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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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  • 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 Book now
  • Rafting

    Rafting New Zealand

    Rafting New Zealand has been operating for over 25 years and is New Zealand’s most awarded rafting Company.

    $89 - $179 Book now
  • 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
  • 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 Book now
  • 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
  • Rafting

    Whitewater Rafting - Tongariro River Rafting

    We are the number one rated Taupo rafting experience on TripAdvisor. We've had over 230,000 customers in the last 27 years. Hands down this is the most fun in the Taupo region!

    $145 Book now
  • Cultural Attractions

    Wairua Journey's

    Tēnā Koutou Katoa, Nau mai Hāere mai. Wairua Journey’s greets and welcomes you to experience the uniqueness of personal service provided from your hosts being Authentic local’s from the Maunga Mt Tongariro and of the Awa Whanganui River.

    $260 - $280 Book now
  • Cultural Attractions

    Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings with Canoe & Kayak

    Let Canoe & Kayak take you on a kayak adventure across stunning Lake Taupo while taking in all the beautiful views of the surrounding coastline and neighbouring mountains before getting up close and personal to the iconic Maori Rock Carvings.

    $99 Book now
  • Rafting

    H2-Ohh Combo - Hukafalls Jet & Whitewater Rafting

    White Water Adventure That’s Splashtastic. Dash to the base of the spectacular Huka Falls onboard a twin engined V6 jet boat. Then carry on your adventure with Whitewater Rafting. Transfers and light end of day meal included. Family Fun option also.

    $219 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Lake Taupo Cruises

    Four boating options to enjoy the sights and activities Lake Taupo has to offer. Lake Taupo Cruises offers scheduled scenic tours and private fishing charters, with the option to add on catered meals, BBQ, clay target shooting, licenced bar.

    $200 - $600
  • Ferries/Water Taxis

    Bay2Bay Water Taxi - Kinloch

    Relax and sightsee, or for the more adventurous: ride, hike or climb around the Great Lake Trail with easy access to all tracks with Bay2Bay Water Taxi.

    $40 - $100
  • Bungy

    The Big Splash

    The Big Splash is about being wet in the summer and cool in the winter, by doing a wicked combination of bungy jumping and rafting. With two locally owned and operated companies, we offer an action-packed day, that's on the wild side!

    $270 Book now
  • Rafting

    Sound of Thunder - Rafting and Jet Boating Combo

    Water, water everywhere… Ride with the Rapid Kings! Nobody knows Rapids and River thrill seeking like Rafting New Zealand and Rapids Jet. Nobody.

    $264 Book now
  • Boat Cruises

    Chris Jolly Outdoors Knight Rider Scenic Cruise - Lake Taupō

    Cruise on Lake Taupo under the moonlight to the Maori Rock Carvings on Chris Jolly Outdoors Knight Rider Scenic Cruise, a "first of a kind" experience that is only available on board Cruise Cat.

    $46 Book now
  • Mountain Biking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Bike / Walk Tours

    Kayaking with Taupo Kayak Adventures is not the only way to enjoy the stunning scenery the Great Lake Taupo region has to offer. Grab a bike and explore the region on 2 wheels or if you prefer a slower pace, join us on one of our many walking tours.

    $100 - $400 Book now
  • Jet Boating

    Jet ski Hire with LAKeFUN Taupo

    Jet ski Hire on Lake Taupo at cheap rates. Latest model Yamaha Jet skis. We also offer Self drive boats, kayaks and SUP's and are located close to Taupo town centre.

    $25 - $10,000 Book now
  • Scenic Flights

    Taupō's Floatplane

    Enjoy a unique flightseeing experience over Tongariro National Park, the Bay of Plenty and, of course, Great Lake Taupo! Scenic flights by seaplane are a magical way of gaining a true perspective of one of NZ’s most scenic regions.

    $109 - $870
  • Urban and Scenic Attractions

    Hukafalls Jet

    Hukafalls Jet is the only jet boat company permitted to take you to the base of the mighty Huka Falls for unique water-level views! Nothing gets you closer!

    $135 Book now
  • Other Wildlife

    7-Day Northern Voyager Tour (Wild Kiwi)

    Make every day count on our Northern Island Tour. Our awesome guides have hunted out all the very best spots on the North Island to give you the most epic experience of New Zealand possible.

    $1,249 - $1,299 Book now
  • Parasailing

    Big Sky Parasail

    Come fly 1000 ft. above Lake Taupo and see New Zealand's most beautiful lake from a bird's eye view. Feel secure that you are with the most experienced parasail crew and the finest vessels in the industry. 100% safety record.

    $99 - $119 Book now

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