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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  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Private Fishing Charters

    Fish for Trout with the experts. Chris Jolly Outdoors have been taking clients fishing on Lake Taupo for more than 30 years. We have 4 launches to choose from and can cater for groups up to 140 people - all our fishing trips are private charters.

    $280 - $350
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun - Grade 2 - with Kids Trout Fishing Experience

    This is the best Grade 2 rafting trip in the country and is a great, safe way to experience the thrill of rafting. This rafting adventure is all about having fun while travelling through the beautiful reaches of the lower Tongariro River.

    $134
  • Sailing

    Sail Fearless Maori Rock Carvings Tours

    "Be Fearless" and take an amazing sailing trip on Great Lake Taupo, sailing to the Maori Rock carvings. It's a great affordable and family friendly cruise.

    $29 - $59
  • Scenic Flights

    Fly n Raft combo - Taupo's Float Plane & Whitewater Rafting

    Enjoy an exciting yet scenic 20 minute flight to the Southern end of Lake Taupo. Land and be picked up for a Whitewater Rafting adventure with Tongariro River Rafting. Return transport to your Taupo accommodation & afternoon meal Included.

    $329
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun

    Splash, Crash, Swim & Laugh, this trip is all about having fun, while traveling through the beautiful lower reaches of the Tongariro River. A great journey for families with young children, our more senior of citizens & non english speaking visitors.

    $89 - $139
  • Kayaking

    KAYAK & SUP Hire - LAKeFUN Taupo

    Kayak Hire on Lake Taupo. Great way to explore the Lake at your own time. Kayak to the World famous Maori Rock Carvings.

    $20 - $10,000
  • 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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Fish Her Charters

    Fish Her Charters operates out of the Kinloch Marina we have easy access to the Western Bays of Lake Taupo. Kinloch is a short 20 minute drive from Taupo township. You will be able to enjoy the fantastic fishing that the Western Bays have to offer.

    $80 - $750
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rafting

    Tongariro White Water

    NZ's best half day rafting adventure - Our most popular trip - You'll raft over 50 plus exciting rapids, through a beautiful volcanic gorge. Explore a hidden waterfall (jump optional, weather permitting) & enjoy on river hot chocolate & snacks.

    $119 - $179
  • Rafting

    Wairoa River (Class Five)

    The Most Thrilling White Water - The Wairoa River is considered to sit amongst the very best class five rivers & provides the most action-packed Grade 5 rafting in the country.

    $129
  • 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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Pinnacle Charters

    Fishing on Lake Taupo at its best or a scenic cruise with friends at your pace, indulge yourself aboard K2. Let Pinnacle Charters share our knowledge and years of boat fishing Lake Taupo for big trout and your safety, enjoyment and fishing success.

    $25 - $200
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Cruise Loloma Lake Taupo

    The Loloma; Lake Taupō Fishing Charter Cruise Boat. Facilities include galley, BBQ, toilet, and shower. Fishing, sightseeing, water-sports, or clay bird shooting. Fully customized options for up to 25 passengers or 6 passengers overnight.

    $20 - $260
  • 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
  • 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
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