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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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  • 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
  • Golf

    Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge

    Golf inspires us to try things we never thought we could do. Swing by and take on the famous Hole in One challenge by hitting golf balls out onto a floating pontoon on Lake Taupō to win the ultimate prize of $10,000 cash! Play like a champion today.

    $1.50 - $40
  • Performing arts

    The Haka Shop

    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
  • Scenic attractions

    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.

  • 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.

  • Miscellaneous madness

    AJ Hackett Swing Taupo

    The ultimate cliff-top rope Swing! Located at the Taupō Bungy site, this exhilarating ride offers participants a feet-first alternative, with all the excitement of freefall.

    $160 Book now
  • Hiking trails

    Tawhai Falls

    This short easy walk in the Tongariro National Park is accessible on foot from Whakapapa Village or a short drive to the start of the track.

  • Hiking trails

    Kaimanawa Road short walks

    These two family short easy walks starting from Urchin Campsite at the end of Kaimanawa Road in the Kaimanawa Forest Park are perfect for families.

  • Urban 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
  • Theme & leisure parks

    Huka Prawn Park

    Discover a place where the whole family will be entertained for hours on end. Pack a picnic, togs and towel and spend the day exploring, or dine on the edge of the Waikato River at Riverside Restaurant with delicious meals and breathtaking views.

    $25
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