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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  • Cultural Attractions

    Ernest Kemp Scenic Cruise Lake Taupo

    Daily Scenic Cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings onboard the Ernest Kemp- Replica Steamboat. 4 cruises daily during summer months. 2 cruises daily during winter months. Get close to view the carvings, 2 hour duration.

    $35 - $45 Book now
  • 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
  • Custom Transfers

    Base Camp Shuttle to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    Base Camp is a car park between the beginning and end of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, just in front of the Tongariro Holiday Park. Park your car, hire your gear and use our shuttle for your return transport to the crossing.

    $35 Book now
  • Heritage Attractions

    Geothermal Segway Safari

    Off-road Thermal Safari. 1.5hrs - 2hrs. Off-road segway Training and trails followed by a historic and geothermal journey through Wairakei Resort & neighbouring forest.

    $125
  • 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

    Self Drive Boat Hire - LAKeFUN Taupo

    Want to explore the Lake at your own leisure on your own. This is a great way to see everything on Lake Taupo without having to share your time with a stranger.

    $80 - $10,000 Book now
  • Cycle Hire

    FourB Bike Hire

    Hard tail, full suspension and electric Mountain bikes. Electric step through road bikes and race road bikes for hire.

    $20 - $180
  • Boat Cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Sunday Kiwiana Brunch Cruise

    Enjoy the tastes of traditional Kiwi cuisine and get to know what it really means to be Kiwi on our Sunday Kiwiana Brunch Cruise.

    $40 - $64 Book now
  • Biking

    Timber Trail

    The 85km long Timber Trail is a unique mountain bike ride across ancestral Māori lands, taking you deep into the ancient Pureora Forest Park in New Zealand's central North Island.

  • 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
  • Custom Transfers

    Mangakino Shuttle Service

    Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery of the famous Waikato River Trail as you Bike or walk in an ever-changing, Breathtaking landscape, for just a few hours, or travel more of the trail over 2 to 5 days. Shuttle, Bike Hire and accommodation available.

    $20 - $60
  • Cultural Attractions

    New Zealand Walking Tours - 'Timeless North' - 6 days

    Warmth, water, island vistas, awe inspiring volcanic landscapes and ancient sub-tropical forest make the North Island an intriguing destination. To that, add fine wine, delicious cuisine, and just the right amount of exploring under your own steam.

    $5,999 Book now
  • Kayaking

    Canoe and Kayak Taupo: Twilight on the Lake Tour

    End your day on the crystal clear waters of Great Lake Taupo on our fully guided Twilight on the Lake tour. Glide across New Zealand’s largest lake while taking in the spectacular views of the sun setting beyond the mountains.

    $79 Book now
  • 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

    Wairua Journey's

    Tēnā Koutou Katoa, Nau mai Hāere mai. Wairua Journey’s greets and welcomes you to experience the uniqueness of personal service provided from your hosts being Authentic local’s from the Maunga Mt Tongariro and of the Awa Whanganui River.

    $260 - $280 Book now
  • 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 Book now
  • Walking & Hiking

    Chris Jolly Outdoors - Tongariro Alpine Crossing

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular tramping tracks, and is considered the most popular one-day alpine hikes in New Zealand. One of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’ – a must do in this area.

  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Sweet North - New Zealand Trails

    New Zealand’s cultural heart is in the North Island, where the Maori culture is rich and ever-present, and the bulk of our people live. Discover bubbling thermal wonderlands, impressive forests and stunning lakes on this 5-day adventure.

    $3,999 Book now
  • 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.

  • 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 Book now