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Top 25 family experiences in Taupo

There’s an endless list of things to do and places to go in Taupo to keep everyone in the family happy!

1. Huka Prawn Park

This unique park offers prawn fishing, guided tours, a prawn hatchery and nursery, restaurant, boating lake and much more.

2. Tongariro National Trout Centre

View wild trout and native whio, discover the museum and aquarium and fish for trout in the children’s fishing pond.

3. Weekend markets

Explore art and craft stalls, discover local artisans and enjoy fresh local produce, fresh-baked bread, authentic food from around the world, and baked delights. Taupo Market: Saturday morning. Market Central: Sunday morning.

4. Lilliput Farm Taupo

Enjoy a tree-lined stroll viewing animals and birds. Picnic area, garden, play huts, swings and pony rides available.

5. Lion Express Train

Ride on a small monorail. Operates from 10am public and school holidays and weekends during summer.

6. Rock n’ Ropes

Challenge yourself on this high wire ropes course for all ages. Choose from the trapeze, high log, giant swing or the ultimate rock drop.

7. Pure Kiwi Adventures

Ride a segway at Northcroft Domain in Taupo town or take an off-road fat tyre tour into the forest and spot geothermal activity at Craters E-Venture Park.

8. Mini golf

Putt your way through the two 18-hole mini golf courses throughout the region (Taupo Mini Golf / Adventure Mini Golf). A great activity for the whole family.

9. Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

Explore a volcanic world of gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud and amazing silica terraces. Kids will love the short boat ride across the river as much as the otherworldly candy-coloured hillside alive with activity. Cafe onsite.

10. Taupo Karts

Zoom around the track on powerful 390cc karts and enjoy the tight twists and turns. Two-seater karts and children’s karts available.

11. Korohe Horse Treks

From gentle forest and river treks, to full day trout fishing by horseback. Enjoy beautiful scenery whilst learning about local Māori myths and legends.

12. Timberline Racing Siberian Huskies

Meet gorgeous siberian huskie dogs and puppies, learn about the breed and watch an 8-dog running team in action.

13. Sky Waka Gondola

Journey through the sky on the country’s largest gondola and enjoy majestic panoramic scenery. Reopening 1 July 2020.

14. Cruise on Lake Taupo

Spot hidden bays as you glide towards the Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, an impressive 14m high and only accessible by boat.

15. Whitewater rafting

Rain or shine, Rafting New Zealand and Tongariro River Rafting both offer fun-filled whitewater adventures and family floats for ages 3+.

16. Ride on a jet boat

Taupo is home to three jet boat operators, each offering a fun and unique experience on the Waikato River. Conditions apply for children.

17. Waikato River float

Gently paddle down the crystal-clear turquoise coloured waters of the Waikato River with Taupo Kayak Adventures or Canoe and Kayak.

18. Two Mile Bay Sailing Club

Situated over the lake, enjoy wood-fired pizzas, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, hobie cats and more.

19. Hydro bike

Hire a hydro bike from Hydro Fun, near the quirky Bus Stop Café (converted 1972 Bedford bus) and paddle on the waters of Lake Maraetai.

20. Swim in Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo’s crystal-clear waters are swimmable from spring to autumn. Discover stunning beaches and swimming spots dotted all around the lake. In the colder months, find a natural hot spot along Lake Terrace.

21. Craters MTB Park

A purpose-built mountain bike park with over 50km of trails for all levels. Visitor membership available from biketaupo.org.nz or any local bike shop.

22. L’Arte Cafe and Gallery

Set in a magical art-filled garden surrounding an excellent café, working pottery studio and gift shop for a unique piece to take home. Kids will love the small playhouse and hidden garden treasures.

23. Learn about the native blue duck (whio)

Visit the whio creche at the Tongariro National Trout Centre or view whio on the river with Tongariro River Rafting (age 10+).

24. View Huka Falls by boat

Take an exhilarating jet boat ride with Hukafalls Jet or gently cruise to the base of the Huka Falls with Huka Falls River Cruise.

25. Kayak or SUP Kuratau River

Hire gear from Tongariro Adventures and paddle along the southwest shores of Lake Taupo to the mouth of the Kuratau River.

Keen to explore more?

It literally is an endless list of family-friendly things to do in Taupo!

Hot pools

Discover warm healing geothermal waters, steamy hot pools and thermal park fun at one of the thermally heated, all-weather hot pool facilities throughout the region. 

Cruise Taupo's lakefront on a donut boat

The first of it's kind in New Zealand and unique to Lake Taupo, Doughboats are the ultimate family-friendly activity. Spend two hours cruising the lakefront with your own music playing or book an evening sunset trip with dinner onboard whilst enjoying the glow of the multicoloured lights.

Huka Honey Hive

See busy bees up close, taste locally produced honey, and have fun with the interactive displays. Kids will love the gourmet ice creams and adults are sure to enjoy the delicious mead and liquer tastings. Take a 100% pure New Zealand health product home with you from the array of unique gift ideas in the store.

Taupo Museum

Discover more about the heritage of local iwi Ngati Tuwharetoa at the Taupo Museum, as well as viewing a mighty 15-metre waka crafted from a single totara log. The Museum has an ever-changing selection of inventively curated exhibitions and a shop - He Taonga Iti - that sells prints and small treasures that its name means.

Mind Junction

Home to a myriad of fun and interactive activities including a giant maze, discovery centre, LEGO display, mini golf course and a flight simulator. You will find something suitable for every member of the family!

Lava Glass

Watch live glassblowing by award-winning glass artist Lynden Over, wander through the gallery and sculpture garden, and enjoy the on-site cafe.

 

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