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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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  • 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
  • Kayaking

    Tongariro Adventures Kayaks

    Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards, the most chilled of our Tongariro Adventures! What better way to relax than to be at one with nature on the spectacularly beautiful Kuratau River. Paddle this navigable pristine river, surrounded by bush & birdsong.

    $40 - $80 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Fish Taupo

    Fish Taupo aboard Stratus with Marty. Stratus is designed for fishing and cruising in comfort. All quality gear supplied. Go with the local professional who owns the boat and has your interest at heart. Price is for the whole boat, not per person.

    $125
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun - Rafting New Zealand

    Splash, crash, swim & laugh, this trip is all about having fun, while traveling through the beautiful lower reaches of the Tongariro River. A great journey for families with young children, our more senior of citizens & non English speaking visitors.

    $89 - $139 Book now
  • Mountain biking

    Taupo Kayaking Adventures Bike & Kayak Combo Tours

    Why not combine your mountain biking and kayaking trip into one fun adventure packed day? Enjoy the stunning scenery Great Lake Taupo and its surrounding area has on offer on both land and water.

    $120 - $510 Book now
  • 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
  • Bungy

    The Big Splash

    The Big Splash is about being wet in the summer and cool in the winter, by doing a wicked combination of bungy jumping and rafting. With two locally owned and operated companies, we offer an action-packed day, that's on the wild side.

    $270 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Sail Barbary - eco sailing Lake Taupo

    Explore Lake Taupō on an eco-friendly scenic cruise with Sail Barbary. Enjoy stunning views as you set sail to explore the Māori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Book and enjoy a must-do experience on New Zealand's only commercial electric sail boat.

    $49 - $59 Book now
  • Boat cruises

    Western Bays Scenic Escapade – Waihora 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, and towering cliffs . This is an amazing way to explore great Lake Taupo.

    $480 - $580 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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