Active Adventures

Whether your family like an action packed break or just some time together to get back to basics, there is something for everyone in Great Lake Taupo this autumn.

Huka Prawn Park

Fish for prawns at Huka Prawn Park

On the banks of the beautiful Waikato River, just minutes from Taupo, you will find the unique family playground of Huka Prawn Park. Highlights include taking a tour of the prawn farm - it's just long enough to get all the info you need but short enough that the kids didn’t lose interest. After learning some tips, you can try your hand at prawn fishing and catch yourself some lunch. If they're not biting, you can always dine at the Riverside Restaurant overlooking the Waikato River. Find out more about Huka Prawn Park here.

Huka Falls River Cruise

Cruise on the Waikato River with Huka Falls River Cruise

Huka Falls River Cruise is a gentle way to explore the Waikato River. You can experience awesome views of Huka Falls (New Zealand's highest volume waterfall) from this purpose built riverboat, with comfortable inside seating, large rear deck and front viewing platform. No need to worry about travel sickness here! The cruise operates in all weathers and offers complimentary hot beverages. Find out more Huka Falls River Cruise here.

Tongariro Trout Centre

Feeding the trout at the Tongariro National Trout Centre

The Tongariro Trout Centre is a fun way to learn about the history of fishing and how the Taupo fishery is managed. There are over 20 species of both native and introduced fish and crustacea to see, each with their own unique place in New Zealand’s freshwater environment. You can feed the trout in the kid's pond, a large crystal clear pond filled with hungry trout.

Take a nature walk along the banks of the mighty Tongariro River and enjoy a picnic. You might see an angler catch a wild trout, enjoy the native bush and spot tui and kereru. You can also see the endangered whio ducklings in the Whio Forever Project. In coordination with the Department of Conservation the centre houses a whio ducklings to help them strengthen and prepare for the wild. Find out more about Tongariro Trout Centre here.

Hot pools

Hot pool fun at Taupo DeBretts

There's nothing more fun than zipping through a hydro slide into gloriously warm water. Here in Great Lake Taupo you have the added benefit of the water being naturally thermally heated.

The AC Baths features a tarzan swing, bombing zone, inflatables during school holidays and weekends and two hydro slides. Parents can relax in the thermally heated waters and grab a coffee from the poolside cafe. Find out more about the AC Baths here.

Taupo DeBretts has a special children's pool, where the little ones can play, jump, and dunk their head under water. The pools also features a giant dragon slide and two curved racing slides! Adults can relax in the various hot thermal pools. Find out more about Taupo DeBretts here.

Rock climbing wall

The Edge Indoor Rock Climbing Wall, Taupo

The Rockwall is an all-weather, adventure climbing wall for all ages and abilities. The wall is 12-metres high with numerous routes to suit beginners to advanced climbers. There friendly instructors will show you how it is done and give you expert tips and encouragement. With so many routes to choose from, you can stay an hour or all day! Find out more about the Edge Rock Climbing Wall here.


Bike riding along the Great Lake Walkway, Taupo

Hire a bike or bring your own and take advantage of the many awesome bike trails in Great Lake Taupo.

The Great Lake Walkway is bike riding at its most basic level — even tots with training wheels can cope with this ride. The fairly flat track has plenty of stop off points for breaks, coffee and ice-cream, swims and photo opportunities. Find out more about the Great Lake Walkway here.

Craters Mountain Bike Park is a purpose-built mountain bike park located only a short distance from the Taupo township, with trails ranging from children’s entry level to technical cross country. Find out more about the Craters Mountain Bike Park here.

The Tongariro River Trail is a scenic looped ride along both sides of the Tongariro River in Turangi. The Tongariro River Trail is a gentle ride suitable for families wanting to spend a pleasant few hours together. Find out more about the Tongariro River Trail here.

Walk the lakefront and feed the ducks

Nothing beats a walk along the lakefront in Taupo. Bring along a picnic or stop at one of the lakeside cafes. Make sure to bring some leftovers for the ducks and swans! 


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