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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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  • 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

    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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hiking trails

    Silica Rapids

    Silica Rapids is a short easy walk in the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park.

  • 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
  • Urban attractions

    Scoot Az

    Staying in Taupo and need a cheap and fun way to get around? Scoot Az offers a fleet of new, modern scooters for rent. Be it a day to see the sights, or long term, we have rates for everyone.

    $50 - $250
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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