Great Lake Taupo Kayaking

Kayak tours are a great way to experience Lake Taupo. Get in a kayak with a mate and make your way across Lake Taupo around Rangitira Point to the impressive 14-metre high Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay, which is only accessible by water.

You will have plenty of time to view the Maori Rock Carvings up close and personal, take loads of photos, have a swim and learn about the history of the Maori Rock Carvings, how they were carved and their cultural significance to Taupo. This is one of the most popular activity for visitors to Taupo so make sure you contact one of the many kayak providers in town. Most of them will provide you coffee and tea and interesting commentary. 

Another popular kayak trip in Taupo is along the mightly Waikato River, one of Taupo's best kept secrets. Perfect for families or for those looking for a leisure cruise, this trip allows you to take in the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the crystal clear Waikato River.

Begin your river journey just minutes from the centre of town, and finish at Reid's Farm just 900 metres from the inspiring Huka Falls. Along the way you will pass various islands and swimming spots, drift by the drop zone of Taupo Bungy, and hopefully see some jumpers! Stop by Otumuheke Steam in Spa Park for a soak in the free natural hot pools before finishing 4km downstream. A perfect day!

  • Canoe and Kayak Taupo - Kayak the Waikato River

    Explore the crystal clear waters of New Zealand's longest river, the Mighty Waikato, on a 2 hour guided trip. This tour runs daily and is perfect for the whole family.

    • Price $59 - $59
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Kayaking – Fresh Water Kayaking Taupo Rainy Days Water Sports
  • Canoe and Kayak Taupo: Twilight on the Lake Tour

    End your day on the crystal clear waters of Great Lake Taupo on our fully guided Twilight on the Lake tour. Glide across New Zealand’s largest lake while taking in the spectacular views of the sun setting beyond the mountains.

    • Price $79 - $79
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Kayaking – Fresh Water Kayaking
  • Kayak Wai Maori

    Lake & Stream Self Guided Kayaking: Kayak down the clear spring-fed Tokaanu Stream out into Southern Lake Taupo. Return via Tokaanu canal and alongside boiling mud and steaming hot pools for a 4 hour circuit. Also 1-1.5 hr stream kayak available.

    • Price $35 - $49
    • Location Tokaanu
    • Activity Kayaking – Fresh Water Maori Culture Turangi Family Activities Turangi Water Activities
  • Taupo Kayaking Adventures The Squeeze

    Kayak down the Waikato River past the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park where you can see gushing geysers, silica terraces and boiling mud pools from your kayak.

    • Price $210 - $210
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Kayaking – Fresh Water Volcanic/Geothermal
  • Taupo Kayaking Adventures Waikato River Float

    Cruise down the slow moving gentle waters of the Waikato River, New Zealand’s longest river, past un-spoilt beauty, stunning cliff faces and native forest. A great leisure activity suitable for families.

    • Price $40 - $60
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Kayaking – Fresh Water
  • Kuratau Kayaks

    Come kayaking in our beautiful Lake Taupo and the lower reaches of the Kuratau River.

    • Activity Family Family Kayaking – Fresh Water Kayaking Turangi Family Activities Turangi Water Activities Turangi Water Sports Water Sports
  • 2 Mile Bay Sailing & Watersports Centre

    Great location right over the lake with a licensed cafe on site. In fact the cafe sits over the water itself.

    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Boat Cruises Kayaking – Fresh Water Water Sports Water skiing & wakeboarding
  • Taupo Kayaking Adventures Full Day Tour

    If you're looking for a longer day experience kayaking on the water, this is the trip for you. Allow approximately 6 hours (4 - 5 hours on the water).

    • Price $240 - $240
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Kayaking – Fresh Water

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