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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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  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun - Rafting New Zealand

    Splash, crash, swim & laugh, this trip is all about having fun, while traveling through the beautiful lower reaches of the Tongariro River. A great journey for families with young children, our more senior of citizens & non English speaking visitors.

    $89 - $139 Book now
  • Abseiling/Rappelling

    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
  • Rafting

    Family Fun Rafting with Tongariro River Rafting

    Want a Taupo activity that's great for the whole family? Then check out family rafting on the Tongariro River. There are lots of things to do while in Taupo, but this is one that mum, dad, and the kids will enjoy.

    $114 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
  • 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
  • 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

    Taxicat Adventures - Western Bays Adventurer

    Let us connect you to the hidden treasures that are the Western Bays of Lake Taupō. Towering cliffs, hidden ravines, waterfalls and sandy bays are a snapshot of what your adventure with us might look like with Taxicat Adventures.

    $165
  • Theme & leisure parks

    Dropzone at The Landing

    Get ready, the indoor entertainment starts here at the Dropzone at The Landing – Taupo’s newest entertainment destination.

    $10 - $15
  • 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
  • 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
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