Taupo activities school holiday family fun

Kids' Activities

A fresh lake to jump into, ducks and black swans to feed bread, the coolest warm water playground to splash around in, an icecream truck with bells on along the lakefront, what more can a child on holiday need? Throw in unique geothermal features, kayak rides, a BMX and skateboard park, mini-golf, go-karts, mountain bike tracks, and you have all the unique ingredients of the unforgettable Kiwi school holiday.

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!

Kids of all ages will enjoy watching the bees hard at work in their glass viewing hives and in the learning centre you’ll learn how and why the queen rules. Sample a myriad of yummy New Zealand made honey products including raw honey, jams, syrup, mead and loads of skin care and wellness products. Try the home made honey ice cream and fudge at their café.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Rapids Sensation Lake Taupo

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

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.