Family and Kids' Activities

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

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.


Riverside Market

Head down to the Riverside Markets, held every Saturday's from 10am until 1pm.

Here you'll find a fabulous variety of stalls from fresh produce, handmade crafts & plants to name a few.

Don't worry about packing lunch, theres plenty of tasty food stalls that cater to your tastebuds, with a big emphasis on healthy & organic morsels.

If you feel like a coffee fix or a cold drink, you'll discover a couple of beverage carts to quench your thirst.


Sail Barbary

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.

Sail Barbary has been locally owned and operated since 1983, and offers Taupo water activities the Kiwi way. You can look out over sparking bays or stormy waters from the comfort of your bean-bag style seating, swim in the crystal clear waters, and have perfect photo opportunities of the 14-meter high Maori Rock Carvings.


Opepe Historic Reserve

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.

Opepe Reserve makes the ideal location for birdwatching as many native species to New Zealand inhabit the area. Stand next to a variety of mighty native trees at dominate the ever-green reserve.

Two tracks are available:

Loop Track - This takes about one hour and takes you around a loop of native trees and plaques with scientific descriptions


Big Sky Parasailing

If you’re looking for a unique Lake Taupo experience at incredible heights, we recommend Big Sky Parasailing.

Big Sky Parasail offers you a breath-taking bird's eye view of Lake Taupo & the region at 400 & 800 ft. You’ll be surprised at how peaceful and quiet it is up there.

Bookings can be made at accommodation reception or by calling 0800 7 BIG SKY (244 4759)



Taupo BikeHire
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
Huka Prawn Park
Wairakei Terraces
Volcanic Activity Centre
Rapids Sensation
Rock’n Ropes
Lilliput Farm
Skiing at Mt Ruapehu !
Taupo Mini Golf
Big Sky Parasailing
Opepe Historic Reserve
Sail Barbary
Riverside Market
Lake Taupo Hole In One Challenge
Chris Jolly Outdoors