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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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  • Water activities

    Whio (Blue Duck) Rafting Experience

    A unique, hands-on New Zealand eco-adventure: help us protect the rare and endangered Whio (Blue Duck) population from predators while rafting the beautiful Tongariro River.

    $179 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Tongariro River Rafting

    Welcome to Tongariro River Rafting: we’re a fun, friendly, family-owned company offering guided Tongariro River experiences from our awesome home base in Turangi. For down-to-earth Kiwi backcountry fun, we can’t be beat!

    $99 - $700 Book now
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Multi-Day Rafting Adventure - Rafting New Zealand

    New Zealand’s best multi-day rafting adventure happens just a few minutes outside of Turangi on the Tongariro River – world famous for its pristine water, incredible scenery and awesome wild life.

    $410 Book now
  • 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
  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures - Kayak, SUP, Bike Hire

    If you’d prefer to explore the great lake and its surroundings on your own, we have a wide range of equipment that you’re able to hire such as kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUP), mountain bikes and bike racks.

    $20 - $100 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Cruise Kakariki to the Maori Rock Carvings

    This all-year-round activity offers relaxation, fun and adventure on the water. Get right up close to this culturally significant 46 foot (14m) high rock art. Enjoy amusing and current commentary on Lake Taupo, the volcanoes and the carvings.

    $40 - $45 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Tongariro Whitewater Raft-Fishing

    Rafting New Zealand are proud to offer the ultimate Raft Fishing Tongariro fly fishing trips. Fly Fishing and Rafting on the spectacular Upper Tongariro River is the ultimate Fly Fishing adventure.

    $699 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
  • Water activities

    Taupo Pedal Boats

    Pedal boat and Water bike rental on the picturesque Lake Taupō.

    $6 - $10
  • 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.

    $209 Book now
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