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  • Hukafalls Jet

    Huka Falls is New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction, and its easy to realise why when you see these falls for yourself. Impressive in their volume and mesmerisingly majestic to watch. This 1/2 hour experience with Hukafalls Jet, which is the only jet boat company operating on this section section of the Waikato River and permitted to take you right up to the base of Huka Falls; will have you jet boating past native bush, sheer rock walls and natural hot springs. Combined with their trademark 360° spins, your family with all these thrills, fun and excitement, will be calling out for more! Hukafalls Jet is most definitely a 'must-do family' activity when visiting Taupo.
    Children must be minimum 1metre tall to participate.  Child and family rates available.

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  • Ages 10+

    Taupo Bungy Jump

    Taupo Bungy has over 28 years’ experience and over 400, 000 jumps under its belt and the friendly folk at Taupo are bungy specialists – particularly when it comes to water touches - Taupo Bungy have the highest water touch in New Zealand, at 47 metres! Whether you want to bungy solo or tandem, with a hand touch or a full submersion, you will be treated to the very best of care and safety.  As you stand on the edge of the unique, cliff top platform you will be able to witness the spectacular view of the Waikato River below – that is, if you can work up the courage to look down!
    By the time you are gently rebounded at the bottom of your jump, your terror has turned into total exhilaration, which will keep you on a high for hours – if not days – afterwards. Minimum age 10 years.

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  • Ages 10+

    Rafting New Zealand – Tongariro White Water

    Ride rapids through an awesomely beautiful and untouched natural volcanic gorge. A unique blend of fun, excitement, adrenaline, education and culture is what you’ll receive with ou... read more

  • Ages 3+

    Rafting New Zealand – Tongariro Family Fun

    New Zealand’s best family river rafting adventure happens just a few minutes outside of Turangi on the lower reaches of the Tongariro River – world famous for its pristine water,... read more

  • Ages 10+

    Taupo Swing

    The 43m Taupo Swing is a formidable challenge ~ do you have what it takes?

    The atmosphere from the top of the Swing is a totally surreal experience, leaving you breathless – not from just the fear of what you are about to undertake, but also the scenic beauty that surrounds you.
    When you strap yourself in, you'll notice that you’re not actually on a swing at all; instead, you have the comfort and security of a full body harness. If you’re really ready to have a mind blowing adventure, then try the completely upside down swing (not for the faint of heart).
    As you fly straight down, you'll get within five metres of the water surface, before you are propelled straight back up towards the sky.

    Minimum age 10, minimum weight 30kg.

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  • Tongariro National Park Scenic Flight

    Experience the thrill of flying over some of New Zealand’s most spectacular terrain with a scenic flight over the World Heritage Site of Tongariro National Park. This amazing Volcanic Park is so precious, that it was the second area in the world (after Yellowstone in America) to be declared a National Park.

    Tongariro Crossing - 15 minutes flying time
    As you soar around Mt Tongariro's volcanic craters, you will see the renowned Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the perfect cone of Mt Ngauruhoe (‘Mt Doom’ in the Lord of the Rings), the stunning Chateau Tongariro Resort and gorgeous alpine lakes.

    Northern Circuit - 25 minutes flying time
    The Northern Circuit allows you to view an extended version of the Tongariro Crossing flight.

    The Volcanic Explorer - 35 minutes flying time
    This flight is Mountain Air’s most requested flight. Experience the majestic views of all three of Tongariro Park’s volcanoes from 10,000 feet. This flight also includes views of the active crater lake of Mt Ruapehu, as well as Lord of the Rings filming sites.

    Child rates for 3-12 year olds.  Under 3s are FREE.

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  • Ages 3+

    Rafting - Lower Tongariro River Family Floats

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  • Ages 5+

    Parasailing - Big Sky

    Enjoy the thrill of soaring 400 or 800 feet above beautiful Lake Taupo (the choice of height is yours), attached to the back deck of Big Sky’s purpose built nine metre winch boat. Departures are made hourly from the lakefront, and your take-off and landing will be from the back deck of the boat, meaning you can stay completely dry if you choose to, or experience a refreshing foot dip.

    You will be amazed at the unbelievable beauty of New Zealand’s most beautiful lake – Lake Taupo – from the soaring heights of the parasail. You even have the choice of sharing this gorgeous view with friends or family, as Big Sky offer tandem and triple parasailing as well! In fact, Big Sky parasailing in Lake Taupo is suitable for the whole family – from five years of age upwards – and you don’t need any experience to enjoy this fun and exciting activity.

     

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  • Chris Jolly Outdoors

    Our daily Scenic Cruises have become a must-do for visitors to the Taupo region. Free tea/coffee and hot/homemade muffin included. Colouring-in competition for the kids. Skippers Certificate for the kids. Great family rates. Plus all our launches are fully enclosed so you will stay warm and dry and still get fantastic photo opportunities of the Maori rock carvings and the snow-capped mountains in the World Heritage Tongariro National Park.

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  • Ages 4+

    Canoe and Kayak Taupo

    Explore Taupo's beautiful lakes and rivers by kayak with Taupo's Specialist Kayaking Company - Canoe and Kayak Taupo. Join us on an unforgetable guided kayak tour to the Maori Carvings, float down the scenic Waikato River or try trout fishing while Kayaking. Whatever type of kayaking experience you are interested in... come and see the professional and friendly team at Canoe & Kayak in Taupo!

    Kayak trip to Maori Carvings suitable for children from 12 years.  Waikato River Float suitable for children from 4 years.

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  • Tongariro Expeditions

    Tongariro Expeditions is New Zealand's leading shuttle service and guiding operator for the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.  The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a one day hike taking 6-8 hours over stunning volcanic terrain. The famous sites such as the Red Crater, Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom), the Emerald and Blue Lakes and the new active Te Maari crater promise a memorable experience unique to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.  We are based out of Taupo, Turangi, Tongariro Base Camp and Ketetahi car park in the summer season. We also operate out of Whakapapa and National Park in the winter season.  We offer transport only options during the summer months with the option of a guiding service on request. During Winter months, while snow and ice cover the track, we offer a comprehensive guiding package.

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  • Rapids Jet

    Shoot through a narrow canyon, be exhilarated by spins on crystal clear waters, spot a trout and surf the pressure waves of the awesome Nga AwaPurua rapids. Take time to view the amazing surrounds of Aratiatia Scenic Reserve, and learn about the wildlife and history of the area with your Kiwi owner/drivers Rusty, Jimmy and Gazza. Our 35 minute blast guarantees an adrenaline rush! Since 1993, over 140,000 passengers aged 5-89 years have safely experienced the thrill of real white water jet boating with Rapids Jet.

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  • Taupo's Floatplane

    Floatplane scenic flights are a magical way to experience and gain a true perspective of the stunning Lake Taupo Region, and the sensation of taking off from and landing on the water is a memory you will never forget. Enjoy spectacular scenic flights in a high wing Cessna 206 Floatplane and enjoy unrestricted views looking down on beautiful Lake Taupo and the snow-capped mountains (volcanoes!) of Tongariro National Park.  Put the fun back into adventure with a spectacular arrival after a short flight to a waiting launch or remote beach out on the Great Lake Taupo.

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  • Owhango Adventures

    Owhango Adventures is located in the centre of the Ruapehu Region, based in a small town called Owhango and in the perfect location to take a Whanganui River canoe trip. We provide Whanganui River Canoe Hire for either guided or self-guided trips.
    Adult and child prices available for Wanganui adventures from one to five days.

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  • AC Baths Thermally Heated Swimming Complex

    AC Baths has a huge indoor leisure pool which links to an outdoor leisure pool, so you can swim indoors or outdoors without leaving the warmth of the thermally heated water. There are safe beach areas for the children and an inflatable obstacle course, a Tarzan swing, bombing zone and two hydroslides. After all that fun and exertion, stop at Splashes Café for some refreshment!

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    • Phone: 07 376 0350
    • Location: Off Spa Road, AC Baths Avenue, Taupo
  • Ages 5+

    The Edge - Indoor Climbing Wall

    With 432 square metres of climbing area and thirty different climbing routes, the Rock Wall is an all weather adventure climbing facility for new to experienced climbers. Qualified instructors are always on hand to offer advice and assist with techniques. Birthday party options available too.

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  • Ages 4+

    Rock'n Ropes

    Overcome your fears & get your adrenalin pumping at Rock‘n Ropes, Taupo’s awesome adventure ropes course. Rock‘n Ropes has different adventure options for you to choose from, depending on your nerves and how much time you’ve got. An average degree of unfitness and a genuine fear of heights are quite acceptable. Ask for our family discounts.

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  • The Volcanic Activity Centre

    Create and simulate your own earthquake with a computerised simulator! This hands-on interactive educational centre makes learning about the earth’s volcanic forces easy and fun for all ages. Located in the heart of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the centre brings the past and present volcanic and geothermal features to life with wall displays, live geyser shows, a tornado machine and a cinema. Visit the shop afterwards for souvenirs and their lava lollypops.

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    • Phone: 07 374 8375
    • Location: Cnr Karetoto Road and Huka Falls Road, Wairakei Park, Taupo
  • Huka Honey Hive

    Take a photo of yourself as a bee! There are hands on activities for the family with a ride on Buzzy Bee for the children and a picnic area outside at the Honey Hive. Enjoy free tasting of 100 per cent pure honey, plus safe viewing of live beehives, interactive displays and a bee video show. Have a honey ice cream in the café or browse around the Bees Knees shop which has over 600 bee related items for sale.

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    • Phone: 07 374 8553
    • Location: 65 Karetoto Road, Wairakei Park
  • Ages 12+

    Taupo Quads

    Explore our exciting quad bike trails while winding your way through awesome scenic native bush. Enjoy panoramic views at the lookout where we stop for light refreshments on the 2 and 3 hour trips. These bikes are perfect for all levels and abilities whether you are a novice rider or an expert! They are light, easy to ride and highly recommended for maximum fun! Our native bush trails both suit and test your ability! It is not a farm ride! Trips depart daily and bookings recommended.

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    • Phone: 07 377 6404
    • Location: 1475 State Highway 1, Maroa, Taupo
  • Lilliput Farm

    Wander through ten acres with tree lined lanes to hand feed twenty different species of animals and birds. The children will love meeting and cuddling the baby animals and the play attractions include a space car, pirate ship and time machine. There is plenty of room for a picnic too with a large picnic area, picnic tables and optional BBQ.

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    • Phone: 07 378 2114
    • Location: 136 Link Road, Lake Taupo
  • Ages 7+

    Turangi Paintball

    Turangi Paintball is based just out of Turangi town centre at the southern end of Lake Taupo. We offer fantastic deals to meet everyone’s needs and will be happy to cater to the size of your group and how hard core you want your games to be. The minimum group size is 4 people for individual bookings.  We offer fantastic deals for youth groups and birthday parties, whether you just want a few games of paintball or a fun fueled day.

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  • Tongariro National Trout Centre - Turangi

    This Visitor Centre is the home of an extensive collection of Taupo and freshwater fishing memorabilia. The highlight of your visit will be viewing many of NZ's native fresh water fish. Take a walk through the park, see trout in the underwater viewing chamber, feed trout in the children's Fishing Pond and take your very own 'Riverwalk' beside the famous Tongariro River.

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    • Phone: 07 386 8085
    • Location: 4km south of Turangi on SH1, on the banks of the Tongariro River
  • Taupo Mini Golf

    Come and enjoy Taupo’s only 18 hole Mini Golf course, centrally located on the lake front. Fun for all ages. Get a hole in one on the 18th and receive a free game.   A beautifully maintained Mini Golf course with extensive gardens plus also enjoy the amazing back drop of Lake Taupo and the mountains.  A great activity for birthday parties.

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    • Phone: 07 377 1086
    • Location: 11 Northcroft Street, Taupo
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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.