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Getting out into nature and adventuring is an essential part of life for kids growing up in New Zealand. Taupo's incredible scenery and wide range of family friendly activities are what’s made it a favourite holiday spot for New Zealanders for decades.

From lazy summers spent swimming, boating and fishing on the lake bays, to a pilgrimage to Happy Valley at Whakapapa Ski Area to learn to ski or have a sled, it’s an essential part of many Kiwis’ happiest childhood memories.

Camping, thermal park fun, family hikes and bike rides through native bush, mini-golf, horse treks, the Huka Prawn Park, family restaurants, boat cruises, farm parks, playgrounds and natural wonders – there’s an endless list of things to do and places to go to keep everyone in the family having fun.

Family friendly things to do in Taupō

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  • Urban and Scenic Attractions

    Pure Kiwi Adventures - $10 Segway Ride

    A great stop off and affordable play for everyone. At only $10 for a segway ride, you can't beat it's value. Enjoy the thrills of the Segway Tour. Open during school holidays and long weekends. Find us on the Lake Terrace next to Taupo Mini Putt.

    $10
  • Family friendly

    Coriander Lime Kitchen

    Coriander Lime Kitchen is Taupo’s only Asian cooking school that offers cooking classes for adults as well as children.

  • Family friendly

    Starlight Cinema

    Welcome to Starlight Cinema Centre in Taupo, for all your visual entertainment needs. There are 5 cinemas including a lounge cinema, showing all the latest movies including 3D.

  • Rafting

    Whitewater Rafting - Tongariro River Rafting

    Want the BEST possible rafting experience in the Taupo Region? We're the number one rated Taupo rafting experience on TripAdvisor. We've had over 230,000 customers in the last 27 years. Hands down this is the most fun in the Taupo region!

    $145 Book now
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    Family Fun Rafting - Tongariro River Rafting

    This leisurely 1 1/2 hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro brings the magic alive for first time rafters and especially children. You get to paddle and there are rapids to navigate but nothing too wild.

    $99 Book now
  • Hot pools

    Tokaanu Thermal Pools

    Soak, soothe and relax in the magical mineral waters of Tokaanu Thermal Pools.

    $8 - $12
  • Cycling & mountain biking

    Timber Trail

    The 85km long Timber Trail is a unique mountain bike ride across ancestral Māori lands, taking you deep into the ancient Pureora Forest Park in New Zealand's central North Island.

  • Performing Arts

    The Haka Shop Ltd

    Maori Hangi dinner & Cultural show- Meet the real locals to hear the real stories of our tribal area. The Haka Shop welcomes you! Or take a walk with guide "Snow" or weave a mini kete with our expert weavers.

    $49 - $89 Book now
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun - Grade 2 - with Kids Trout Fishing Experience

    This is the best Grade 2 rafting trip in the country and is a great, safe way to experience the thrill of rafting. This rafting adventure is all about having fun while travelling through the beautiful reaches of the lower Tongariro River.

    $134 Book now
  • Hiking trails

    Silica Rapids

    Silica Rapids is a short easy walk in the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park.

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