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Adrenaline

New Zealanders are renowned for going to extreme lengths to get an adrenaline buzz (this is the country where commercial bungy-jumping was invented, after all). And Taupō is ground zero for every activity that a thrill-seeker could wish to try.

Set off on alpine adventures in volcanic mountains, discover the mighty Tongariro and Waikato rivers and the largest freshwater lake in Australasia (plus more than 20 other lakes), thundering waterfalls and ancient native bush, and all the adrenaline that comes with such an epic landscape.

 

Hurl yourself from a skydive plane to get the most boast-worthy view of the entire region – from the mountains across the lake and out to the coast. Leap from the highest water-touch bungy platform in the country and take a dip in the clear waters of the Waikato River. You can hurtle down slopes on snowboards or toboggans, zoom across rivers in a jet boat, bounce through rapids on a white water raft, race V8 supercars or judder along bush tracks in a quad bike – if you’ve got the nerve, Taupō has the test for it.

 

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  • Cultural Attractions

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures (TKA) specialises in guided scenic tours and trips on Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest fresh water lake, rivers, streams, walking and mountain biking tracks and trails in the Great Lake Taupo Region.

    $65 - $400 Book now
  • Rafting

    The Big Splash

    The Big Splash is about being wet in the summer and cool in the winter, by doing a wicked combination of bungy jumping and rafting. With two locally owned and operated companies, we offer an action-packed day, that's on the wild side!

    $270 Book now
  • Jet Boating

    Rapids Jet

    Experience real white water Jet Boating. Rapids Jet is a fun, safe & exhilarating experience which takes you to the Aratiatia Rapids, through the narrowest canyon on the river to the Fuljames rapids where scenes from Yogi bear & hobbit were filmed.

    $129 Book now
  • Adventure Travel

    Wairakei Tourist Park

    Wairakei Tourist Park is riverside and rural, thermal and thoughtful with something for adrenaline junkies, quiet plodders and most things in between.

  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Full Day Tour

    If you're looking for a longer day experience kayaking on the water, this is the trip for you. Allow approximately 6 hours (4 - 5 hours on the water).

    $225 - $265 Book now
  • Parasailing

    Big Sky Parasail

    Come fly 1000 ft. above Lake Taupo and see New Zealand's most beautiful lake from a bird's eye view. Feel secure that you are with the most experienced parasail crew and the finest vessels in the industry. 100% safety record.

    $99 - $119 Book now
  • Adrenaline & adventure

    Tongariro Northern Circuit

    Explore the volcanic heart of Tongariro National Park through a landscape of stark glacial contrasts and alpine views. Discover diverse landscapes ranging from mountain beech forest, tussock country and sculptured sands and volcanic rock on this 3 - 4 day Department of Conservation Great Walk.

  • Sports

    Taupo Wake Park

    Cable Wakeboarding Park, Ride our 2 tower cable for the price of lunch. Great way to experience wakeboarding. If you are a beginner that does not know what we are talking about, or a pro that is travelling the world checking out cable's of the world.

    $20 - $99 Book now
  • Adrenaline & adventure

    Round the Mountain Track

    The multi-day Round the Mountain Track located in the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park showcases the varied volcanic landscapes and alpine vegetation on the flanks of the active volcano Mount Ruapehu. It's a more remote alternative to the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk and will take you 4 - 6 days.

  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Kayak & Geothermal Adventure

    Kayaking through geothermal features along the Waikato River, stoping for a warm shower under a hot springs waterfall and wandering through Orakei Korako Geothermal Park is without a doubt the best way to experience the geothermal wonders of NZ.

    $230 - $270 Book now
  • Miscellaneous Madness

    Formula Challenge Racing

    At Formula Challenge, we pride ourselves at being able to deliver New Zealand's best motorsport experiences. With 25 years of experience behind us, Formula Challenge is the ultimate experience for motosport.

    $390 - $690 Book now
  • Skydiving

    Duck'n'Dive - Rafting and Skydiving

    Experience NZ's finest scenery from the air and on the water! The Duck & Dive combo gives you the chance to skydive and raft in two of the most beautiful spots in the Central North Island.

    $365
  • Rafting

    Whitewater Rafting - Tongariro River Rafting

    We are the number one rated Taupo rafting experience on TripAdvisor. We've had over 230,000 customers in the last 27 years. Hands down this is the most fun in the Taupo region!

    $145 Book now
  • 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
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    7 Great Days - Self Drive "Central Highlights" - Great Days

    The best choice for an awesome week! This self drive tour is designed for your needs and an everlasting holiday. Explore the diversity of this amazing country on a fantastic route with heaps of stunning moments. Enjoy!

    $2,550 - $2,750 Book now
  • Jet boating

    New Zealand River Jet

    At New Zealand Riverjet we specialise in the ultimate jet boating experience. We don’t want to take you for a quick spin, we want to show you a unique glimpse into New Zealand’s history and scenery.

    $99 - $645
  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Geothermal Walk and Waterfall (Squeeze) Trip

    Wander through the hidden valley of Orakei Korako exploring gushing geysers, hot springs & bubbling mud pools. Kayak down the Waikato River, maneuver through ‘The Squeeze’ & emerge at a warm waterfall. End the day with a hot cuppa at Orakei Korako.

    $235 Book now
  • Skydiving

    Skydive Taupō

    At Skydive Taupō we combine the Manaakitanga (Maori hospitality and generosity) with the Kiwi thrill-seeker attitude. We offer a fancy limo pick up service and we have the most iconic plane in the country, covered in Maori patterns.

    $279 - $659 Book now
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