Taupo, Family Activities

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rafting New Zealand - Mohaka Family Fun

    The Wilderness Mohaka Family Fun adventure is one the entire family can enjoy and an awesome introduction to the thrill of River Rafting. A half day adventure – spend 2 hours on the river, rafting through gentle rapids and beautiful scenery. Swim or drift through the pools & hear the legends of the area told to you by your professional “Kiwi” river guide while enjoying on river snacks.

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  • Ages 3+

    Tongariro River Rafting

    Gentle Family Floats - this leisurely 1½ hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro brings the magic alive for first time rafters and especially children. You still get to paddle and there are some small rapids to navigate but nothing too wet or wild. Minimum age: 3 years
    For a little more adrenalin pumping white water action, you can check out their 1/2 day Tongariro River Journey. Minimum age: 10-12 years* conditions apply.

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  • Ernest Kemp Cruises

    Join us and cruise one of the worlds largest freshwater Volcanic craters, Lake Taupo. The carvings are only accessible by boat, have your camera ready we will get you the closest! Informative and interesting commentary. Suitable for all weather cruising, the Ernest Kemp has seating inside and out. Complimentary tea or coffee. Family pass includes 2 adults and up to 4 children.

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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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  • 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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  • Sail Fearless Maori Rock Carving Tours

    Come on board Fearless for simply the best sailing experience on Great Lake Taupo. 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 hand.

    The pirate-themed Sail Fearless has got to be the not-so-buried treasure of Great Lake Taupo . 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.

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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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  • Whitewater World Virtual River Adventure HQ

    White Water World presents the world's first 6D rafting adventure...Take a virtual ride down NZ's most scenic rivers, plunge off waterfalls and feel the rush from running the rapids - all from the comfort of your special effects chair. This is a "must do" experience that virtually everyone can enjoy! Great family and combo deals.

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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.