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Family Activities

The North Island of New Zealand is a fantastic playground for family fun activities, as generations of Kiwis will enthusiastically attest. Lake Taupo has long been a favourite spot for the quintessial Kiwi 'bach' (holiday home), and it is a popular holiday destination year after year.

The team at Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort is dedicated to helping you make the most of your holiday in Lake Taupo and the surrounding areas. Below you will find information about some of the best family holiday activities in the area. We are also centrally located in the North Island, and the best base for day trips to surrounding regions.

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Rapids Jet provides thrilling jet boat rides up the Aratiatia Rapids, action packed with 360s, nose dives, wave surfing, and close shaves with trees and canyons.


Take an enchanting walking through native flora and fauna. Located only 15 kms from Lake Taupo in the direction of Hawkes Bay on State-Highway 5.

Winter Tongariro alpine crossing

Experience New Zealand’s rugged and beautiful landscape on the world-renowned Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks. Be guided by the best with Adrift Guided Outdoor Adventures.

A relaxing day on the Sail Barbary Scenic Cruise

What better way to explore Lake Taupo than aboard a beautifully restored, historic electric yacht? If you’re looking for an awesome activity in Taupo, join the locals on an eco-friendly boutique cruise with Sail Barbary.

Taupo Activities - NZ Riverjet 'Thermal Safari'

Choose from two exhilarating trips up the stunning Waikato River - the 'Thermal Safari' or 'The Squeeze' for those more adventurous!

Taupo Activities - The Kinloch Club lone tree

The Kinloch Club is NZ’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, and with fantastic drainage it offers year round golfing.


Here you'll find a fabulous variety of stalls from fresh produce, handmade crafts & plants to name a few. Great time out with friends & family!

Taupo Activities - Hukafalls Jet heads for the willows

Hukafalls Jet offers the best water level view of Huka Falls - one of NZ's most visited natural attractions. The stunning 30min ride is unforgettable Taupo experience.

Taupo Activities - Ernest Kemp Cruises

With trips departing twice daily, the Ernest Kemp vintage steamboat is a great way to see the Maori Rock Carvings and get out onto Lake Taupo.

Taupo Activities - Chris Jolly Outdoors Cruise Cat

Chris Jolly Outdoors offers a range of outdoor adventures around Lake Taupo. Hunting, hiking, fishing, biking or just cruising the lake... take your pick!

Taupo Activities - Lake Fun Water Sports

With well over 20 years’ experience, the team at Lake Fun will give you the most memorable experience water activity on the majestic Lake Taupo.

Pack a picnic and enjoy hours of entertainment prawn fishing, hand feeding baby prawns, trout feeding, and touring the nursery and hatchery at Huka Prawn Park.

Taupo Activities - Taupo Bungy flying high

Taupo Bungy offers one of the most popular North Island jumps. Take the 47m plunge solo or tandem, or try the new Cliff Hanger giant swing.

Wairakei Terraces Maori Experience

Wairakei Terraces offers an authentic taste of Maori culture, learn all about the skills, arts and crafts of early maori settlers.

Taupo Activities - Volcanic Activity Centre

The Volcanic Activity Centre is a fun, hands-on and educational way to learn all about the Central Plateau and the earth's volcanic forces.

Taupo Activities - Taupo Quad Adventures girls on the go

Ride the 4x4s over purpose built terrain trails that wind through the fern-clad native bush of the Taupo Volcanic Zone – an unforgettable off-road experience.

Action World Taupo Battle

Put your acrobatic skills to the test at Action World, test with your dare devil skill with a range of activities like the tight rope, trapeze, jungle swing and jousting at this adventure park

Taupo Activities - Taupo Mini Golf 15th Hole

Taupo Mini Golf is located on the lakefront, and offers some of the best views of Lake Taupo and the Tongariro Mountains beyond. This is a tidy and challenging 18 hole course suitable for the whole family.

Taupo Float Plane

There is nothing quite like taking off and landing on the water, Taupo’s Floatplane offers a range of scenic flights over various points of interest around Taupo and National Park region.

Tongariro River Rafting Group

'White Water Rafting' trip down the grade three Tongariro River, a 'Gentle Family Float' down the lower Tongariro River or a customised multi day rafting trip there is something for all ages and abilities.

Rapids Sensation Lake Taupo

Rapids Sensation are a one stop adventure shop with kayaking, mountain biking and rafting trips on offer.

Taupo Activities - Helisika Hunting & Fishing Charters

See the breathtaking wilderness that is the Lake Taupo region as you've never seen it before with Helisika Hunting & Fishing Charters.

White Water World is the world's first 4D rafting adventure. Take a virtual ride down NZ's most scenic rivers, plunge off waterfalls and feel the rush from running the rapids

Rafting New Zealand

For extreme white water and an adrenaline rush there is the Wairoa River tour or for a more relaxed beginner experience suitable for families and seniors the Tongariro River is the perfect solution.

Taupo Horse Trek

Taupo Horse Treks is ideal for everyone if you haven’t ridden for a while, are a complete novice, looking for something different to try or have child that is interested in horses

Taupo Activities - Lilliput Farm Thomas and friends

This is a must-do if you have small children. With pony rides, a play hut, swings and baby animals, everyone will leave with a smile on their face.

Mind Junction, Taupo

Mind Junction is an excellent family fun activity with a range of different activities including a giant maze, minigolf, a variety of simulators and much more.