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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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  • 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
  • Water activities

    Access 14 - Upper Gorge Tongariro River Rafting

    The Tongariro River is a dam-controlled river which enables us to raft all year round, sadly there are some sacrifices that have to be made in order to have that happen – when the hydro dam was built, a portion of the river was re-routed underground.

    $149 Book now
  • Maori Cultural Attractions

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures (TKA) specialises in guided scenic tours and trips on Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest fresh water lake, rivers, streams, walking and mountain biking tracks and trails in the Great Lake Taupo Region.

    $65 - $400 Book now
  • Volcanic/Geothermal

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Geothermal Tours

    Kayaking through geothermal features along the Waikato River, bathing under a hot springs waterfall or wandering through Orakei Korako Geothermal Park is without a doubt one of the best ways to experience the geothermal wonders of NZ.

    $60 - $270 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Whakapapa Raft Fishing - Rafting New Zealand

    Whakapapa River fishing trips are a true gem, especially by river raft. The Whakapapa River is one of the most stunning rivers which flows from our local volcanoes and boasts amazing brown/rainbow trout fishing.

    $799 Book now
  • Bird watching

    Adrift Tongariro Guided Whanganui Canoe Trips

    Our guides are personable, qualified and ready to guide you on the Whanganui River. Adrift provides instruction, transport, equipment and gear hire. We guide every day. Explore rugged terrain and lush native forrest.

    $600 - $1,800 Book now
  • 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.

    $150 - $220 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
  • 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
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