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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  • 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
  • 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.

  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park

    Orakei Korako 'The Place of Adorning' - a spectacular Geothermal attraction. Lonely Planet Travellers Guide writes… “ Orakei Korako is arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand"

    $39
  • Cultural Attractions

    Maori Rock Carvings with Taupo Kayaking Adventures

    Let us take you on a 1/2 day adventure kayaking to the impressive 14m high Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay, Lake Taupo. Only accessible by water, a visit to the carvings is one of the must do activity in Taupo.

    $100
  • 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
  • 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.

    $5,599
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Taupo Troutcatcher

    We offer cheap charter boat hire, fishing trips, sightseeing trips and jet ski hire on Lake Taupo. You will fish and catch trout on your own private charter.

    $10,000
  • Jet Boating

    Great Lake Explorer

    The new tour bus in town - Great Lake Explorer is a new shuttle bus service in Taupō taking you to the local attractions in a convenient tour. There are so many great reasons why visitors come to Taupō, and we want to help show you the best of the region by making local transport even easier for you.

    $20
  • 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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Fishing Charters - LAKeFUN Taupo

    Great way to fish on Lake Taupo - Charter a private Fishing boat and catch the big one! Beautiful, comfortable boats, all weather boats.

    $10,000
  • 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
  • Performing Arts

    The Haka Shop Ltd

    Maori Hangi dinner & Cultural show- Meet the real locals to hear the real stories of our tribal area. The Haka Shop welcomes you! Or take a walk with guide "Snow" or weave a mini kete with our expert weavers.

    $49 - $89
  • Biking

    Craters Mountain Bike Park

    Craters Mountain Bike Park is a purpose-built mountain bike park located only a short distance from the Taupō town, with trails ranging from children’s entry level to technical cross country.

  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Geothermal Walk and Waterfall (Squeeze) Trip

    Wander through the hidden valley of Orakei Korako exploring gushing geysers, hot springs & bubbling mud pools. Kayak down the Waikato River, maneuver through ‘The Squeeze’ & emerge at a warm waterfall. End the day with a hot cuppa at Orakei Korako.

    $235
  • Mountain Biking

    Great Lake Trail All-Inclusive 2 Day Guided Package

    The great lake trail 2 day package includes, accommodation, food, Guide and all return shuttle transfers including the Boat transfer return from your accommodation.

    $699 - $1,100
  • 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
  • Biking

    Waihaha Hut Track

    The Waihaha Hut Track is set in native forest within the Pureora Forest Park on the western side of Lake Taupo. The bike track follows the beautiful Waihaha River up to the Waihaha Hut which is set in a clearing overlooking the river.

  • 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.

  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Pinnacle Charters

    Fishing on Lake Taupo at its best or a scenic cruise with friends at your pace, indulge yourself aboard K2. Let Pinnacle Charters share our knowledge and years of boat fishing Lake Taupo for big trout and your safety, enjoyment and fishing success.

    $25 - $200
  • 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.