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Scenic cruises & water activities

Water is Taupo’s defining element, from the snow on our volcanic peaks to the steam rising from our geothermal vents. But the best way to enjoy it is to get right into or on to our lakes, rivers and hot pools.

Lake Taupo’s clean waters are refreshing but swimmable through spring, summer and autumn (and winter if you’re brave!). You can kayak, fly high above the lake on a parasail, stand-up paddleboard, hire a sailing boat, waterski, wakeboard, or windsurf. 

Lake Taupo changes through the days and seasons, offering many different types of beauty as you cruise its waters. On sunny days, it’s often smooth as glass and as blue as the sky above. When it’s overcast, it can be wreathed in mist and dark green like pounamu (Maori for jade). 

Whatever the weather, a scenic boat cruise by launch, yacht or steamboat always has plenty to see. From native water birds, beautiful bush-clad coves, the evocative Mine Bay Maori rock carvings that tell the story of the great Maori high priest Ngatoroirangi, or even just the clear, rippling water of Lake Taupo with its amazing depth and visibility.

There are also fishing charters and cruises, world-class fly fishing on the rivers, river floats and white-water rafting for all ages.

For those with a taste for adventure, a jet boat trip on the Waikato River combines thrilling action with the chance to see spectacular natural features like the Huka Falls, Aratiatia Rapids or the ethereal Tutukau Gorge up close.

And after a busy day, there’s no better way to unwind than by soaking in one of the region’s geothermally heated mineral pools or natural hot pools.

 

 

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  • 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 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Doughboats Lake Taupo

    Hire & drive your own doughnut boat! Our electric powered boats seat 6 & rental sessions are 2 hours long. Pack some drinks & nibbles, & cruise the shoreline of Lake Taupo while enjoying your favorite music via bluetooth speakers.

    $32.50 - $59.50 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Cruise Kakariki to the Maori Rock Carvings

    This all-year-round activity offers relaxation, fun and adventure on the water. Get right up close to this culturally significant 46 foot (14m) high rock art. Enjoy amusing and current commentary on Lake Taupo, the volcanoes and the carvings.

    $40 - $45 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Sail Fearless - Māori Carvings Sailing Tour

    "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.

    $39 - $59 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Taupo Boating and Fishing Charters

    Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters are great trips for every occasion. Entertain your friends, family, colleagues, and clients on the 'Great' Lake Taupo. We offer fishing and fun trips and sightseeing cruises.

    $19 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Sail Barbary - eco sailing Lake Taupo

    Explore Lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise with Sail Barbary. Enjoy stunning vistas as you set sail to explore the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Book and enjoy a must-do experience on New Zealand's only commercial electric sail boat.

    $49 - $54 Book now
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    Fish Lake Taupo Charters

    Whether relaxing with friends and family on a cruise to view the Maori Rock Carvings or fishing for a wily trout or two on Lake Taupo, enjoy time on board MV Waimarie. Bring your own food and refreshments and use the galley/BBQ facilities.

    $150 - $200
  • Boat cruises

    Go Explore NZ

    At Go Explore NZ, we offer a variety of guided full day tours that will give you a personal experience of the Central North Island.

    $180 - $230 Book now
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