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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  • Bike trails & parks

    Huka Falls to Aratiatia Dam trail

    This grade 2-3 loop trail is perfect for the whole family. Highlights include river views, the impressive Aratiatia Dam release, stunning native bush and a hidden geothermal stream.

  • Sports

    Tread Routes Cycle Tours

    Explore the New Zealand Cycle Trails with Tread Routes. We provide shuttles, guiding, bike hire and package trips on a wide range of trails. We have expert trail knowledge and all the gear to make logistics easy.

    $20 - $2,000
  • Biking

    Great Lake Walkway

    Voted New Zealand's Favourite Urban Ride in 2017, the Great Lake Walkway is bike riding at its most basic level — even tots with training wheels will love this ride.

  • 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

    Lake Taupō Cruises

    Four boating options to enjoy the sights and activities Lake Taupo has to offer. Lake Taupo Cruises offers scheduled scenic tours and private fishing charters, with the option to add on catered meals, BBQ, clay target shooting, licenced bar.

    $200 - $600
  • Skydiving

    Duck'n'Dive - Rafting and Skydiving

    Experience NZ's finest scenery from the air and on the water! The Duck & Dive combo gives you the chance to skydive and raft in two of the most beautiful spots in the Central North Island.

    $365
  • 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 Book now
  • 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
  • Biking trails

    Tongariro River Trail

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

  • Scenic Flights

    Inflite Charters Taupo

    INFLITE Helicopters can transport you in comfort and style to everything that Taupo and the Central North Island has on offer. Experience the raw & natural beauty of Great Lake Taupo and its surrounds. Nothing beats an aerial view of this region.

    $99 - $695
  • Scenic Flights

    Heli Adventure Flights

    Heli Adventure Flights is Lake Taupo’s leading tour flight helicopter company. Taupo is in New Zealand’s North Island, set on the edge of Lake Taupo, the southern hemisphere’s largest crater lake (in fact, it is the size of Singapore!).

    $99 - $740
  • 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
  • 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 Book now
  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Waikato River Float

    Cruise down the slow moving gentle waters of the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, past un-spoilt beauty, stunning cliff faces and native forest. A great leisure activity suitable for families.

    $40 - $60 Book now
  • Walking & Hiking

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Guided Walks

    Take a guided walk through native bush around the stunning Lake Taupo region or the Tongariro National Park.

    $300 - $1,000
  • 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 Book now
  • Biking trails

    Kawakawa section of the Great Lake Trail

    Flowing downhill, stunning wetlands, secluded beaches perfect for a mid-way swim and sweeping views of Lake Taupō are just some of the highlights of the Kawakawa section of the Great Lake Trail.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Mountain Biking

    Great Lake Trail Accommodation and Transport Package

    2 nights BnB accommodation and all transport to mountain bike the Great lake trail over 2 days including the boat transfer for Waihaha on day 1 and the K2K and W2K sections on day 2.

    $399 - $499