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Outdoor Adventures in Taupo

By Viator, June 2018

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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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Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride from Taupo, Taupo, null
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Hukafalls Jet Boat Ride from Taupo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

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

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

From USD $86.92
Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo, Taupo, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Maori Rock Carving Cruise from Taupo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Daily Scenic Cruises – Maori Rock Carvings Our daily departing Scenic Cruises leave from the Taupo Boat Harbour on the Cruise Cat. You’ll enjoy cruising in ...  Read more

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

From USD $30.99
Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo, Taupo, Day Cruises
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Half-Day Kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings in Lake Taupo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Explore Lake Taupo as you kayak to the Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. You will start your half day tour from the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay before ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.38
Tongariro White Water Rafting from Taupo and Turangi, Tongariro National Park, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Tongariro White Water Rafting from Taupo and Turangi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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

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

From USD $100.39
Waikato River Jet Boat Ride, Taupo, White Water Rafting
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Waikato River Jet Boat Ride

Enjoy a 35 minute Jet Boat ride on the Waikato River. The high-speed ride is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. Shoot through canyons, spin on crystal ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 35 minutes (approx.)

From USD $86.92
Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Trip in Taupo, Taupo, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Trip in Taupo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 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 $29.65
Lake Taupo 15,000-Foot Tandem Skydiving, Taupo, Sailing Trips
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Lake Taupo 15,000-Foot Tandem Skydiving

Skydive from 15,000ft above stunning Lake Taupo! Take in spectacular coast to coast views of the Tongariro National Park and the Central Plateau. With free ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $241.89
Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride and Whitewater Rafting, Taupo, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Taupo Adventure Combo: Jet Boat Ride and Whitewater Rafting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 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! Brace yourself for a ...  Read more

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

From USD $147.56
Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Tour, Taupo, Jet Boats & Speed Boats
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Maori Rock Carvings Sailing Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

The pirate-themed  Sail Fearless  has got to be the not-so-buried treasure of Great Lake Taupō . With a heart of gold and extensive knowledge of New ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hrs

From USD $19.54
Tandem Skydive in Taupo from 15,000 Feet, Taupo, Sailing Trips
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Tandem Skydive in Taupo from 15,000 Feet

Your journey as a star starts with a limousine pick up at your accommodation in Taupo. As you arrive at the drop zone, the star treatment continues from our ...  Read more

Location: Taupo, New Zealand
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

From USD $241.89

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