Water adventures

Water is Taupō’s defining element, from the snow on our volcanic peaks to the steam rising from our geothermal vents. But the best way to enjoy it is to get right into or on to our lakes, rivers and hot pools.

Lake Taupō’s clean waters are refreshing but swimmable through spring, summer and autumn (and winter if you’re brave!).

You can kayak, stand-up paddleboard, waterski or wakeboard, or windsurf throughout the region. There are also fishing charters, sailing and scenic cruises, including to the historic Mine Bay Māori rock carvings, and thrilling jet boat rides on the rivers.

There’s trout fishing throughout the region, river floats and white-water rafting for all ages.

And after a busy day, there’s no better way to unwind than by soaking in one of the region’s geothermally heated mineral hot pools.

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  • 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
  • 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
  • Wineries

    Crown Tours & Travel NZ - Bespoke Tour

    Join our guides on a bespoke tour of New Zealand - your dream vacation built for you. Tell us your interests and let us show you the very best New Zealand has to offer. Crown Tours cater to English and various other languages.

    $11,000 - $29,000
  • 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
  • Boat Cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Taurikura Maori Cultural Scenic Cruise Experience

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Thriller - Rafting and Tongariro Crossing Combo

    Experience the heights and depths of Tongariro. When it comes to the central North Island of New Zealand, there are two world-famous activities to do and they just so happen to be in the same place: Turangi.

    $214
  • Jet Boating

    Jet ski Hire with LAKeFUN Taupo

    Jet ski Hire on Lake Taupo at cheap rates. Latest model Yamaha Jet skis. We also offer Self drive boats, kayaks and SUP's and are located close to Taupo town centre.

    $25 - $10,000
  • 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
  • Cultural Attractions

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Lake Taupo 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
  • 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
  • Mountain Biking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Bike / Walk Tours

    Kayaking with Taupo Kayak Adventures is not the only way to enjoy the stunning scenery the Great Lake Taupo region has to offer. Grab a bike and explore the region on 2 wheels or if you prefer a slower pace, join us on one of our many walking tours.

    $90 - $400
  • Scenic attractions

    Bulli Point

    Take the plunge into the fresh blue water of Lake Taupō from Bulli Point.

  • 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).

    $240
  • Rafting

    Surf & Turf - Rafting and Mountain Bike Hire

    This is Taupo’s take on Surf-and-turf. Ride the 50+ Grade 3 Rapids of the mighty Tongariro River with Rafting New Zealand.

    $149
  • Rafting

    Family Fun Rafting - Tongariro River Rafting

    This leisurely 1 1/2 hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro brings the magic alive for first time rafters and especially children. You get to paddle and there are rapids to navigate but nothing too wild.

    $99
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Fishy Steve's Fly Fishing Company

    "Committed to fly fishing since 1999, I have a passion for sharing New Zealand's world class fly fishing"

    $300 - $650
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