Outdoor Activities in Taupo

By Viator, December 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.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 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 $149.20

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 $82.10

White Water Rafting Tour with Optional Adventure Packages

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

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

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

From USD $124.93

Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Cruise to the Maori Rock Carvings and around the picturesque bays of Lake Taupo. A full commentary is given on the volcanic history and Maori mythology ...  Read more

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

From USD $31.41

Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Trip in Taupo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.56

Tongariro White Water Rafting from Taupo and Turangi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

The Tongariro white water is regarded as one of New Zealand's best half-day white water rafting adventures. You will raft over 50 exciting rapids, through a ...  Read more

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

From USD $106.37

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