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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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  • Horse treks

    Enchanted Forest and Te Waimarino River

    Ride through the Enchanted forest to the beautiful Waimarino River.

    $90
  • Mountain biking

    FourB - Great Lake Trails 2-Day All Inclusive Package

    Two nights B&B accommodation, meals and transport to mountain bike the Great Lake Trails over 2 days including the boat transfer from Waihaha on the first day and the K2K/W2K sections on the second day.

    $549 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
  • 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.

    $10
  • Airport shuttles

    FourB - Great Lake Trails Shuttles

    Shuttle transfers for all sections of the Great Lake Trails in Taupo including booking the water taxi transfer from the Waihaha section in the Western Bays of Lake Taupo.

    $45 - $150 Book now
  • 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.

    $27.50
  • Boat cruises

    Taxicat Adventures - Western Bays - Chasing Waterfalls

    Love waterfalls - so do we. Come and explore the Northern end of the remote Western Bays of Lake Taupō with one of our Western Bay Taster cruises.

    $109 - $130
  • Boat cruises

    Taupo Sailing Adventures - Sail Fearless - Māori Rock Carvings Sailing Tour

    Come on board and be fearless. Sail aboard Lake Taupō's pirate-flagged sailing boat to the Maori Rock carvings. Sustainable and family friendly cruise.

    $49 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Scenic boat tour to the Māori Rock Carvings with Chris Jolly Outdoors

    Chris Jolly Outdoors has been looking after you for 40 years and that continues during COVID-19. Our ability to socially distance you on your 90 minute tour makes us part of your 'top things to do in Taupō'. Spacious and sparkly clean.

    $45 Book now
  • Hot pools & health spas

    AC Baths Hot Pools

    AC Baths is an all-weather, family-friendly, thermally heated pool complex that offers entertainment for visitors and the community.

    $9.50
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