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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  • Bus/Coach Transport

    Ketetahi One Way Shuttle for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Cheapest option to get to the crossing is the Ketetahi car park one way shuttle to the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. We now pick up from the Tongariro Shuttle car park across the road from Ketetahi.

    $35
  • 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
  • Custom Transfers

    Taupo return shuttle for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Taupo return shuttle picks you up from Taupo takes you to the track start then picks you up from the end of the track and takes you back to Taupo again. We give you a free map and information sheet.

    $70
  • 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.

  • Heritage Attractions

    Tongariro National Trout Centre

    Discover the world of freshwater Trout. Come and learn about the freshwater habitat of Trout. Take your Kids Fishing. We have a Kids Pond that is great for catching a trout. Book now to avoid disappointment.

    $15
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Kayak & Geothermal Adventure

    This trip is perfect for those wanting to experience the geothermal wonders of New Zealand up close by starting with a kayak adventure along the Waikato River down toward the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park.

    $200 - $240
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Kayak Fishing Tours

    Come and fish beautiful Lake Taupo out of purpose built fishing kayaks. Fish for Rainbow trout and the odd Trophy Brown trout, while enjoying the serenity that only kayak fishing provides. Fishing is available all year round.

    $250 - $450
  • 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
  • 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
  • Walking & Hiking

    Ultimate North - Hiking New Zealand - 7 days

    This kiwi style hiking trip is for those who have a little less time but want to experience the very best that the North Island can offer.

    $2,200
  • Airport Shuttles

    Four B Shuttle Services

    Great lake trail, Timber trail, 42nd traverse, Tongariro crossing, Bridge to nowhere and charter options available for hikers and mountain bikers.

    $30 - $500
  • Photography

    ManojKesavan Film & Photography

    A science professional and a passionate photographer. We offer day & night photography trips, stargazing trips with tutorials on astrophotography. I am open to all sorts of assignments: wedding photo/videography, Infra-Red photography, ...

    $50 - $250
  • Biking trails

    Waihaha section of the Great Lake Trail

    Towering volcanic rock cliffs, spectacular views and a waterfall hidden deep in the Waihaha Valley are highlights of the Waihaha section. The trail has been built with flowing corners and fun downhills, and some short switchback climbs to keep you honest!

  • Biking

    42 Traverse

    Known as the greatest mountain bike ride in the North Island, the 42 Traverse follows an old logging road through some of the most remote and rugged land in New Zealand.

  • Cycling

    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Guided Biking

    Take a tour of the Biking Capital of New Zealand with Chris Jolly Outdoors. Lake Taupo offers some of the most stunning scenic bike trails, and a guided bike tour is the perfect way to enjoy the experience..

    $300 - $500
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Hiking trails

    Kiko Loop Track

    This short loop track is a great way for walkers and mountain bikers to experience the variety of nature in the Kaimanawa Forest Park. Highlights include stunning podocarp forest and impressive views of Lake Taupō.

  • 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.

  • 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