Great Lake Taupo Rainy Day Activities
Raining while you’re in the Great Lake Taupo region? Don’t let the soggy weather get you down, there are still plenty of activities you can tick off your to-do list despite the rain.
Hot pools. Head to AC Baths, DeBretts Taupo Hot Springs or Wairakei Terraces for paid hot pools, or Tokaanu Pools near Turangi. If you’re on a budget check out the free ‘hot spots’ at Spa Park and Lake Terrace. Nothing like a bit of rain to make sitting in natural New Zealand geothermal hot pools feel even more intrepid.
Experience Maori culture at its best. Wairakei Terraces offers a much smaller, intimate and authentic experience - none of those big buses, touristy stuff that you get elsewhere. This is a perfect activity for all the family. Participate in a traditional welcome, enjoy a guided tour of a Maori village naturally lit up at night, featuring carvers, weavers and tattooists displaying the ancient arts of Maori. Dig in to a traditional ground cooked meal (hangi) and enjoy a concert of song, dance and haka. Intense, powerful and emotional.
Rock climbing. AC Baths has an indoor climbing wall on the outskirts of the Taupo town centre or if you're staying at the southern end of the lake check out Turangi's Extreme Vertical Assault. Take a mate and spend a few hours scaling the 30 different climbing routes.
Huka Honey Hive. This ticks two boxes, rainy day and free - not to mention one of the coolest Taupo activities for kids. Check out the bees in their glass hives and sample the delicious honey.
Go to the movies. Our locally owned Starlight Cinema Centre has just been refurbished and a number of screens now have active 3D. Definitely worth a squiz. Give them a call on 07 378 7515 for session times.
Lava Glass. One of the coolest Taupo cafes (just out of town), this place also has glass-blowing demonstrations and incredible glass pieces for sale. Maybe not the best present to put in your backpack, but incredible all the same and they'll help you with posting home.
Huka Prawn Park. Try your hand at prawn fishing or explore the park. The fishing is outdoors but there are some great shade umbrellas to hang out under while you’re waiting for a bite.
Lake cruises. Some of the boats are fully covered and operate cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings rain or shine. Check with the i-SITE to see who’s operating when.
White Water World Taupo. The world’s only 4D rafting simulator, this is definitely worth a go if you’re thinking about rafting. And if you decide to do the real thing while you’re there they can book it for you too.
Rafting. If you’re thinking of white water rafting Turangi why not do it when it’s raining? You’re going to get wet anyway. They’ll pick you up from Taupo and take you down to Turangi. There you’ll be handed a paddle, surge over Grade three rapids and conquer the mighty Tongariro River.
Taupo Quad Adventures. This is one thing that is definitely more fun in the rain. The more mud, the better. Don’t worry, they’ll provide you with wet weather clothes so you won’t go home looking too bad.
Taupo Museum. Just behind the library, the museum is worth a look on a rainy day. With some historic collections featuring local artists and Maori history, you might even learn something.
Taupo Bungy. Take the plunge in the rain, you’ll get wet anyway. Taupo Bungy operates in most weather, so there’s no excuse!
Mind Junction. Located just out of town, all sorts of interactive puzzles and activities are on offer here. Check out their maze and the Flight Simulator, and relax in the café with a coffee.
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