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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 Luxury Charter Vessel Lake Taupo

    Enjoy the beautiful clear waters, sunshine and stunning views of Lake Taupo from the elegance of Regal Flyer. Up to 70 guests can enjoy the decadence of the Regal Flyer with a private charter.

    $600 - $1,850 Book now
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    Top Cat Charters

    Charter a Private Cruise out on Lake Taupo with Top Cat Charters. Top Cat Charters offer a range of cruise options, which can include sightseeing out to the Maori Rock Carvings, Western Bays or Trout Fishing or swimming, paddle boarding and more.

    $109 - $139 Book now
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    Taxicat Adventures - Western Bays - Chasing Waterfalls

    Love waterfalls - so do we. Come and explore the Northern end of the remote Western Bays of Lake Taupō with one of our Western Bay Taster cruises.

    $129 Book now
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    Taxicat Adventures - Western Bays Adventurer

    Let us connect you to the hidden treasures that are the Western Bays of Lake Taupō. Towering cliffs, hidden ravines, waterfalls and sandy bays are a snapshot of what your adventure might look like with Taxicat Adventures. Departing Kinloch daily.

    $259 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Self Drive Boat Hire - Lakefun Express - Pontoon Boat

    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.

    $295 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 private charters aboard the luxurious Regal Flyer showcasing beautiful Lake Taupō.

    $35 - $46 Book now
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    Taupo Classic Combo

    Taupo Class Combo - 'must do' in Taupo. 90 minutes Scenic Lake Cruise with Chris Jolly Outdoors. 30 minutes jet boat ride with Hukafalls Jet to the base of the spectacular Huka Falls.

    $156 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Self drive Boat hire - Stabicraft 1550 - Lakefun Explorer

    Rent a boat on beautiful Lake Taupo. Best way to explore at your own pace.

    $220 Book now
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    Huka Falls River Cruise

    Cruise to New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction, Huka Falls, in our purpose-built riverboat. Enjoy incredible views of this spectacular waterfall in comfort with Huka Falls River Cruise.

    $45 Book now
  • Jet boating

    Hukafalls Jet - Taupo Classic Combo

    Cruise Lake Taupo to the famous Maori Rock Carvings, then jet boat to Huka Falls on the mighty Waikato Huka Falls.

    $165 Book now

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