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Activities In And Near Taupo

Kinloch, located 20 kilometres from Taupo, offers more adrenaline-pumping activities such as a Rapids Jet ride up to the Huka Falls, tandem skydiving, bungy jumping, cliff jumping, and hiking over Mt Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Mt Ruapehu is home to two of New Zealand’s largest ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa, which are known for having some of the most beautiful natural skiing and snowboarding terrain in the country. White water rafting on the Tongariro River is also available in Taupo. Many activities are available for children, including white water rafting on the Tongariro River.

The Great Lake Trails are an all-season volcanic journey that skirts the rim of New Zealand’s largest lake. They are part of the Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail network and one of New Zealand’s Great Rides. To reach the top of the trail, you will travel through native forest, wetlands, past waterfalls, and then down into deep gorges. From there, you can see the marina, beautiful beaches, and delicious food at the cafe and general store, as well as enjoy stunning views of the snowy volcano peaks.

A breathtaking geothermal attraction located between Taupo and Rotorua. The geothermal park is reached via a one-of-a-kind boat ride. The geothermal field is located at Lake Ohakuri on the Waikato River. With its ever-changing scenery, the valley is a stunning natural wonder.

The Tongariro Alpine Pass

tongariro alpine pass

Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the most spectacular one-day hike in New Zealand. The Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage Park and is a year-round tourist destination. You will appreciate all the region has to offer when you view the volcanic craters, deep lakes, snow-fed rivers and bush-clad ridges from the air, or you can see it from your own car as you drive around the park. You can learn about the shuttle options at Tongariro or find out how to get there with your car at Ketetahi carpark.

The stunning Taupo lakeside setting is surrounded by native birds, rolling hills, and mountains.

Huka Falls

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Huka Falls

Enjoy a beautiful walk along the Waikato River banks to Huka Falls, one of New Zealand’s most popular natural attractions. It is a short walk that the entire family can complete in an hour and a quarter.

Our walk will begin at Spa Park, where you can cool off in the natural hot springs at the start or end of the walk. The path continues along the riverbank until it arrives at the magnificent Huka Falls. The scenery is breathtaking along the way.

You can either return to the same track or walk another 2 hours to Aratiatia Rapids. Thousands of litres of water flow from the Aratiatia Dam, creating a spectacular flow of water through narrow canyons.

If you do not want to walk back to Spa Park, pick-ups from Huka Falls and Aratiatia Rapids can be arranged.

The Great Lakes Trail

The Great Lake Trail is a shared biking and walking trail that is part of the Nga Haerenga NZ Cycle Trail. It travels through Lake Taupo’s western bays before descending to lake level. This provides breathtaking views of Lake Taupo and the mountains beyond, as well as stunning cliffs, natural bush, and beautiful waterfalls.

The Great Lake Trail is divided into three sections: the W2K section, which runs from Whakaipo to Kinloch and is 22.5 kilometres long. The headland loop is also included. The Orakau and K2K trails make up the 19.5km Kawakawa section. Both the Waihaha and Waihora sections are 30 kilometres long.

You can walk one or all of these sections in a single day or over several days. Because this is not a loop trek, we will arrange all transportation and logistics for you.

To learn more about these tracks, follow the link below. It will direct you to the Mountain Biking page, which contains additional information.

Thermal Park Orakei Korako

Thermal Park Orakei Korako
Thermal Park Orakei Korako

You will be hiking through one of New Zealand’s most beautiful thermal areas. The 90-minute hike will take you past geysers and rainbow-colored lakes.

Taupo is no exception to the fact that Kiwis excel at adrenaline. These adventures will fill your holiday with both terror and joy.

Bungy Jumping in Taupo

You can jump 47 metres from a cliffside platform into the Waikato River. You can also take a ride on an extreme swing, which will send you crashing across the river at speeds of up to 70 km/h.

Jet skiing

Jetboat rides on the Waikato River are an exciting way to quench your thirst for speed. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can cruise all the way to the base of Huka Falls.

Scuba Diving

If you’ve always wanted to skydive, Taupo is the place to do it. You will never forget the spectacular view from Taupo.

Maori Rock Carvings in Mine Bay

Take a scenic steamboat ride around Lake Taupo and see the Maori rock carvings. Discover their significance in Maori culture.

Volcanic Zones

Taupo is one of New Zealand’s most active volcanic areas. This has provided us with breathtaking scenery and the magnificent Lake Taupo.

The Turangi Volcanic Centre is a hands-on, interactive educational facility that makes learning about the earth’s volcanic forces enjoyable and simple for all.

We are closely monitoring the volcano’s activity and there is nothing to be concerned about. It’s only necessary to know where you are. The NZ GeoNet website has the most up-to-date information on our volcanoes’ activity levels.