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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  • Bird Watching

    Adrift Tongariro Guided Whanganui Canoe Trips

    These tours are designed for an alternative to walking this region of New Zealand's National parks. Explore rugged terrain and lush native forrest.

    $295
  • Bed & Breakfast

    Tongariro Adventures

    We’d love to host you in our unique part of paradise here at Kuratau, on the southern shores of Lake Taupo, under the majestic mountains of Tongariro National Park. The many wonderful experiences the region has to offer are at our doorstep.

    $145 - $180
  • Golf

    Kinloch Golf Club 10-hole

    Located in the idyllic lake side village of Kinloch,on the Western shores of Lake Taupo, the well established little Course provides visitors to the region with a wonderful addition to the choices they have in golf courses.

  • Walking & Hiking

    Ultimate North - Hiking New Zealand - 7 days

    This kiwi style hiking trip is for those who have a little less time but want to experience the very best that the North Island can offer.

    $2,200 Book now
  • 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
  • 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
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Sweet North - New Zealand Trails

    New Zealand’s cultural heart is in the North Island, where the Maori culture is rich and ever-present, and the bulk of our people live. Discover bubbling thermal wonderlands, impressive forests and stunning lakes on this 5-day adventure.

    $3,699 Book now
  • Biking

    Rotary Ride

    From Taupō town you can ride all the way to Huka Falls (and on to Aratiatia Dam), following the course of the Waikato River along the Huka Falls Rotary Ride.

  • Sailing

    Romance & Adventure - Rafting & Sail to the Carvings Combo

    Immerse yourself in what it really means to be a ‘local’ in the Taupo region; An area where active lifestyles are complemented by relaxing leisure activities – that’s just what we do.

    $208 Book now
  • Ski & snowboard

    Whakapapa Ski Area

    Whakapapa Ski Area is New Zealand’s largest ski area with over 65 trails to discover, ranging from beginner and intermediate to extreme.

  • Scenic attractions

    Aratiatia Rapids

    Aratiatia Rapids is one of the most popular natural attractions in the North Island. Thousands of litres of water are released from the Aratiatia Dam creating a spectacular flow of water through a narrow gorge.

  • Cultural Attractions

    Top Cat Charters

    Top Cat Charters is a well appointed quick vessel suitable for private charters of between 2 - 40 passengers. Fish, cruise to the Iconic Maori Rock Carvings, Swim, BBQ or just relax. Enjoy the pristine waters and scenery of Lake Taupo onboard Top Cat

    $250 Book now
  • Rafting

    Waikato Thermal Float - Rafting New Zealand

    This is a great adventure for families with younger children, our more senior citizens, first time rafters and people who just want to chill, view and learn about the river from the comfort and fun of a white water raft.

    $89 Book now
  • Cycling

    Bikes on Taupo

    Bikes on Taupo is Taupo's most convenient family focused bike rental business; with bikes starting from $20 for two hours and plenty of trails to keep you busy and having fun. Why not see the beautiful lake and scenery with one of our bikes?

    $20 - $60
  • Study/Education

    NZ Student Travel

    We organise, plan and operate small group bus tours for student groups. Whatever your needs for your group travel within New Zealand we can offer complete logistics and full operation of your tour.

    $1,000 - $4,000
  • 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.

    $90 - $400 Book now
  • Jet Boating

    Jetboat and Skydive Combo - Rapids jet

    Book the best adrenalin activities all at once. Skydive and Rapids Jet Taupo. Jetboat thrill ride then a Tandem skydive Jump out of a Plane over Lake Taupo.

    $408 - $488 Book now
  • Walking & Hiking

    Taupo Scenic Walks

    Spend a relaxing day in Taupo’s majestic outdoors as we take you walking and photographing in some of the region’s most stunning locations.

    $230 Book now
  • Walking & Hiking

    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular tramping tracks, and is considered the most popular one-day alpine hikes in New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’ – a must do in this area.

  • Golf

    Wairakei Resort Taupo 9 Hole Golf Course

    Play a round of 9 hole golf on one of New Zealand's best public golf courses. Golf clubs and trolleys are available for hire, and there is a cafe and 19th Hole bar located on site for post-game refreshment.

    $15 - $25
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