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This unique park offers prawn fishing, guided tours, a prawn hatchery and nursery, restaurant, boating lake and much more.
View wild trout and native whio, discover the museum and aquarium and fish for trout in the children’s fishing pond.
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.
Enjoy a tree-lined stroll viewing animals and birds. Picnic area, garden, play huts, swings and pony rides available.
Ride on a small monorail. Operates from 10am public and school holidays and weekends during summer.
Challenge yourself on this high wire ropes course for all ages. Choose from the trapeze, high log, giant swing or the ultimate rock drop.
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.
Zoom around the track on powerful 390cc karts and enjoy the tight twists and turns. Two-seater karts and children’s karts available.
From gentle forest and river treks, to full day trout fishing by horseback. Enjoy beautiful scenery whilst learning about local Māori myths and legends.
Meet gorgeous siberian huskie dogs and puppies, learn about the breed and watch an 8-dog running team in action.
Journey through the sky on the country’s largest gondola and enjoy majestic panoramic scenery. Reopening 1 July 2020.
Spot hidden bays as you glide towards the Maori rock carvings at Mine Bay, an impressive 14m high and only accessible by boat.
Rain or shine, Rafting New Zealand and Tongariro River Rafting both offer fun-filled whitewater adventures and family floats for ages 3+.
Taupo is home to three jet boat operators, each offering a fun and unique experience on the Waikato River. Conditions apply for children.
Situated over the lake, enjoy wood-fired pizzas, sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, windsurfing, hobie cats and more.
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.
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.
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.
Hire gear from Tongariro Adventures and paddle along the southwest shores of Lake Taupo to the mouth of the Kuratau River.
It literally is an endless list of family-friendly things to do in Taupo!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings are one of New Zealand's most extraordinary contemporary art works. Towering 14-metres above Lake Taupo, they are only accessible by water. Check out our guide to the 6 best ways to visit this iconic New Zealand attraction.