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Family and Kids' Activities

Information about some of the fantastic family and kids holiday activities in Taupo region. 

Taupo Mini Golf

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.

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Skiing at Mt Ruapehu !

Experience New Zealand's TWO largest ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa, unique ski fields in New Zealand!

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Lilliput Farm

This is a must-do if you have small children. 

Lilliput is a piece of NZ farmland with more than 25 different species of animals and birds. Wander over ten acres of farmland feeding and patting deer, rabbits, miniature horses, pigs and wallabies.  With pony rides, a play hut, swings and baby animals, everyone will leave with a smile on their face. 

There are lots of great spots for a picnic, so feel free to take your time and make a day of it.

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Rock’n Ropes

There is a tremendous sense of personal achievement, confidence and camaraderie with this type of activity.

If you are not sure of your fitness levels or your fear of heights, anyone from the age of 7 can take part at Rock’‘n Ropes, their half day package is the most popular with a progression of six exhilarating high ropes course activities. Rock’n Ropes is suitable for individuals, couples and groups.

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Rapids Sensation

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

Their two signature kayaking trips are to the Maori Rock Carvings and down the Waikato River both have stunning scenery and are good half day activities.

The rafting trips are grade two which are ideal for families and beginners.

Rapids Sensations are based near Huka Falls and the best mountain bike tracks in town with half and whole day hire options available.

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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.

Feed your mind with interactive activities that demonstrate past and present volcanic and geothermal features.

The Taupo Volcanic Zone covers nearly 20,000km and is thought to be one of the most active volcanic and geothermal areas in the world.

This is a wonderful, inexpensive activity for families and learners of all ages.

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Wairakei Terraces

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

The day time tour includes a visit of the traditional village and geothermal areas.

The night time cultural experience includes a Powhiri (traditional welcome), guided tour, hangi and dance and music performance.

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Huka Prawn Park

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.

Children love playing on the aqua trike, pedal boats, stand up paddle boards, water bikes and the gauntlet.  You can even soak your feet in the geothermal foot baths along the edge of the Waikato river. Take your prawns home, or have them cooked for free in the restaurant.

The park is open every day.

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Chris Jolly Outdoors

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

With four fully equipped launches, Chris Jolly Outdoors provides everything from daily scenic and brunch cruises to the Maori Rock Carvings, to private fishing charters and even weddings afloat. 

They also create packages for customised guided hiking, fly-fishing, hunting and wilderness experiences.

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Lake Taupo Hole In One Challenge

This fun activity has become a Taupo icon!  Whether you're just there to watch or take a swing yourself, the Taupo Hole in One Challenge is not to be missed. 

You'll attempt to hit golf balls onto an 8m x 12m floating pontoon in the lake, receiving a free ball each time you hit the pontoon.  Use the golfing equipment provided or feel free to bring your own lucky clubs.  There are three holes to go for and fantastic prizes if you hit the jackpot.

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Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park
New Zealand Riverjet
Ernest Kemp Cruises
Huka Falls River Cruise
Huka Honey Hive
Taupo's Floatplane
Hukafalls Jet
Rafting New Zealand
Wairakei Natural Thermal Valley
Adrift Outdoor Guided Adventures
Big Sky Parasailing
Opepe Historic Reserve
Sail Barbary
Riverside Market
Lake Taupo Hole In One Challenge
Chris Jolly Outdoors
Huka Prawn Park
Wairakei Terraces
Volcanic Activity Centre
Rapids Sensation
Rock’n Ropes
Lilliput Farm
Skiing at Mt Ruapehu !
Taupo Mini Golf