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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 Taupo

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  • 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.

  • Heritage attractions

    Geothermal Segway Safari

    Off-road Thermal Safari. 1.5hrs - 2hrs. Off-road segway Training and trails followed by a historic and geothermal journey through Wairakei Resort & neighbouring forest.

    $125
  • Climbing

    The Edge Indoor Rock Wall

    Our indoor climbing wall at Taupo Events Centre is a challenging and fun all-weather activity for all ages!

    $12
  • 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
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave

    Orakei Korako 'The Place of Adorning' - a spectacular Geothermal attraction. Lonely Planet Travellers Guide writes… “ Orakei Korako is arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand"

    $39 Book now
  • Miscellaneous madness

    Fat Tyre Forest Trail Tours & Safaris

    Gain the skills before following our experienced guide off into the forest. Enjoy rolling trails and a peak at some geothermal activity on NZ's 1st and only E Venture Park. 1 - 1.5hrs

    $45 - $125
  • Sports

    Turtle Pools - Turangi

    Turtle Pools is located in the centre of Turangi and offers entertainment for all ages. A fully enclosed swimming pool facility with an air temperature of 24 degrees and is Poolsafe accredited.

    $5
  • Hiking trails

    Tama Lakes

    The Tama Lakes track forms part of the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk and is a great alternative to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

  • Boat cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Taurikura Maori Cultural Scenic Cruise

    Hear the songs and stories of ancient Tuwharetoa, participate in interactive Maori performances and traditional games, learn to work the poi and even get your own moko tattoo on this special Lake Taupo Maori culture scenic cruise.

    $45 - $55 Book now
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun

    Splash, Crash, Swim & Laugh, this trip is all about having fun, while traveling through the beautiful lower reaches of the Tongariro River. A great journey for families with young children, our more senior of citizens & non english speaking visitors.

    $89 - $139 Book now

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