Outdoor & nature

Everything in Taupō begins with its incredible natural landscapes. From the vast, sparkling waters of Lake Taupō and the always-breathtaking panorama of the peaks of Tongariro National Park, to its ancient forests, pristine rivers like the Waikato and Tongariro, and startling geothermal terrain, Taupō’s place as one of the most beautiful regions of the world is undisputed.

In true Kiwi style, we’ve found ways to take enjoyment of this scenery to the next level, by adding the excitement of adrenaline sports like bungy-jumping, jet-boating, ski-diving, waterskiing and white water rafting.

Of course, if you prefer to enjoy nature the old-fashioned way – long forest hikes, bird-spotting, star-gazing, fly-fishing in streams, or sailing across the lake in a yacht – that’s all here too.

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  • Kayaking

    Kayak the Mighty Waikato River

    Explore the crystal clear waters of New Zealand's longest river, the Mighty Waikato, on a 2 hour guided trip. This tour runs daily and is perfect for the whole family.

    $59
  • Ski & snowboard

    Knoll Ridge Café

    The Knoll Ridge Café on Whakapapa Ski Area is New Zealand’s highest café. If you’re not skiing or boarding, you can access the Knoll Ridge Café via a brand new $25 million gondola which opens on 1 June, 2019.

  • Boat Cruises

    Go Explore NZ

    At Go Explore NZ, we offer a variety of adventure tours that will give you a personal and luxurious experience of the Central North Island.

    $295 - $355
  • Walking & hiking

    Silica Rapids

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

  • Ski & snowboard

    Happy Valley Beginner Ski Area

    Whakapapa Ski Area prides itself on having New Zealand’s biggest and best beginner ski, snowboard and snow play facility – Happy Valley Snow Park.

  • Scenic Flights

    Taupo Helicopter Flight Training

    Scenic Trial Flight in a Cabri G2 Helicopter allowing you to take control and have a go! Vouchers available for that gift with a difference. Bookings essential.

    $325 - $650
  • Cultural Attractions

    Ernest Kemp Scenic Cruise Lake Taupo

    Daily Scenic Cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings. Ernest Kemp replica Steamboat. 4 cruises daily during summer months. 2 cruises daily during winter months. Get close to view the carvings. Departs daily 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm, & 5pm Cocktail Cruise.

    $35 - $44
  • Golf

    Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge

    The Hole in One is a fun activity for all ages. Try hitting a golf ball 100 metres over the lake and onto a floating pontoon - it's a challenge. We have the best views over the Lake to the Mountains for taking the ultimate holiday snap. A must do.

    $1 - $20
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