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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 27 tour ideas.


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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Stand Up Paddle Board Hire - Lake Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 4 to 8 hrs
Priced From: USD 36.72


Want the ultimate freedom’’<br /> Get yourself out on the beautiful crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo in the most unique way possible - On a Stand Up Paddle Board. Taking the Lake by SUP means you can get to those secret spots that boats can't and experience with the best of Taupo's scenery and wildlife without the crowds.<br /> You cannot get any closer to the Extraordinary Maori Rock Carvings then on a SUP!!

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Adrenaline & Extreme

Tandem Skydive in Taupo from 12,000 Feet

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 209.06


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 269.01


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 209.06


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 269.01


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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Adrenaline & Extreme

9000ft Tandem Skydiving in Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 149.12


Skydive from 9,000ft 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. This is a limited time jump, only available at 12.50pm each day. Please note only Selfie Cam... Read More

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City Tours

Great Lake Trail Lake Taupo 2-Day Mountain Biking Tour

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 172.35


Western Bay Scenic 2 Day Mountain Biking Tour<br /><br />Ride the Great Lake Trail on this 2-day Grade 3 mountain biking tour, a perfect way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Great Lake Taupo region. You will be biking the 19.5 km Kawakawa section (Orakau &amp; K2K)... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Twilight on the Lake tour - Lake Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 59.20


End your day on the crystal clear waters of Great Lake Taupo on our fully guided Twilight on the Lake tour. Glide across<br /> New Zealand's Largest Lake while taking in the spectacular views of the sun setting beyond the mountains.

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Cultural Tours

Go Explore Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 6 to 8 hrs
Priced From: USD 221.05


An all-inclusive full day (Approx 7 hours) guided tour of the breathtaking Lake Taupo region.<br /><br />If you have one day in Taupo this is a must, join us as we explore the must do's and top activities of Lake Taupo. <br />Taken by your local guide you will experience a tour showcasing the best of the Taupo region complete with amazing sights, good food and great activities.<br /><br... Read More

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Cultural Tours

Maori Cultural Cruise experience

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 41.21


Let TAURIKURA spoil you with an amazing experience on Lake Taupo.As you cruise in complete comfort to the famous Maori Rock Carvings you will enjoy an interactive performance of traditional Maori songs and Kapa Haka.  Whilst taking in the spectacular scenery, the group will share the rich history of the Tuwharetoa region.A great trip for everyone.  Highlights... Read More

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Day Cruises

Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes
Priced From: USD 34.47


<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 26.98


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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Helicopter Tours

Taupo Adventure Combo Tour including Scenic Helicopter Flight

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 239.79


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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Helicopter Tours

Taupo Helicopter Scenic Flight

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 10 minutes
Priced From: USD 295.99


HIGHLIGHTS:<br />• Including views of the World Heritage National Park to Mt Tarawera<br />• Wairakei Geothermal&nbsp;<br />• Craters of the Moon<br />• Huka Falls<br />• Maori rock carvings<br />• 30-minute flight<br /><br /><strong> Flight duration is approximately 30 minutes</strong>

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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride from Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 96.66


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: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 164.10


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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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

Rapids Jet NZ’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 35 minutes
Priced From: USD 89.92


Set in the beautiful Aratiatia Scenic Reserve is New Zealand's best white water Jet Boat ride. Rapids jet boat the biggest rapids for commercial Jet Boating in New Zealand and make it look easy. Shoot through narrow<br />canyons, be exhilarated by the spin on crystal clear waters, spot trout and surf the foaming tail of the awesome Nga Awapurua Rapids.<br />Jet Boat to the base of the Aratiatia Rapids, New... Read More

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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

H2OHH White Water Rafting and Jet Boat Combo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 164.10


<b>H2-Ohhh COMBO Raft + Jet Boat</b><br /><b>Lake Taupo's most exciting White Water adventure! <br /></b><br />Dash to the base of the spectacular Huka Falls on-board a twin engine V6 jet boat. Play in the tail of the mighty Huka Falls and slide past cliffs and trees at an amazing 80km/hr. Then get ready for Hukafalls Jet's trademark 360 degree spins, leaving you with a beaming... 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 74.18


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 44.21


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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Kayaking & Canoeing

Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 74.93


Explore Lake Taupo as you kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. You will start your half day tour from the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay before paddling out on the lake below native bush, past steep cliffs and mini inlets that can only harbor a kayak. <br /><br... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Kayak the Waikato River Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 44.96


Waikato River Float<br /><br />Cruise lazily down the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river, on this gentle kayak tour. The tour starts near the control bridge in town and meanders down the slow moving crytal clear waters of the Waikato River. Kayak past stunning cliff faces, lush native forests, islands, river wildlife and swimming holes. You will kayak under Taupo Bungy's platform where hopefully... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Great Lake Taupo Mountain Bike and Kayak Package

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 269.76


Maori Rock Carvings Package<br /><br />Our Great Lake Taupo Mountain Bike and Kayak Package is without a doubt the best way to experience the spectacular scenery by bike from the Great Lake Trail, and view the amazing Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay by water. You will meet us at our base in Acacia Bay, where we will load your bike then set off by road to Kinloch to ride the W2K (Kinloch to... Read More

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Kid Friendly Tours & Activities

Interactive Prawn Park with Prawn Fishing in Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 22.11


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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Sailing Trips

Great Lake Taupo Maori Rock Carvings Sail Trip

Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs
Priced From: USD 21.73


'Be Fearless'<br />The pirate-themed <strong>Sail Fearless</strong> has got to be the not-so-buried treasure of Great Lake Taup’ . With a heart of gold and extensive knowledge of the region, lake and notoriously quick-tempered weather of New Zealand it is no wonder Fearless (David) has won so many awards for his affordable cruises.So come on... 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 36.72


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: 1 to 3 hrs
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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