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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

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  • Location: Taupo, New Zealand
  • Duration:  Varies
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 four adrenaline-charged adventures (packaged in three combo options) allows you to do the activities that interest you.! Brace yourself for a jet-boat ride on the Waikato River to the spectacular Huka Falls; soar over the Warakei Geothermal Fields by helicopter; take a scenic catamaran cruise on Lake Taupo; or go whitewater rafting on the Tongariro River. With all equipment provided and knowledgeable guides included, you’ll discover why New Zealand is the world’s adventure capital.

Highlights

  • North Island adventure combo in Taupo
  • Choose from four exciting activities in three different combinations
  • Speed down the Waikato River on a 30-minute, action-packed, jet-boat ride
  • Soar over the Wairakei Geothermal Fields on a 12-minute helicopter ride
  • Feel your heart race on a 2-hour whitewater rafting tour on the Tongariro River
  • Take a 1.5-hour Lake Taupo catamaran cruise to secluded bays and see ancient Maori rock carvings

What You Can Expect

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

Helicopter flight over Taupo

No matter which combo you choose for your fun-filled, multi-thrill experience of the North Island’s natural spoils, rest assured you will have the time of your life. With knowledgeable, friendly and professional guides, you’ll see all angles of Taupo, approximately 50 miles (80 km) south of Rotorua

Combo 1: Helicopter flight and jet-boat ride
Your Taupo adventure begins as you soar into the sky on a 12-minute scenic helicopter flight. You’ll fly over the Wairakei Geothermal Fields, with stunning bird’s-eye views of the Craters of the Moon, the Maori rock carvings and Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most popular natural attraction. Back on the ground; hit the water on a 30-minute jet-boat ride on the Waikato River to Huka Falls, zipping past cliffs and trees at 50 mph (80 kmph). Spin out on 360-degree turns and have river-level views of the mighty Huka Falls as they thunder into the river.

Combo 2: Scenic cruise, helicopter flight and jet-boat ride
If you choose this combo, you’ll begin your day with a 1.5-hour scenic cruise on Lake Taupo, passing tranquil bays surrounded by the soaring peaks of Tongariro National Park. The cruise takes you to see Maori rock carvings, and morning coffee is served on board the catamaran.

Returning to Taupo Marina, swap the water for the air on your 12-minute helicopter flight, detailed in Combo 1, above. Then head back to the water for your 30-minute jet-boat ride, also described above.

Combo 3: Jet-boat ride and whitewater rafting
With this option, your experience begins with the jet-boat ride. Then brave the Tongariro River by whitewater raft! Enjoy a 2-hour rafting experience that combines the heart-pumping action of more than 60 rapids with plenty of calm water where you can sit back and take in the splendid scenery and wildlife.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Amazing experience, would definitely recommend to anyone.
We did the rafting at the end of May, and even though it was cold we were fine. We had wet suits and thermals and I didn't jump into the water so I was dry. Plus the exercise itself keeps you warm. They also provided us with hot chocolate midway through the trip - so lovely to drift along the river and sip hot chocolate. We were also taken to a hot pool afterwards and were provided with soup when we returned to base. So don't get put off by cold weather - the river itself apparently doesn't vary much in temperature throughout the year! Great for beginners and kids, and even my partner whose done rafting before had a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This was a fantastic way to spend an afternoon in Taupo. The jet boat was a lot of fun. We did get soaking wet but that was the best bit. In fact we loved it so much we went a second time! I would recommend going in Summer rather than Winter as the water is icy cold.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

A great way to get your action kicks in the adventure capital of Taupo! We did the Jet Boat Whitewater Rafting combo and both were so much fun by themselves and even better together! Be prepared to get wet!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Just amazing! We went on the jet boat ride in the morning and took to the waves at top speed - a real blast! The highlight for my wife and me, though, was the rafting in the afternoon. The team were just faultless... friendly, informative, safety-conscious and funny. We enjoyed amazing weather, lively rapids and loads of laughs, and the team were fantastic. This combo is a great way to experience the best of the Lake Taupo region's thrills and spills, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Absolutely the best my wife and I really enjoyed the Jet Boat and Helicopter Flight a must do if you go to lake Taupo it was a first for both of us and we are in our 60's

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

The tour was great, however by booking this combo through Viator, you are not booked into all activities!! We were disappointed when we arrived at our whitewater rafting to discover they did not have a booking for us! The Tongariro River Rafting staff were absolutely amazing!! We had a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

We had an amazing time, heaps of fun and the guides were great :)

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Our trip was amazing, the people were very friendly, Taupo is so beautiful we were very disappointed we couldn't hire a tinny to go fishing we had to hire a charter boat that cost us $150 per hour, lots of places to eat although most were extremly expencive, the jet boat an rafting wa incredibl

4 star rating: Recommended June 2014

Excellent day in Taupo starting with a 2 hour cruise over the lake. This could have been organised a bit better but overall a beautiful cruise. Followed by a helicopter ride over the lake and down to Huka Falls - AMAZING! They did an awesome job with the jet boating, would highly recommend them in the furture!

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