, Robbie Graham and Sue Graham, invite you on an artistic journey around the volcanic mountains of the Tongariro National Park. Featuring their impressions in paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography.
Opening Friday 18 Jan at 5:30pm

Taupō Museum is open 7 days from 10am to 4.30pm and is free to local ratepayers and all children. Adults $5, seniors and students $3.

The Frank Burkitt Band

21 Feb 2019 (Thu)

Taupo Museum, 4 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo

This will be The Frank Burkitt Band's first gig in Taupo and they cannot wait. Come and enjoy the music in the beautiful surroundings of the museum's Ora Garden (weather permitting). But have no fear, if the heaven's open the gig will take place inside.
Watch the band here: www.frankburkitt.co.nz/videos

Support from the wonderful Renee Millner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU0-oe8gf7c

The Bubble Show

22 Feb 2019 (Fri)

Centre Stage, Matai St, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Join Mr. Bubbles with his extraordinary soap bubbles in all shapes and sizes. Enjoy bouncy bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, smoke bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles and even fire bubbles. Interactive and suitable for all ages, The Bubble Show is a unique blend of magic, storytelling and Bubble-Art!
Actor, Storyteller and Guinness World Record Winner, The Highland Joker is one of the top Bubbles artists in the world, touring New Zealand with his award-winning performance. Join us as we journey together through the realms of Bubbleland.

Across The Lake Swim

23 Feb 2019 (Sat)

Lake Taupo, Lake Terrace, Taupo, Lake Taupo

This iconic open water swimming event caters for a wide range of swimming abilities and is a fun, friendly swim. After the swim enjoy a well-deserved after event soup & bun, and enjoy the feeling of having achieved the Across the Lake Swim.
The Lake Taupo Across the Lake Swim starts at Acacia Bay and finishes across the lake 4.2km at Three Mile Bay. There is also a 2km, and a 1km event, both starting and finishing at Three Mile Bay.

The event provides those competing in the Ironman the opportunity to have a training run and is New Zealand's largest freshwater challenge.

See you at the start line!

Ironman 70.3

2 Mar 2019 (Sat)

Great Lake Centre, 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo

A 1.9km swim in the pristine freshwater Lake Taupō, a 90km bike course rolls through New Zealand’s renowned rural landscape and a 21.1km run takes in the picturesque lake lined with spectator and local support.

Makes Taupō the perfect place for a taste of Ironman glory.

BFA Crank It

16 Mar 2019 (Sat)

Craters MTB Park, State Highway 5, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Craters 100km, 50km, 25km and Kids 12.5km.
These new events consist of riding two or more laps of a 12.5km single track course designed for this event. Ride 25km, 50km or 100km on stunning single tracks built by Bike Taupo at Craters Mountain Bike Park, Wairakei Forest, Taupo.

Riders compete the 12.5km single track circuit and on completion of each lap, riders may enter a feeding station at the start/finish zone which will include biscuits, sweets, bananas, sports bars, sports drink and water to refuel!

Craters 100km solo riders will complete eight laps starting at 9.00am along with the Craters 100km team riders, teams are made up of four riders each completing two 12.5km laps. Craters 50km riders will complete four laps starting at noon with Craters 25km riders completing two laps starting at 2.00pm.

All competitors will receive a goodie bag, stunning finisher’s medal and post event meal voucher plus eligible for a large range of spot prizes. Prize giving will be held at 5.00pm from the start / finish zone.

Baches to Beautiful Homes Tour

23 Mar 2019 (Sat)

Central Plateau REAP, 73 Titiraupenga St, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Baches to Beautiful Homes is your unique opportunity to view a diverse selection of Taupo’s most wonderful baches and homes.
Be inspired by:
- Creative Interiors - Dynamic Architecture
- Panoramic Vistas
- Remarkable Locations & Landscapes
- Sustainable Design

All proceeds go to local community education and violence prevention programmes.

Waste Free Living Workshop - With Kate Meads

26 Mar 2019 (Tue)

Great Lake Centre, 5 Story Place, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Prepare to be inspired, become motivated, and take control of your household’s impact on our future. Get lots of exciting and inspirational education around ways you can minimize waste at home.
This workshop is suitable for all households, flats, ages, and stages. In fact, everybody should attend!

What else? You get a free pack with each ticket, bursting with waste minimization products!

2019 NZSBK Championship: Round 5

6 Apr 2019 (Sat) - 7 Apr 2019 (Sun)

Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, 463 Broadlands Rd, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Don’t miss the most exciting motorsport NZ has to offer!
The 2019 NZSBK Championship will be the best all-action, high-octane entertainment you’ll catch all summer. Don’t miss the chance the chance to see NZ’s top motorcycle racers battle it out on track, with a few visiting international racers in the mix this year too. NZSBK extends to five rounds for the 2019 season, two in the South Island in January and three in the North Island March-April, all at NZ’s premier track facilities.

Round 5 at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo, is the final showdown for 2019 - titles will be won and lost, champions will be crowned and on-track action will be tightly fought, dramatic, and spectacular. This is a great track for spectators, with multiple viewing posts, easy access to the paddock and pit areas and plenty to keep the family entertained.

The Extravaganza Fair

13 Apr 2019 (Sat) - 14 Apr 2019 (Sun)

Tongariro North Domain, Tongariro Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo

Roll up. Roll up. Roll up!!!
Welcome to Season 4 of New Zealand's largest and newest travelling event! The Extravaganza Fair!

The Extravaganza Fair is a family affair, it is a free entry, fun day out with something for everyone.

We're bringing to NZ a unique style of interesting market stalls, arts and craft, food, musical entertainment, circus shows, performers, unique to NZ tiny homes, including open home and kids shows & games. We're bringing back the 'old school', join in our sack races, tug of wars & musical bean bags & be in to win prizes!

Taupo Market

Riverside Park & Unison Amphitheatre, Redoubt Street, Taupo, Lake Taupo

The Taupo Market - every Saturday* - morning, rain or shine, ever-changing – with lots of regular favorites.
‘Volcanic’ coffee, pies and fries, pastries and juice, fresh fruit and veggies, free range eggs and micro greens, plants, trees and seedlings, wood carvings, wind chimes, crazy pots and painted garden panels, jewellery, necklaces, bracelets and tattoos, greeting cards, paintings and photography, knitting and sewing for all ages and the family pet - more, more, more.