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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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  • Activities and Tours

    Sky Waka gondola - Whakapapa

    Ride the country's most advanced gondola, high above the world-heritage-listed mountain area. For wild adventure, for supreme beauty, and for an unforgettable dining experience.

    $49 - $169 Book now
  • Gardens

    Off Road Segway Experience

    Go from Beginner to Pro, starting out with learning how to ride and control your segway, before circling and weaving in and out of the trees, up and down slopes. A great option for families and groups. Upgrades to Thermal Safari, subject to avail

    $75
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Craters of the Moon Geothermal Walk

    Craters of the Moon is a geothermal walkway with Lunar Landscapes - Hence its name. Craters of the Moon showcase the natural thermal activity of Taupo including bubbling craters, steam vents and colourful soils. 45+ minutes walk.

    $8
  • Rafting

    White Water 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
  • 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.

  • Miscellaneous madness

    Taupo Virtual Reality Lounge

    Perfect for rainy days. Tucked in the back room of Bed's R Us on Gascoigne St, is Taupo's first VR Lounge. Walking through the doors transforms to a really cool, and cosy LED lounge. We will help you on your VR from the moment you arrive.

    $25 - $65
  • 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
  • Hot pools

    Otumuheke Stream

    Warm geothermal waters from Otumuheke Stream flow gently into the Waikato River at Spa Thermal Park, providing a hot spot where bathers can relax in healing mineral water.

  • Scenic attractions

    Aratiatia Rapids

    Aratiatia Rapids is one of the most popular natural attractions in the North Island. Thousands of litres of water are released from the Aratiatia Dam creating a spectacular flow of water through a narrow gorge.

  • 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.

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