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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 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

    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
  • Boat cruises

    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 or trout fishing, swimming, paddle boarding and more!

    $99 - $129 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Taxicat Adventures

    Let Taxicat Adventures 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 with us might look like.

    $150 - $240
  • Scenic flights

    Fly n Raft combo - Taupo's Float Plane & Whitewater Rafting

    Enjoy an exciting yet scenic 20 minute flight to the Southern end of Lake Taupo. Land and be picked up for a Whitewater Rafting adventure with Tongariro River Rafting. Return transport to your Taupo accommodation & afternoon meal Included.

    $329 Book now
  • Mountain biking

    FourB - Taupo's Best 1-Day All Inclusive MTB Package (Waihaha Great Lake Trails)

    Breakfast, biking, boat, beer and pizza. Is this is the best one day MTB experience in the North Island? Everything included for an epic day of mountain biking finished with a boat transfer along Lake Taupo's Western Bays to the door step of a pub.

    $499 - $599 Book now
  • Rafting

    Family Fun Rafting with Tongariro River Rafting

    Want a Taupo activity that's great for the WHOLE family? Then check out family rafting on the Tongariro River. There are lots of things to do while in Taupo, but this is one that Mum, Dad, and the kids will enjoy.

    $99 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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Cruise Loloma Lake Taupo

    The Loloma; Lake Taupō Fishing Charter Cruise Boat. Facilities include galley, BBQ, toilet, and shower. Fishing, sightseeing, water-sports, or clay bird shooting. Fully customized options for up to 25 passengers or 6 passengers overnight.

    $20 - $260
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Fish Taupo

    Fish Taupo aboard Stratus with Marty. Stratus is designed for fishing and cruising in comfort. All quality gear supplied. Go with the local professional who owns the boat and has your interest at heart. Price is for the whole boat, not per person.

    $125
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