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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  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Craters of The Moon Geothermal Walk

    Craters of the Moon is a geothermal walkway with Lunar Landscapes - Hence its name. Craters of the Moon showcase the natural thermal activity of Taupo including bubbling craters, steam vents and colourful soils. 45+ minutes walk.

    $8
  • 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
  • Biking trails

    Waihaha section of the Great Lake Trail

    Towering volcanic rock cliffs, spectacular views and a waterfall hidden deep in the Waihaha Valley are highlights of the Waihaha section. The trail has been built with flowing corners and fun downhills, and some short switchback climbs to keep you honest!

  • 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
  • Ferries/Water Taxis

    Bay2Bay Water Taxi - Kinloch

    Relax and sightsee, or for the more adventurous: ride, hike or climb around the Great Lake Trail with easy access to all tracks with Bay2Bay Water Taxi.

    $40 - $100
  • Orienteering

    Taupo PLB Hire

    Taupo PLB Hire is run as a not for profit organisation and hire out the latest ACR locator beacons with built-in GPS locator chips. Made from durable ABS high impact/ high visibility plastic to withstand the rugged New Zealand terrain.

    $10 - $40 Book now
  • Scenic Flights

    Executive Decision - Rafting & Heli-Tour Combo

    Taupo is such a magnificent area, the lake itself is the size of Singapore and at either end of it rest spectacular adventures to ensure you’re not only on the edge of your seat.

    $344 Book now
  • Geothermal

    Tokaanu Thermal Walk

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

  • Cycle Hire

    FourB Bike Hire

    Hard tail, full suspension and electric Mountain bikes. Electric step through road bikes and race road bikes for hire.

    $20 - $180
  • Ski & snowboard

    Knoll Ridge Chalet

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

  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Poronui - Fly Fishing

    While surrounded by spectacular scenery, cast a dry fly over a big, wild trout in a crystal-clear stream at Poronui. Choose from easily accessible waters or take a helicopter flight into the mountains to uncover more private, idyllic fishing spots.

    $1,435 - $13,345 Book now
  • Sailing

    Sail Barbary Lake Taupō

    The beautiful panoramic views of Great Lake Taupo. There’s no better way to experience this natural wonder than on the water itself. For a truly unique sailing experience – Sail Barbary to the Maori Roc

    $49 - $54 Book now
  • Scenic flights

    Lakeview Helicopters

  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Fish Taupo

    Fish Taupo aboard Stratus with Marty. Stratus is designed for fishing and cruising in comfort. All quality gear supplied. Go with the local professional who owns the boat and has your interest at heart. Price is for the whole boat, not per person.

    $110 - $150
  • Boat Cruises

    Self Drive Boat Hire - LAKeFUN Taupo

    Want to explore the Lake at your own leisure on your own. This is a great way to see everything on Lake Taupo without having to share your time with a stranger.

    $80 - $10,000 Book now
  • Cafes

    RNZ Adventure Centre Cafe

    Sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious coffee and snack in front of the fire at Rafting New Zealand Adventure Centre Cafe. RNZ Adventure Centre presents the world's first 6D rafting adventure!

  • Adventure Travel

    Rafting New Zealand Adventure Centre

    The Rafting New Zealand Adventure Centre is the ultimate travellers Hub. With only Taupo's best activity providers promoted you are guaranteed a great time! Also home to the 6D "real" adventure cinema.

  • Biking

    Craters Mountain Bike Park

    Craters Mountain Bike Park is a purpose-built mountain bike park located only a short distance from the Taupō town, with trails ranging from children’s entry level to technical cross country.

  • 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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd

    Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd offer skippered trout fishing charters and scenic cruises on Lake Taupo, New Zealand aboard our charter boats Bravado III and Te Arani II operating out of Taupo Boat Harbour.

    $160 - $340
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