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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

    $10 - $14
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

    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
  • Hot pools

    Tokaanu Thermal Pools

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

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Miscellaneous Madness

    Taupō Karts

    Drive one of the most powerful recreational karts in the world! Open 7 days a week. Kids karts and tandem karts also available.

    $49 - $125 Book now
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Hiking trails

    Silica Rapids

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

  • 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.

  • Theme/Leisure Park

    Huka Prawn Park

    New Zealand’s only prawn park offers a fun filled day of entertainment for the family. Pack a picnic and towel and spend the day creating exciting prawn memories to last forever.

    $29.50 Book now
  • Boat Cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Taurikura Māori Cultural Scenic Cruise

    Hear the songs and stories of ancient Tuwharetoa, participate in interactive Maori performances and traditional games, learn to work the poi and even get your own moko tattoo on this special Lake Taupo Maori culture scenic cruise.

    $45 - $55 Book now
  • 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 Book now
  • Sports

    Tread Routes Cycle Tours

    Explore the New Zealand Cycle Trails with Tread Routes. We provide shuttles, guiding, bike hire and package trips on a wide range of trails. We have expert trail knowledge and all the gear to make logistics easy.

    $20 - $2,000
  • 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.

  • Cultural Attractions

    Ernest Kemp Scenic Cruise Lake Taupo

    Daily Scenic Cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings onboard the Ernest Kemp- Replica Steamboat. 4 cruises daily during summer months. 2 cruises daily during winter months. Get close to view the carvings, 2 hour duration.

    $35 - $45 Book now
  • Heritage Attractions

    Geothermal Segway Safari

    Off-road Thermal Safari. 1.5hrs - 2hrs. Off-road segway Training and trails followed by a historic and geothermal journey through Wairakei Resort & neighbouring forest.

    $125
  • 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.

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