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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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  • Boat cruises

    Regal Flyer Private Charters

    Regal Flyer is your affordable cruise and party charter boat located in Lake Taupō. We provide you and your guests a stress-free, fun safe and memorable day out on the water.

    $600 - $1,850
  • Maori Cultural Attractions

    Top Cat Charters

    Top Cat Charters is a well appointed quick vessel suitable for private charters of between 2 - 40 passengers. Fish, cruise to the Iconic Maori Rock Carvings, Swim, BBQ or just relax. Enjoy the pristine waters and scenery of Lake Taupo onboard Top Cat

    $250 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Taurikura Maori Cultural Scenic Cruise Experience

    Hear the songs and stories of ancient Tuwharetoa, participate in interactive Maori performances and traditional games, learn to work the poi and even get your own moko tattoo on this special Lake Taupo Maori culture scenic cruise.

    $45 - $55 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Lake Taupo Cruises

    Offering scheduled daily cruises to the world famous Māori Rock Carvings with the iconic replica steamboat Ernest Kemp, or something more private with luxury charters aboard the Regal Flyer showcasing the amazing Lake Taupō.

    $35 - $46
  • Boat cruises

    Taupo Heart of NZ stay and play package deal

    Escape in style with our Heart of NZ Taupō Package. Earlybird discount now on! Come as a couple for a romantic weekend, or use it as a wonderful excuse to meet a group of up to 10 people to make your weekend break even cheaper!*

    $269 - $2,299 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    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

    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
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