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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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  • 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, Western Bays or Trout Fishing or swimming, paddle boarding and more.

    $109 - $139 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
  • Boat cruises

    Western Bays Scenic Adventure – Boat Harbour to Kinloch

    We will take you on a full day Scenic Lake Cruise & Kayak Tour around the Western Bays, kayaking to and admiring majestic waterfalls, towering cliffs and visiting an ancient cave. This is an amazing way to explore great Lake Taupo.

    $455 - $555 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Taxicat Adventures - Western Bays - Chasing Waterfalls

    Love waterfalls - so do we. Come and explore the Northern end of the remote Western Bays of Lake Taupō with our Western Bay Taster cruise.

    $109
  • 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
  • Kayaking

    Western Bays Taster – Kawakawa Bay to Kinloch 

    This half day trip is for those who would like to explore a few secluded hidden gems of Lake Taupo’s Western Bays which are mainly only accessible by water. This is an amazing way to explore great Lake Taupo.

    $355 - $470 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
  • 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
  • Miscellaneous madness

    Play-N-Up Flyboard Taupo

    Flyboarding is a fun & easy to learn water sport. Water jet boots lift you above the water so you can experience the feeling of flying above the water, do spins & dolphin dives while having 1:1 instruction with a trained instructon.

    $119
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Fishing Charters with LakeFun Taupo

    Great way to fish on Lake Taupo - Charter a private Fishing boat and catch the big one! Beautiful, comfortable boat, all weather boat.

    $140 - $200 Book now
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