Sightseeing, tours & transport

When you’re new to town or short on time, the way to get the best from the Taupo region is to let an expert guide you.

Taupō has many local fishing, hunting and nature guides who know the area like the backs of their hands, and can take you direct to its hidden gems and back-country secrets.

For those who want to sit back and enjoy spectacular views from a comfortable seat, scenic boat cruises, flights by plane or helicopter and bus tours come with a running commentary on the region’s natural and cultural history and points of interest.

Many of Taupo’s most popular attractions can’t be found anywhere else in the world, like Huka Falls, the Aratiatia Rapids, the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay and the geothermal areas. While you can see most of them under your own steam (so to speak!), hearing the unique stories behind them from a local adds a whole extra level to your experience.

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  • Custom Transfers

    Turangi return shuttle to the Tongariro Alpine Crossin

    Turangi return shuttle picks you up from your accomodation in Turangi and takes you to the start of the track. In the afternoon we also pick up from the end of the track and bring you back to Turangi again.

    $50
  • 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
  • Scenic Flights

    Taupo Helicopter Flight Training

    Scenic Trial Flight in a Cabri G2 Helicopter allowing you to take control and have a go! Vouchers available for that gift with a difference. Bookings essential.

    $325 - $650
  • Biking

    Great Lake Trail

    On the shores of Lake Taupō lies an epic mountain biking adventure. What began as a pipe dream for a crew of local trail builders has evolved into the stunning Great Lake Trail, a 71km mountain biking and walking journey that will take you deep into the native bush surrounding the beautiful Lake Taupō.

  • Scenic Flights

    INFLITE Experiences Taupo - Food & Wine

    Treat yourself and a special someone to a breathtaking flight over iconic Taupo sights, Choose from a range of Food & Wine experiences with INFLITE Experiences Taupo including the Ultimate Taupo Hilton Fly & Dine.

    $231
  • Biking

    Waikato River Trails

    Mountain bikers can explore a series of trails along New Zealand's longest river - the mighty Waikato River. The trails cover about 100 kilometres of previously inaccessible Southern Waikato land from Lake Karapiro to the Atiamuri Dam.

  • Biking trails

    Tongariro River Trail

    The Tongariro River Trail is a scenic looped ride along both sides of the Tongariro River in Turangi.

  • Walking & hiking

    Oruatua Walk

    At the mouth of the Tauranga-Taupō River in the small village of Oruatua, there are two easy walking tracks to enjoy the river, the native bush of the reserves and the expansive lake views.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Walking & hiking

    Taranaki Falls

    Taranaki Falls is a short easy walk in the UNESCO dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park.

  • 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
  • Bike retail, repair & hire

    Top Gear Cycles

    We are Taupō's premier bike shop, offering great service, workshop repairs and the best brands in cycling, including Specialized bikes and equipment. Ask us about anything from mountain, e-bike, bike-packing, tri, and everything in between.

  • Walking & hiking

    Boyd, Oamaru and Cascade Hut tracks

    You can combine these hiking tracks for a multi-night tramp with lush beech forest, river crossings and wildlife.

  • 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
  • Custom Transfers

    Adventure Shuttles

    Whether you want to hike it, bike it, taste it or just go see it Adventure Shuttles helps you get the buzz in the beautiful Central North Island.

    $30 - $1,000
  • Maori culture

    Opotaka Historic Reserve

    Opotaka is a historical Māori pa site (fortified village) where you can learn about the history of the famous Ka Mate Haka, see the remains of the Māori settlement, and enjoy spectacular views across Lake Rotoaira to Mt Tongariro.

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