Adventure & adrenaline

New Zealanders are renowned for going to extreme lengths to get an adrenaline buzz (this is the country where commercial bungy-jumping was invented, after all). And Taupō is ground zero for every activity that a thrill-seeker could wish to try.

Set off on alpine adventures in volcanic mountains, discover the mighty Tongariro and Waikato rivers and the largest freshwater lake in Australasia (plus more than 20 other lakes), thundering waterfalls and ancient native bush, and all the adrenaline that comes with such an epic landscape.

 

Hurl yourself from a skydive plane to get the most boast-worthy view of the entire region – from the mountains across the lake and out to the coast. Leap from the highest water-touch bungy platform in the country and take a dip in the clear waters of the Waikato River. You can hurtle down slopes on snowboards or toboggans, zoom across rivers in a jet boat, bounce through rapids on a white water raft, race V8 supercars or judder along bush tracks in a quad bike – if you’ve got the nerve, Taupō has the test for it.

 

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  • Cultural Attractions

    Wairua Journey's

    Tēnā Koutou Katoa, Nau mai Hāere mai. Wairua Journey’s greets and welcomes you to experience the uniqueness of personal service provided from your hosts being Authentic local’s from the Maunga Mt Tongariro and of the Awa Whanganui River.

    $260 - $280 Book now
  • Rafting

    The Big Splash

    The Big Splash is about being wet in the summer and cool in the winter, by doing a wicked combination of bungy jumping and rafting. With two locally owned and operated companies, we offer an action-packed day, that's on the wild side!

    $270 Book now
  • Ski & snowboard

    Knoll Ridge Chalet

    The Knoll Ridge Chalet on Whakapapa Ski Area is New Zealand’s highest café. If you’re not skiing or boarding, you can access the Knoll Ridge Chalet via a brand new $25 million gondola.

  • Ski & snowboard

    Whakapapa Ski Area

    Whakapapa Ski Area is New Zealand’s largest ski area with over 65 trails to discover, ranging from beginner and intermediate to extreme.

  • Wineries

    Real Kiwi Tours Limited

    I offer fantastic day tours for small groups of 2 - 6 people. My tours range from 3 - 8 hours long and are aimed at taking the hassle out of travelling, so that you get to enjoy the sights with interesting commentary from a Kiwi local. Safe and sound

    $99 - $548
  • Ski & snowboard

    Mt Ruapehu Snow Shuttle

    Grab a shuttle from Taupō or Turangi daily & we'll drop you off right at the base of the Whakapapa ski area ready to hit the slopes.

  • Rafting

    Rafting New Zealand

    Rafting New Zealand has been operating for over 25 years and is New Zealand’s most awarded rafting Company.

    $89 - $179 Book now
  • Jet Boating

    Rapids Jet

    Experience real white water Jet Boating. Rapids Jet is a fun, safe & exhilarating experience which takes you to the Aratiatia Rapids, through the narrowest canyon on the river to the Fuljames rapids where scenes from Yogi bear & hobbit were filmed.

    $129 Book now
  • Bus/Coach Transport

    Mt Ruapehu Snow Shuttle

    Hiking? Skiing or snowboarding? Sightseeing? Come and enjoy Mt Ruapehu in winter! Perfect for solo travelers, couples, families or small groups. Door to door premium service with the most experienced drivers. Less stress, no parking issues, more fun!

    $49 Book now
  • Rafting

    Surf & Turf - Rafting and Mountain Bike Hire

    This is Taupo’s take on Surf-and-turf. Ride the 50+ Grade 3 Rapids of the mighty Tongariro River with Rafting New Zealand.

    $149 Book now
  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Geothermal Walk and Waterfall (Squeeze) Trip

    Wander through the hidden valley of Orakei Korako exploring gushing geysers, hot springs & bubbling mud pools. Kayak down the Waikato River, maneuver through ‘The Squeeze’ & emerge at a warm waterfall. End the day with a hot cuppa at Orakei Korako.

    $235 Book now
  • Rafting

    Adrenaline Shot - Rafting & Skydive Combo

    You only live once!... Make it a good one! Rapid after Rapid, after rapid… There’s nothing more refreshing than a splash in the face, and nothing more pure than the pristine waters of the mighty Tongariro River.

    $538 Book now
  • Rafting

    Wairoa River (Class Five)

    The Most Thrilling White Water - The Wairoa River is considered to sit amongst the very best class five rivers & provides the most action-packed Grade 5 rafting in the country.

    $129 Book now
  • Jet Boating

    Jetboat and Skydive Combo - Rapids jet

    Book the best adrenalin activities all at once. Skydive and Rapids Jet Taupo. Jetboat thrill ride then a Tandem skydive Jump out of a Plane over Lake Taupo.

    $408 - $488 Book now
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    7 Great Days - Self Drive "Central Highlights" - Great Days

    The best choice for an awesome week! This self drive tour is designed for your needs and an everlasting holiday. Explore the diversity of this amazing country on a fantastic route with heaps of stunning moments. Enjoy!

    $2,550 - $2,750 Book now
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