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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  • 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 Book now
  • 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.

    $65 - $400 Book now
  • Theme/Leisure Park

    Huka Prawn Park

    New Zealand’s only prawn park offers a fun filled day of entertainment for the family. Pack a picnic and towel and spend the day creating exciting prawn memories to last forever.

    $29.50 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
  • 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
  • Rafting

    Whitewater Rafting and Rapids Jet Combo

    Enjoy the thrills of Rapids Jet and then Experience Tongariro Rivers best Grade 3 white water action in New Zealand! You’ll raft over 50 exciting Rapids, travelling 14kms through a beautiful volcanic gorge.

    $308 Book now
  • Cultural Attractions

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Lake Taupō 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 Book now
  • Boat Cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Knight Rider Scenic Cruise - Lake Taupō

    Cruise on Lake Taupo under the moonlight to the Maori Rock Carvings on Chris Jolly Outdoors Knight Rider Scenic Cruise, a "first of a kind" experience that is only available on board Cruise Cat.

    $46 Book now
  • Sports

    Taupo Wake Park

    Cable Wakeboarding Park, Ride our 2 tower cable for the price of lunch. Great way to experience wakeboarding. If you are a beginner that does not know what we are talking about, or a pro that is travelling the world checking out cable's of the world.

    $20 - $99 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    The New Zealand Fly Fishing Company

    We fish a wide range of rivers, lakes and streams in the Taupo region and further afield. With local Taupo fly fishing guide techniques and others from the US and Europe we give you more opportunities to catch stunning Rainbow and Brown Trout.

    $400 - $850
  • Sailing

    Sail Barbary Lake Taupō

    The beautiful panoramic views of Great Lake Taupō. 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 Rock Carvings.

    $49 - $54 Book now
  • Rafting

    Sound of Thunder - Rafting and Jet Boating Combo

    Water, water everywhere… Ride with the Rapid Kings! Nobody knows Rapids and River thrill seeking like Rafting New Zealand and Rapids Jet. Nobody.

    $264 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Riverstone Fly Fishing Guides

    Riverstone Fly Fishing offers guided fly fishing day, multi-day or overnight camp out trips throughout the Taupo, Tongariro and Central North Island. We specialize in tailoring your experience to the adventure you seek and the time you have available

    $600 - $650 Book now
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Scenic attractions

    Bulli Point

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

  • 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 Book now
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Kayak & Geothermal Adventure

    Kayaking through geothermal features along the Waikato River, stoping for a warm shower under a hot springs waterfall and wandering through Orakei Korako Geothermal Park is without a doubt the best way to experience the geothermal wonders of NZ.

    $230 - $270 Book now
  • Cultural Attractions

    Chauffered Tours & Transfers 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. Chauffered Tours cater to English and various other languages.

    $11,000 - $29,000