Family activities

Getting out into nature and adventuring is an essential part of life for kids growing up in New Zealand. Taupō’s incredible scenery and wide range of activities for families 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.

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  • Family activities

    Taranaki Falls

    Taranaki Falls is a short easy walk in the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park.

  • Hiking trails

    Spa Thermal Park to Huka Falls walk

    Walk along the banks of the Waikato River from the hot springs in Spa Thermal Park to the spectacular Huka Falls.

  • Geothermal

    Tokaanu Thermal Walk

    See steaming hot mineral pools and spluttering mud pools on this short, easy walk.

  • Heritage Attractions

    Tongariro National Trout Centre

    Discover the world of freshwater Trout. Come and learn about the freshwater habitat of Trout. Take your Kids Fishing. We have a Kids Pond that is great for catching a trout. Book now to avoid disappointment.

    $15
  • Family activities

    Coriander Lime Kitchen

    Coriander Lime Kitchen is Taupo’s only Asian cooking school that offers cooking classes for adults as well as children.

  • 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.

  • Study/Education

    Huka Prawn Park

    With acres of land dedicated to the production of New Zealand fresh water prawns, and pure family fun, Huka Prawn Park offers a day of fun and excitement for all ages.

    $29.50
  • Cultural Attractions

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Lake Taupō Scenic Cruises

    Cruise to the famous Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings and around the picturesque bays of Lake Taupo. A full commentary is given on the volcanic history and Maori mythology surrounding Lake Taupo. Great for families and those who want comfort on the water

    $40 - $46
  • Hiking trails

    Pukawa Bay Walks

    Walk through ancient forest, experience spectacular lake vistas, and enjoy constant birdsong on a variety of walks on the southwestern shores of Lake Taupō.

  • 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.

  • Theme/Leisure Park

    Mind Junction

    Discover our new Interactive hands on Science experience Discovery Centre, or enjoy our Tricky Golf, maybe you prefer to take the controls of our Flight Simulator, plus five other activities. Open rain or shine and suitable for all ages.

    $2 - $35
  • Taupō town activities

    #LoveTaupo lettering

    Do you #LoveTaupo? Located on Taupo's lakefront, the #LOVETAUPO lettering has quickly become an icon of the town and a must-stop photo spot.

  • 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.

  • Hot pools

    Tokaanu Thermal Pools

    Soak, soothe and relax in the magical mineral waters of Tokaanu Thermal Pools!

  • 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

    Silica Rapids

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

  • Family activities

    Starlight Cinema

    Welcome to Starlight Cinema Centre in Taupo, for all your visual entertainment needs. There are 5 cinemas including a lounge cinema, showing all the latest movies including 3D.

  • Biking trails

    Tongariro River Trail

    The Tongariro River Trail is a scenic looped ride along both sides of the Tongariro River in Turangi.

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