Bespoke Experiences

Great Lake Taupo’s premium and bespoke activity service providers are consistently rated among the world’s best. From golfing to scenic flights to charter fishing boats, there's an activity for all.


Play the internationally renowned Wairakei International Golf + Sanctuary, or experience a true links course at The Kinloch Club – ranked as New Zealand’s number one course in the country (PGA). Other golf courses worth exploring are Turangi Golf Club, Taupo Golf Club (home to two 18-hole courses) and Wairakei Resort’s 9-hole course.

Scenic flight

There is no better way to view the majesty of Great Lake Taupo than from the air. Get a birds’ eye view of the great lake, Huka Falls, and the Tongariro National Park and snow-capped volcanoes of Mount Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro from helicopter, or for a unique experience, take off in a floatplane.

Private fishing charter

Lake Taupo is renowned for its year-round trout fishing. Take a half day cruise and relax on the deck of one of the lake’s many charter boat operators as you explore remote bush-lined bays, the Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings and take in the majestic views of Mount Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Catch a trout and then enjoy it fresh, cooked on the BBQ or sashimi style.

Guided Fly Fishing Adventure

Fly fishing the rivers and lakes of the Great Lake Taupo region is world-renowned, and Tongariro River is classed as one of the best fly-fishing rivers in the world, with both rainbow and brown trout frequenting these waters. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to experience something new, or a more experienced angler wishing to access remarkable wilderness fishing, you will find expert guides that will provide you with a fishing experience you’ll never forget.

Maori Culture & Cuisine

Take a spectacular 45-minute 4wd experience into a wilderness like no other. A day at Tamau Pa on the beautiful tribal lands of the Tuwharetoa iwi, promises an unforgettable and unique cultural, food and wilderness experience. Learn about the local flora and fauna, the region’s significance to Ngati Tuwharetoa kaitiaki (caretakers), and enjoy a culinary experience and journey into the history of Maori kai (food). This is a unique Maori cultural experience, and an authentic traditional culinary pleasure.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Voted as the best one day trek in New Zealand and considered by many as one of the top 10 day treks in the world. The diverse and dramatic scenery and unique land forms are spectacular! Autumn is the perfect time to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing as the crowds have diminished and the weather more settled.

Get behind the wheel of a racecar

Experience the thrill of racing a single-seater or V8 race car at the Taupo Motorsport Park. You’ll be taken for familiarisation laps to learn the lines of the track, then it’s all up to you! This is the perfect gift for those who have always dreamt of a real racing experience.

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