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Scenic cruises & water activities

Water is Taupō’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 Taupō’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 Taupō 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 (Māori 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 Māori rock carvings that tell the story of the great Māori high priest Ngātoroirangi, 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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  • Rafting

    Whitewater Rafting and Rapids Jet Combo

    Enjoy the thrills of Rapids Jet and then Experience Tongariro Rivers best Grade 3 white water action in New Zealand! You’ll raft over 50 exciting Rapids, travelling 14kms through a beautiful volcanic gorge.

    $308 Book now
  • 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.

    $60 - $80 Book now
  • Boat Cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Taurikura Māori Cultural Scenic Cruise

    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
  • Jet boating

    New Zealand River Jet

    At New Zealand Riverjet we specialise in the ultimate jet boating experience. We don’t want to take you for a quick spin, we want to show you a unique glimpse into New Zealand’s history and scenery.

    $99 - $645
  • 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
  • Rafting

    Adrenaline Shot - Rafting & Skydive Combo

    You only live once!... Make it a good one! Rapid after Rapid, after rapid… There’s nothing more refreshing than a splash in the face, and nothing more pure than the pristine waters of the mighty Tongariro River.

    $538 Book now
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    7 Great Days - Self Drive "Central Highlights" - Great Days

    The best choice for an awesome week! This self drive tour is designed for your needs and an everlasting holiday. Explore the diversity of this amazing country on a fantastic route with heaps of stunning moments. Enjoy!

    $2,550 - $2,750 Book now
  • Bird Watching

    Adrift Tongariro Guided Whanganui Canoe Trips

    These tours are designed for an alternative to walking this region of New Zealand's National parks. Explore rugged terrain and lush native forrest.

    $295
  • 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
  • Sports

    Taupo Wake Park

    Cable Wakeboarding Park, Ride our 2 tower cable for the price of lunch. Great way to experience wakeboarding. If you are a beginner that does not know what we are talking about, or a pro that is travelling the world checking out cable's of the world.

    $20 - $99 Book now
  • 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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd

    Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd offer skippered trout fishing charters and scenic cruises on Lake Taupo, New Zealand aboard our charter boats Bravado III and Te Arani II operating out of Taupo Boat Harbour.

    $160 - $340
  • 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
  • Boat Cruises

    Fish Lake Taupō 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
  • 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.

    $19.92 Book now
  • 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 Book now
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