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Top 25 rainy day experiences in the Taupō region

Rainy day? No problem! There are plenty of all-weather things to do in the Taupō region. After all, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing, right?

1. Taupō DeBretts Hot Springs

Enjoy two mineral pools, three hydroslides, children’s water play-ground, private pools and day spa.

2. Ngātoroirangi Mine May Māori rock carvings

Cruise, sail or kayak to this extraordinary contemporary artwork towering 14m above Lake Taupō. Daily trips are available.

3. Indoor rock climbing

Discover climbing at The Edge Indoor Rock Wall in Taupō town or Tūrangi Climbing Gym in Tūrangi. Both cater for beginners through to advanced climbers.

4. Huka Honey Hive

View bees, taste honey, mead and ice cream, and be tempted by an impressive array of 100% pure NZ honey and unique gifts.

5. Dropzone at The Landing

Taupō’s newest indoor entertainment centre. A must-do for the young adventurer and the young at heart. Tenpin bowling, trampolines, Ninja course, arcade, indoor playground, cafe and pizza bar!

6. Confinement Escape Rooms

Confinement Escape Rooms - Taupō has 4 exciting rooms. Each room has a unique theme, storyline and clues that will keep you wondering what lies ahead as you work your way through each space solving clues. Rooms accommodate 2 - 8 players.

7. Huka Falls River Cruise

Experience the thunder of the Huka Falls close-up onboard a purpose-built riverboat. Scheduled daily cruises, rain or shine.

8. Tokaanu Thermal Pools

Relax in the thermal and therapeutic waters of the Tokaanu Stream. Outdoor and private pools available. Perfect for the whole family. 

9. Starlight Cinema Centre

This locally owned cinema complex features five picture theatres and a quaint lounge cinema. Check online for session times.

10. Tūrangi Turtle Pools

Indoor pool complex featuring four heated pools with a 25m lane pool, learners' and toddlers’ pools and a new aquatic climbing wall.

11. Mind Junction

Home to a myriad of fun and interactive activities including a giant maze, LEGO display, discovery centre and mini golf. Suitable for all ages.

12. 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.

13. Trout fishing charters

Discover beautiful bays and secret fishing spots with your own private fishing tour on Lake Taupō. No experience is necessary.

14. Crafty Trout Brewing Co

This quirky Austrian-themed Bier Kafe offers beer tastings, meals and a giftware shop.

15. AJ Hackett Taupō Bungy and Swing

Leap from the only cliff-top bungy in the country or try the swing, solo or tandem, above the aquamarine waters of the Waikato River.

16. Wairakei Terraces and Thermal Health Spa

Bathe in mineral and silica enriched thermal pools uniquely situated below magnificent silica terraces and waterfall. Adults only.

17. Shop til you drop

Explore boutique shopping in Taupō’s town centre. Covered footpaths with designer boutiques, specialty shops, outdoor stores, jewellers and more.

18. Geothermal walks 

Embrace the rainy day by embarking on an intriguing exploration of the bubbling mineral pools and sputtering mud pots at Craters of the Moon or the Orakei Korako Cave & Geothermal Park. The rising steam will cocoon you in its comforting warmth as it billows from the earth's vents, making it a cozy and memorable adventure, rain or shine.

19. The Cave 

The Cave beckons you to experience top-of-the-line PC VR technology, spacious play areas, and awe-inspiring virtual worlds. Step into alternate realities, explore uncharted realms, and make your rainy day unforgettable. The Cave - your gateway to boundless entertainment on a wet day in Taupō.

20. AC Baths Hot Pools

The AC Baths is a thermally heated, all-weather, family-friendly pool complex with a cafe and hydroslides.

21. Taupō Museum

Discover the heritage of local iwi Ngāti Tūwharetoa, view a 15m waka crafted from a single log, discover changing exhibitions and shop for unique gifts.

22. Relax at a day spa

Soothe your body and soul with a massage, facial or beauty treatment at one of the many luxurious and award-winning beauty salons and day spas.

23. Enjoy local art galleries

When the rain graces the Taupō region, explore the region's artistic treasures. Our charming towns are adorned with galleries, gift shops, artist studios, and exclusive design stores that showcase a unique collection of furniture, homewares, and handcrafted wonders.

24. Taharepa Baths

Dip your toes in an area of natural geothermal activity at Taharepa Reserve or dig in the sand to create small hot pools.

25. Experience Lake Taupō with Doughboats

Pack your picnic basket, a bottle of wine or cheeseboard, and head out on Lake Taupō in your own eco-friendly doughnut boat. The electric engine boats are covered with open sides, seat up to six and are very easy to use, cruising up to five knots.

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