3 Days in Great Lake Taupo for Families

A suggested three-day itinerary of what to do in Taupo with the kids.

Day 1

Morning - allow 2 hours

Huka Prawn Park

Huka Prawn Park - Karetoto Rd, Wairakei Park, Taupo  
One favourite Taupo family activity is the home of “Shawn the Prawn”
 Experience New Zealand’s only Prawn Park! “Shawn’s Walk” features a guided Hatchery Tour and an introduction to ‘Hook-A-Prawn’ Fishing. Try out Shawn’s Water Gauntlet and the Prawn Bikes, feed the trout and enjoy a foot soak in the geothermal foot bath. Finish off your experience with a treat of New Zealand Prawns in the riverside restaurant.

Afternoon - allow 2 hours

Hukafalls Jet - Karetoto Road, Wairakei Park, Taupo (next to Huka Prawn Park)
Wonder what one of the best Taupo tourist attractions is? Well just feel the exhilaration and the power of a Hukafalls Jet boat ride! For Taupo sightseeing marvel at the incredible water level views of the spectacular Huka Falls, and enjoy the sensation as you slide past cliffs and trees at 80km per hour. The awesome performance of the boats will put your heart in your mouth when your driver spins your Huka Jet through 360° in its own length at high speed.

For younger children who can’t jet boat, go into Taupo and take a ride on the Lions Train located in the Tongariro North Domain. This is next to the wonderful playground especially suited to younger children.

Afternoon - allow 2 hours return

Huka Falls Walk

Spa Park to Huka Falls Walk
Park at either Spa Park or Huka Falls and walk the return path between the two. Please don't leave any valuables in the car. There is a great playground, flying fox and agility course at Spa Park, sure to keep the children amused.  


Mind Junction - State Highway 5, Taupo-Rotorua Highway
A great place to spend a few hours – try the maze, the flight, golf and target shooting simulators, mini golf, model trains and more. With an on-site café and puzzle shop. Entry is free, just pay per activity.

Day 2

Morning - allow 2 hours

Tongariro National Trout Centre - State Highway One, Turangi
The Tongariro National Trout Centre is a great place for kids. There’s a small but highly interactive gallery detailing the history of trout fishing in Taupo, an underwater viewing area featuring native species and of course some big eels, and a Children’s Fishing Pond where trout can be fed. The children’s pond is open for fishing several times a year, go onto the Trout Centre website to check out the dates. Bookings are essential for these days.

Afternoon - allow 2 hours

White water rafting

Tongariro River Rafting Family Float  - Atirau Road, Turangi
This leisurely 1½ hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro brings the magic alive for first time rafters and especially children. You still get to paddle and there are some small rapids to navigate but nothing too wet or wild. Suitable for children from 3 years of age.

Late afternoon - allow 2 hours

Tokaanu Thermal Pools - Mangaroa Street, Tokaanu
Located a short drive from Turangi, these thermal pools are a slice of real kiwiana and great for a soak after a busy day. Situated right next door is a short walk through boiling mudpools as well.

Day 3

Craters of the Moon

Morning - allow up to 3 hours

Craters of the Moon Mountain Biking - Huka Falls Road, Wairakei Park, Taupo
Hire mountain bikes and cruise around the many tracks in the Craters of the Moon mountain bike park. Rapids Sensations hire bikes and all the gear. Located a short drive from Turangi, these Taupo thermal pools are a slice of real kiwiana and great for a soak after a busy day. Situated right next door is a short walk through boiling mudpools as well.


Taupo Horse Treks - Karapiti Road, Wairakei Park, Taupo
Enjoy a 1 or 2 hour ride through the forest around the Craters of the Moon. All gear supplied, suitable from age 4 upwards.

Afternoon - allow 1 hour

Huka Honey Hive - Karetoto Road, Wairakei Park, Taupo
Unique honeybee experience. Free sampling of NZ honey products.  If the bees make it, we’ve got it. Live beehives, displays, and a bee video show. The café features honey ice creams.

Afternoon - allow up to 2 hours

Volcanic Activity Centre

Volcanic Activity Centre - Karetoto Road, Wairakei Park, Taupo
The hottest place in town… Earthquake simulator, interactive displays and continuous audio visual presentation. 

Late afternoon - allow 2 hours

AC Baths - AC Bath Avenue, Taupo
With two indoor hydroslides, and indoor and outdoor water play areas, plus training pools, there are plenty of options for the whole family.

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