Have breakfast at a cafe in town before embarking on a walking tour of New Zealand’s largest collection of street art that was created during the annual Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival. A downloadable walking tour map is available.
Board a scenic cruise to the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings with Sail Barbary (pre-book as these trips fill up quickly). Cruise to the 14-metre high carvings that are hailed as one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary contemporary Maori artworks.
On your return, make a pitstop at Stir Cafe at Taupo Boat Harbour for killer coffee and sweet or savoury crepes.
Hop on a thrilling jet boat ride with Hukafalls Jet or Rapids Jet. With Hukafalls Jet you’ll experience the awesome, turbulent power of Huka Falls from the crystal-blue pool at its base, and with Rapids Jet you’ll experience the best rapids ride in New Zealand.
Wrap up your Taupo trip by warming up in the natural hot springs in Otumuheke Stream at Spa Thermal Park. There are river edge lounging platforms, a coffee kiosk and storyboards explaining the historic significance of the area.