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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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  • 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.

    $235 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
  • 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
  • Jet boating

    Jet ski Hire with LAKeFUN Taupo

    Jet ski hire on Lake Taupo. Latest model Yamaha jet skis. Go to the Maori Rock carvings with our LAKeFUN Taupo Jetskis . We also offer self drive boats, kayaks and SUP's and are located close to Taupo town centre.

    $120 - $195 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
  • 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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Lakefun Taupo

    We offer a range of budget options in both fishing trips and sightseeing trips. You will fish and catch trout on your own private charter.

    $150 Book now
  • Water activities

    Taupo Watersports - Jet Ski Hire

    The most exclusive jet ski experience on Lake Taupo. No experience needed - Hire & drive the jet ski yourself. Blast around the bay or go on a self-guided tour by following the GPS map on the ski all the way to the iconic Maori rock carvings.

    $92.50 - $185 Book now
  • Kayaking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Full Day Tour

    If you're looking for a longer day experience kayaking on the water, this is the trip for you. Allow approximately 6 hours (4 - 5 hours on the water).

    $225 - $265 Book now
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