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Things to Do in Taupo

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Taupo and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Taupo activities? We have 16 tour ideas.


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Adrenaline & Extreme

Tandem Skydive in Taupo from 12,000 Feet

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 206.74


Experience jumping out of a plane at 12,000 feet (3.6 km) on a tandem skydive. This unforgettable experience in the sky takes place with a skydive instructor; you'll jump together from an aircraft and into a 45-second free-fall over one of the world's most stunning drop zones, surrounded by snowcapped peaks and the blue waters of Lake Taupo. Then slow to a 124-mph (200-kph) descent to a safe,... Read More

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Adrenaline & Extreme

Tandem Skydive in Taupo from 15,000 Feet

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 266.02


Experience jumping out of a plane at 15,000 feet (4.6 km) on a tandem skydive. This unforgettable experience in the sky takes place with a skydive instructor; you'll jump together from an aircraft and into a 60-second free-fall over one of the world's most stunning drop-zones, surrounded by snowcapped peaks and the blue waters of Lake Taupo. Then slow to a 124-mph (200-kph) descent to a safe, controlled canopy... Read More

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Adrenaline & Extreme

12000ft Tandem Skydiving in Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 206.74


Skydive from 12,000ft above stunning Lake Taupo, New Zealand's original drop zone! Take in spectacular views of the Tongariro National Park and the Central Plateau. With free local Hummer pickups, free Rotorua pickups, free USBs, internet uploads and the most camera options in New Zealand, a skydive with us is unforgettable.

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Adrenaline & Extreme

15000ft Tandem Skydiving in Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 266.02


Skydive from 15,000ft above stunning Lake Taupo! Take in spectacular coast to coast views of the Tongariro National Park and the Central Plateau. With free local Hummer pickups, free Rotorua pickups, free USBs, and the most camera options in New Zealand, a skydive with us is unforgettable.

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Day Cruises

Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 34.09


<strong>Daily Scenic Cruises – Maori Rock Carvings</strong>Our daily departing Scenic Cruises leave from the Taupo Boat Harbour on the Cruise Cat. You'll enjoy cruising in comfort and style aboard a launch with fabulous views from both the top and bottom decks.  It is fully enclosed, and there are large outdoor decks to enjoy close up views of the Maori Rock Carvings.  Children are... Read More

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Day Trips

Self-Guided Geothermal Tour in Orakei Korako

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 26.68


Join this completely self-guided tour for an extraordinary geothermal experience!<br />A unique natural geothermal attraction, situated between Rotorua and Taupo. View up close, geysers, mud pools, hot springs, silica terraces, New Zealand's natural bush and a very rare thermal cave. Said to be 'Arguably the Best Thermal in New Zealand'. <br /><br />The attraction is a self guided walk of 2.5kms and takes... Read More

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Family Friendly Tours & Activities

Interactive Prawn Park with Prawn Fishing in Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 21.86


Enjoy a small group, guided tour of the nursery and hatchery at Huka Prawn Park learning about how a tropical breed of prawns are farmed in a subtropical environment. You can hand-feed baby prawns and you'll be given a demonstration on how to catch prawns.<br /> <br /> You'll then enjoy all-day access to the prawn fishing park where you can catch as many prawns as you can. Anything you catch is yours... Read More

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Helicopter Tours

Taupo Adventure Combo Tour including Scenic Helicopter Flight

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 228.97


Choose among two Taupo adventure combos for a multi-thrill experience in the North Island, taking your action-packed challenge to the water or the sky. You'll have the time of your life with each adrenaline-charged experience. 

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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride from Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 92.62


Hold on tight on an exciting 30-minute jet-boat ride on the Waikato River! Spinning and speeding your way to Huka Falls, New Zealand's most spectacular falls, see the country's beauty rapidly unfold as you zip past rugged cliffs and native bush.

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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride and Whitewater Rafting

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 162.28


Take this action-packed challenge in Taupo that will have you experiencing the best of the North Island's great outdoors from the water! Brace yourself for a jet-boat ride on the Waikato River to the spectacular Huka Falls combined with whitewater rafting on the Tongariro River. With all equipment... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Carvings from Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 73.36


Glide your kayak over Lake Taupo's crystal clear waters as you paddle to the awe-inspiring Maori Rock Carvings on this 4-hour guided tour. <br /> Soak in the view across the Lake to 3 live volcano's while you hear the history of the carvings, various Maori legends and facts of the local area from your guide before enjoying rock jumps and a swim in Australasia's largest freshwater Lake. A must-do while in... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

2-Hour Waikato River Guided Kayak Trip from Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 43.72


One of Taupo's best kept secrets, the sheer beauty and tranquility found on the crystal clear waters of the Waikato River will take your breath away on this 2-hour small group guided kayaking tour. Begin your kayaking journey at the source of New Zealand's largest river and drift past various islands, nature reserves, swimming spots, the drop zone of the Taupo Bungy before soaking in the Natural Hot Pools.

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Sailing Trips

Great Lake Taupo Maori Rock Carvings Sail Trip

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 21.49


'Be Fearless'Come on board<strong> Fearless </strong>for simply the best sailing experience on Great Lake Taup’. This is the more intimate cruise option to the famous Maori Rock carvings, with sleek lines and a maximum of only 18 passengers. Guests can relax on beanbags and snuggle under blankets, or give the crew a... Read More

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Sailing Trips

Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Trip in Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 29.64


One of Lake Taupo's best sailing experiences to the iconic Maori Rock Carvings since 1983! This all-year-round activity offers relaxation, fun and adventure on the water, the Kiwi way. Get right up close to this 22 foot (10m) high rock art on an eco-friendly sailing yacht on Great Lake Taupo.

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Taupo Self-Guided Audio Tour

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 19.99


Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour.<br />Enjoy the action packed city of Taupo on this self-guided audio tour of the city. You will see how the stunning lake city of Taupo has gently transformed by taking you on a journey which will highlight its geothermal history and the massive lake on which it sits where water based and adrenaline... Read More

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White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting Tour with Optional Adventure Packages

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 151.90


Combine an unmissable white water adventure with another adventure activity and save while you're visiting Lake Taupo. Choose from a bungee jump, mountain biking, a scenic float plane flight or a tandem skydive package. Make the most of your visit by experiencing the best.

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