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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

    Tongariro White Water - Rafting New Zealand

    The Tongariro Whitewater Grade 3 is our most popular adventure and thNZ's best half day rafting adventure - Our most popular trip - You'll raft over 50 plus exciting rapids, through a beautiful volcanic gorge & enjoy on river hot chocolate & snacks.

    $119 - $179 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Te Kupenga Fishing Charters

    Te Kupenga which means "Fishing Net" in Te Reo, is the newest addition to the fleet of boats managed by Chris Jolly Outdoors. Te Kupenga is a legendary stabicraft that has been set up as a trout catching machine.

    $150 - $300 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.

    $114 Book now
  • 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.

    $194 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
  • 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
  • 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

    Rafting New Zealand

    Maori owned and operated, Rafting New Zealand has been operating for over 25 years and is New Zealand’s best, safest and most awarded Rafting Company. Providing authentic Rafting adventures for ages 3 and up. No experience necessary.

    $89 - $179 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
  • 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
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