The 12 Adventures of a Taupo Christmas

'Tis with a dash of festive cheer I bring to you my top twelve adventures of a Taupo Christmas.....

On the first day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

1. Parasailing on Lake Taupo

Picture yourself aboard a sturdy boat, strapped into your harness, the boat accelerated and you are liftly gently skyward and leisurely towed across the lake front, you can take in all the beautiful views south the piping mountains of Tongariro and Ruapehu and east to the noble Mount Tauhara carefull watching over the township.

On the second day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

2. Jet-boating

Choose to ride the mightly Waikato to Huka Falls, coast the rapids of Aratiatia, or cruise to nearby thermal wonderland, jet boating is a crisp clean fun adventure of speed and adrenalin.

On the third day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

3. Skydiving

Skydive


What better way to take in the Central Plateau but with a plunge from 12,000 or 15,000 feet, a short ride to altitude, the door opens and whoosh, another adventure ticked off your bucket list!

On the fourth day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

4. Bungy Jumping

Another plunge this time above the picturesque Waikato River, absorb the smell of the bush and the twinkle of the water before throwing yourself off the platform into the fresh air beyond, upscale your adrenalin shot with a dip in the river waters.

On the fifth day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

5. Thermal Hotpools

You can't visit Taupo without seeing the beautiful, serene Orakei Korako Thermal Area, steaming vents and bubbling mudpools surrounded by native bush, this is iconic New Zealand.

On the sixth day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

6. Active Volcanoes

Take a guided walk to the the World Heritage Area of Tongariro National Park to see the currently erupting Mountt Tongariro emit it's clouds of steam, the snow capped crater lake of Mount Ruapheu and Mount Ngauruhoe- featured in Lord of The Rings as Mount Doom. This area is also home to New Zealand's most popular one day hike - the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

On the seventh day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

7. White Water Rafting

Family Rafting


You can choose the level of adventure you require on the Tongariro River, choose the family float trip or the more exhilarating grade three rapids, you'll love the peace and relaxtion of the river with the odd hold-onto-to-your-paddles thrills and the cooling waters on our hot summer days.

On the eighth day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

8. Mountain Biking 

Rent a bike or bring your own and take advantage of our custom built tracks and trails. A full team of bike experts have created a veritable feast of meandering bends, challenging uphills and fast turning downhill runs either amongst the tall pines or under the summer sun, there is a track to suit everyone here from kids to experts.

On the ninth day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

9. Quad Biking

Need more power than the pedal can provide? Get yourself and engine and an adventure to boot, ride the mud, the water... the wilderness! All seated comfortably atop your 4 wheeled quad bike, minimum effort- maximum adventure.

On the tenth day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

10. Horse Riding

Horse Riding


Thinking of another type of four legged friend, then mount a horse for your latest adventure, catering for all abilities and available for half/full days, get closer to nature to one of our friendly neddys!

On the eleventh day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

11. Kayaking

Contemporary Maori art in the middle of the lake? Yes, we have it all, start in the quiet burb of Acacia Bay and paddle around beautiful bays and inlets only accessible via kayak, then onto the iconic carvings themselves, over 10m high.

On the twelveth day of Christmas Great Lake Taupo offered me.....

12. Relaxation

After all that adventure, you are going to be tired and hungry. Take advantage of our exceptional selection of restaurants, bars, cafes - we even have a vineyard. And relax in our beloved hot pools, a great way to service aching limbs.

Have a very Merry Christmas travellers and come see us soon.

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