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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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  • Biking trails

    Tongariro River Trail

    Discover stunning native bush, winding singletrack and lovely river views on this scenic looped ride along both sides of the Tongariro River in Turangi - perfect for the whole family.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Cycling & mountain biking

    Great Lake Walkway - Lion's Walk

    Voted New Zealand's Favourite Urban Ride in 2017, the Great Lake Walkway or Lion's Walk is perfectly suited for families and offers spectacular views across Lake Taupo to the snow-capped peaks of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu.

  • Geothermal walkways

    Spa Thermal Park to Huka Falls walk

    Walk along the banks of the Waikato River from the hot springs in Spa Thermal Park to the spectacular Huka Falls.

  • Golf

    Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge

    The Hole in One is a fun activity for all ages. Try hitting a golf ball 100 metres over the lake and onto a floating pontoon - it's a challenge. We have the best views over the Lake to the Mountains for taking the ultimate holiday snap. A must do.

    $1.50 - $25
  • Activities and Tours

    Sky Waka gondola - Whakapapa

    Ride New Zealand's most advanced gondola, high above the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park. Journey over waterfalls and ancient lava flows and take in the majestic scenery of Mt Ruapehu and its neighbouring volcanoes, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.

    $49 - $169 Book now
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal 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"

    $39 Book now
  • Hiking trails

    Kiko Loop Track

    This short loop track is a great way for walkers and mountain bikers to experience the variety of nature in the Kaimanawa Forest Park. Highlights include stunning podocarp forest and impressive views of Lake Taupō.

  • Museums

    Volcanic Activity Centre

    Turangi’s Volcanic Activity Centre is a hands-on interactive educational tourist visitor attraction that makes understanding the earths volcanic forces easy and fun through a wide range of informative visual, electronic and interactive displays.

    $10 - $12

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