Taupo is set on the edge of a stunning lake. It is located close to the Central Plateau which offers the best skiing terrain in the North Island for winter and amazing walks in the summer (such as the world acclaimed Tongariro Crossing). Taupo offers a vast array of ‘land based’ activities for visitors while out on the water, Lake Taupo has earned a reputation for world class trout fishing and the nearby town of Turangi has the largest natural trout fishery in the world.
Taupo is recognised for it’s outdoor sports ranging from fishing to jet-boating. The vast waters of Lake Taupo, a volcanic caldera, drain into the dramatic crystal-blue Huka Falls which are reachable by hiking and biking trails. Surrounding Taupo are hot springs like those filling the Craters of the Moon reserve.
Discover and book activities in Taupo . . .
Lake cruises and kayaking:
Enjoy a breathtaking cruise on the lake or hire a kayak and explore the secluded coves and beaches of Lake Taupo. Visit the intricate Maori Rock carvings at Mine Bay which are only accessible by water.
You can catch a rainbow or brown trout on Lake Taupo with a fishing charter. You can join others or charter a boat exclusively for yourself with a local trout fishing professional. Alternatively, go fly-fishing with a local guide on the nearby Tongariro River.
Fish for trout from a purpose built kayak and enjoy the serenity and magnetism of beautiful Lake Taupo.
Discover ancient rainforests with a walk in the Whirinaki and Pureora Forest Parks or explore the rugged Kaimanawa Forest Park.
Experience the ultimate adrenalin rush with a Tanden Skydiving jump from 15,000 ft and 60 seconds of freefall above stunning Lake Taupo.
Tongariro River Rafting:
Enjoy a half day rafting journey on the Tongariro River. With grade 3 rapids (over 60 of them) combined with the natural beauty of this river, this is one of the best rafting experiences in the North Island.
Hukafalls Jet boat:
Enjoy a thrilling and unique 30 minute jet boat adventure on a beautiful stretch of river with native bush and sheer rock cliff faces, before arriving at the awe inspiring Huka Falls.
Experience taking off and landing on water with this amazing scenic flight adventure. Different flight journeys are available including the world heritage Tongariro National Park and its snow capped volcanoes , Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Customised flight tours can also be arranged.
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