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Family friendly activities in Taupo

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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  • Geothermal

    Spa Thermal Park

    Spa Thermal Park is home of the famous Otumuheke Stream hot pools. From here, you can also explore the Huka scenic walking trails and the Rotary Ride mountain bike trail.

  • Hiking trails

    Opepe Scenic and Historic Reserve

    Perfect for families and just a short drive from Taupo on SH5, explore native bush and discover local history in this scenic and historic reserve.

  • Family friendly

    Tongariro Domain Playground

    Right in the heart of town centre is Taupō's newest family destination! Walk through the gardens of the Tongariro Domain, grab takeaways from one of the many cafes off Tongariro Street, and picnic on Tongariro's Domain's lawn right next to the playground. Just a stone's throw away from Lake Taupō, enjoy an afternoon of pure fun.

  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Orakei Korako Cave & Geothermal Park

    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".

    $45 Book now
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun - Rafting New Zealand

    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
  • Water activities

    Taupo Pedal Boats

    Welcome to Taupō Pedal Boats. Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Taupō, we are a pedal boat and aqua trike rental business, family owned and operated, established in February 2021.

    $8 - $10
  • 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 Full James Rapids where Yogi Bear & The Hobbit scenes were filmed.

    $129 Book now
  • Kayaking

    Kayak the Mighty Waikato River with Canoe & Kayak

    Let Canoe & Kayak pilot your exploration of the crystal clear waters of New Zealand's longest river, the mighty Waikato, on a 2 hour guided trip. This stunning tour runs daily and is perfect for the whole family.

    $69
  • Golf

    Taupo Mini Golf

    Come and enjoy Taupō town's 18 hole mini golf course, centrally located right on the lake front. Amazing lake views and fun for all ages. Get a hole in one on the 18th and receive a free game.

    $13
  • Horse treks

    Riding and Dining at The Hare & Copper Restaurant

    'Put on something nice dear, we're heading out to dinner'. Stylish transportation mixed with a great range of food and beverages in a stylish setting at The Hare & Copper Restaurant.

    $301 - $320
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