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Outdoor Activities in Taupo

By Viator, August 2015

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New Zealand is world renowned as the capital of adventure activities and the central Taupo region is one of its most action-loving destinations. Whether you fancy getting soaked, taking to the skies or keeping your feet firmly on solid ground, here’s a rundown of the outdoor activities on offer in Taupo.

On the water
With the enormous Lake Taupo at its heart, it’s no surprise that water activities are abundant in Taupo. Boating, kayaking, parasailing, wakeboarding and trout fishing are all popular lake activities, or else head to the Huka Falls or nearby Aratiatia Rapids for an high octane jet boating or white water rafting experience.

In the air
Taupo’s hair-raising selection of airborne activities are not for the faint-hearted, but if you want to get your heart racing there’s plenty to challenge even the bravest travelers. Test your nerve on New Zealand’s highest water touch bungee jump; try skydiving, paragliding or hot air ballooning; or enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over the lake.

On the ground
The Taupo region has some of the country’s best hiking and mountain biking trails, including heli-hiking and heli-biking for more adventurous trekkers. Horse riding, quad biking and rock climbing are also options in the countryside surrounding the lake, or head just south of Lake Taupo to tackle the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of the country’s most famous day hikes.

Tours & Tickets

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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride from Taupo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Hold on tight during an exciting 30-minute jet-boat ride on the Waikato River! Spinning and speeding your way to Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 30 minutes

From USD $74.72

Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride, Helicopter Flight, Scenic Cruise and Whitewater Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Take this action-packed challenge in Taupo that will have you experiencing the best of the North Island’s great outdoors from the water and sky! A choice of ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $135.80

Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo

Nobody cruises further than the Cruise Cat. Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings and around the picturesque bays of Lake Taupo. A full commentary is given on ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.59

Tongariro White Water Rafting from Taupo and Turangi

The Tongariro White Water is regarded as NZ's best half day white water rafting adventure. You will raft over 50 exciting rapids, through a beautiful volcanic ...  Read more

Location: Turangi, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.81

White Water Rafting Tour with Optional Adventure Packages

Combine an unmissable white water adventure with another adventure activity and save while you're visiting Lake Taupo. Choose from a bungy jump, mountain ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.71

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