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 charterssailing and scenic cruises, including to the historic Mine Bay Māori rock carvingsparasailing, 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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  • 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
  • Cultural Attractions

    Kakariki 16 Day North & South Island Tour

    Experience country life and leisurely touring on this small group tour traveling from the North to South Island. From the beautiful Bay of Islands & Maori culture in the North to the lakes, mountains and fiords of the South, you won't miss a thing.

    $9,190 - $11,290
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures The Squeeze Trip

    Kayak down the Waikato River past the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park where you can see gushing geysers, silica terraces and boiling mud pools from your kayak.

    $210 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Two Mountains Trout Guide

    Richard Mowforth specialises in the Tongariro River, Taupo and Taranaki regions. Whether it's finding solitude on a quiet stretch of the Tongariro River or experiencing the secrets of a Taranaki stream let Richard guide you for a memorable experience

    $200 - $600
  • 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
  • Boat Cruises

    Huka Falls River Cruise

    Huka falls River Cruise is the only Cruise boat that visits Huka Falls. Locally owned and operated our team proudly share a river experience with travellers wanting to visit New Zealand's most visited natural attraction, Huka falls.

    $39 - $93
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Sean Andrews Fly Fishing

    Based in the North Island of New Zealand Sean Andrews is a professional fly fishing guide. Sean spends over 120 days each year guiding the remote rivers and streams of the National and Forest Parks of the North Island.

    $695 - $795
  • 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
  • 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 Book now
  • 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 Māori Cultural Scenic Cruise

    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 Book now
  • 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
  • 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 Book now
  • Walking & Hiking

    Don't Cross the Ladies - Hiking New Zealand - 5 days

    Be treated to a diverse wilderness experience as you travel the North Island. Discover the underground at Waitomo, explore the geothermal delights of Rotorua, hike the shores of the gorgeous lakes in this region and hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    $2,150 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Adventure Taupo Ltd

    Steve Yerex has twenty five years experience, fly fishing in the Central North Island, this experience translates to an ability to match the client to the river and the best outdoor adventure for you that he can provide.

    $350 - $800
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Taupo Boating and Fishing Charters

    Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters are great trips for every occasion. Entertain your friends, family, colleagues, and clients on the 'Great' Lake Taupo. We offer fishing and fun trips and sightseeing cruises.

    $19.92 Book now
  • 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 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Bryce Curle Fly Fishing Guide

    Bryce Curle Fly Fishing has been operating in the Central North Island / Great Lake Taupo region since 1998, he offers a professional and true Kiwi Fishing Experience for the novice through to the most experienced angler. A service that is unmatched.

    $350 - $650
  • 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 Book now
  • Rafting

    The Big Splash

    The Big Splash is about being wet in the summer and cool in the winter, by doing a wicked combination of bungy jumping and rafting. With two locally owned and operated companies, we offer an action-packed day, that's on the wild side!

    $270 Book now