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.read more
Children must be minimum 1metre tall to participate. Child and family rates available.
- Web: kidzgo.everythingnewzealand.com/jet-boat-hukafalls-jet-taupo-1006/
- Location: 200 Karetoto Road, Wairakei Tourist Park, Lake Taupo, New Zealand
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!read more
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.
- Web: kidzgo.everythingnewzealand.com/bungy-47m-water-touch-taupo-1102/
- Location: Taupo Bungy site, 202 Spa Road, Taupo
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
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
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.read more
- Web: kidzgo.everythingnewzealand.com/swing-43m-taupo-cliffhanger-taupo-1103/
- Location: Taupo Swing 44m, 202 Spa Road, Taupo
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.read more
- Web: kidzgo.everythingnewzealand.com/scenic-plane-flights-mountain-air-tongariro-national-park-1167/
- Location: Flights depart Chateau Airport, intersection of the turn-off to Whakapapa Ski Area and State Highway 47
Rafting - Lower Tongariro River Family Floats
The Lower Tongariro River Family Floats are located only 45 minutes drive from Taupo.
The name of this popular attraction describes the activity perfectly – an enjoyable day floating along the Lower Tongariro River. Every member of the family will love the serenity of floating along the magical tumbling waters of the Lower part of Tongariro River. This 100% Kiwi owned and operated company have been on Tongariro since 1987; their friendly staff are highly trained professionals, so you can feel at peace with your family on board, allowing you to just enjoy the scenic beauty of the New Zealand landscape.
The trip itself lasts for a good hour and a half, and throughout that time you'll experience the magical atmosphere of the marvellous 'river meets woodland' scenery. The ride will allow you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere without riding large rapids; although you still have the option to paddle and there are some small, fun rapids (but nothing wild).
All equipment is provided, and this activity is available all year round. All children over 3 years are welcome aboard.
- Web: kidzgo.everythingnewzealand.com/rafting-lower-tongariro-river-family-floats-taupo-1067/#
- Location: Tongariro Rafting Base, Atirau rd, Turangi
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.
- Web: kidzgo.everythingnewzealand.com/parasailing-big-sky-taupo-1113/
- Location: Big Sky Parasailing, next to the 'Hole In One' golf challenge on Taupo lakefront
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.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/pub/supplier.aspx?a=KIDZGO&b=CHRIF9
- Location: Boat Harbour, Ferry Road/Redoubt Street, Taupo
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.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/pub/supplier.aspx?a=KIDZGO&b=CANOEA
- Location: 54 Spa Rd, Taupo
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.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?13070-2155691
- Location: Turangi, Tongariro, Ruapehu, National Park, Taupo
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.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/pub/supplier.aspx?a=KIDZGO&b=RAPIDC
- Phone: 07 374 8066
- Location: Nga Awa Purua Rd, off Rapids Rd Aratiatia, Taupo
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.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?feac4-2155666
- Location: Redoubt Street, Boat Harbour, Taupo
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.read more
Adult and child prices available for Wanganui adventures from one to five days.
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?38f55-2441213
- Location: SH 4, Owhango, Ruapehu
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!read more
- Phone: 07 376 0350
- Location: Off Spa Road, AC Baths Avenue, Taupo
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.read more
- Phone: 07 377 3600
- Location: Taupo Events Centre
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.read more
- Phone: 0800 244 508
- Location: Karetoto Road, Taupo
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.read more
- 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.read more
- Phone: 07 374 8553
- Location: 65 Karetoto Road, Wairakei Park
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.read more
- Phone: 07 377 6404
- Location: 1475 State Highway 1, Maroa, Taupo
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.read more
- Phone: 07 378 2114
- Location: 136 Link Road, Lake Taupo
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.read more
- Phone: 07 386 6409
- Location: 95 Atirau Road, Turangi
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.read more
- 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.read more
- Phone: 07 377 1086
- Location: 11 Northcroft Street, Taupo