The Top Things to do in Taupo

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Looking for things to do in Taupo, NZ? This popular resort town and NZ holiday destination offering a myriad of activities and attractions all year round. From Taupo you can discover volcanic wonders, embark on all sorts of thrilling adventures and marvel at the natural attractions found all over the volcanic plateau. Go jet boating at Huka Falls for some angry rapids or white water rafting and that come right up to the base of these powerful falls. Taupo is the adventure capital of New Zealand’s North Island and offers some great chances for scenic flights, going skydiving and much more!

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Top 10 Things to do in - Taupo and surrounds

Huka Falls Jet Boating
Orakei Korako Geothermal Park
Jet Boating
Craters of the Moon
Wairakei Terraces
Taupo Bungy
Explore Action World Taupo
Huka Prawn Park

1. Jet boating to Huka Falls

Location:200 Karetoto Rd, Wairakei

One of New Zealand's most visited natural attractions, Huka Falls' sheer power is amazing with over 220,000 litres of water pumped through the 100m-wide opening on the Waikato River before emptying their contents into the waiting maw of Lake Taupo. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the falls, with the best being a high-speed jet boating adventure up to the base of the falls with local operator Huka Falls Jet.

2. Visit Orakei Korako Geothermal Park

Location:Orakei Korako Road, Taupo

The Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park, also known as The Hidden Valley takes the geothermal world of hot springs, mud pools and spouting geysers to a whole other level. Boasting the most active geysers of any park of its kind in New Zealand, Orakei Korako has some of the most diverse colours of any geo-based attraction in the country and is just 25 minutes from Taupo.

3. Go jet boating with Rapids Jet

Location:Rapids Road, Taupo

Moving our eyes toward the water, one of the most consistent sights you'll see when paying a visit to Taupo is jet boats plying their speedy trade across the various waterways that populate the area. While some of these target Huka Falls, local operator Rapids Jet instead aims for hitting the various bumps and spins of a narrow canyon in a northern section of the Waikato River that cuts its way through the lush Aratiatia Scenic Reserve.

4. Explore Craters of the Moon

Location:171 Karapiti Rd, Taupo

This spot should likely be one of the first stops on your itinerary when visiting Taupo as it serves as a great overall introduction to the region and its geothermal sights. It usually takes only around 45 minutes to navigate the main section of boardwalks that wind their way past the various steaming craters and bubbling mud pools contained within. A couple of hours can be allocated if you're wanting to take in the views from the steeper upper lookout.

5. Sail Lake Taupo

Location:Lake Taupo, Taupo

Lake Taupo helps make the Taupo region what it is, so it's only natural that getting out and enjoying its waters is going to be one of the top things to do in the area. Furthermore, sailing is one of the great iconic New Zealand pastimes, and when you combine the two you've got one of the most memorable and peaceful ways to enjoy this massive body of water to the fullest.

6. Go skydiving with Taupo Tandem Skydiving

Location:Taupo Airport (TUO) Anzac Memorial Dr, Wharewaka

The 15,000 feet freefall, skydiving in Taupo€“ takes place above all the spectacular natural scenery of the greater region, and both the dive and the plane ride up provide stunning views all the way out to both coasts on clearer days. This also helps to give skydivers a humbling perspective on just how large Lake Taupo truly is.

7. Relax in the Wairakei Terraces

Location:Wairakei, Taupo

Wairakei Terraces and its geothermal heated waters offer visitors the chance to relax completely. The attraction is quite visually striking to look at, featuring a series of silica terraces filled with naturally mineral-rich waters that have played a large role in Maori healing techniques for centuries.

8. Leap with Taupo Bungy

Location:Spa Road, Taupo

The Taupo Bungy site is in an impressively picturesque spot on a cliff top above the Waikato River, just upstream from Huka Falls. Offering some wonderful views of the water below and the greenery beyond and a thrilling 47-metre drop, bungy jumpers will have the chance to touch the water for a refreshing spin on this popular adventure.

9. Action World Taupo

Location:Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo

The attraction features a variety of adventure activities that cater to a range of skill and ability levels, allowing visitors to cater the level of challenge to suit their personal comfort level. The entire facility is comprised of a range of inflatable adventure platforms, swings, rides and activities of varying difficulties with the chance to glide, climb, battle, slide and jump depending on your choice. In all, the attraction is divided up into eight main individual activities with each offering something different.

10. Visit Huka Prawn Park

Location:Karetoto Road, Wairakei

Huka Prawn Park sits just a few minutes from the Taupo town centre and is a successful enterprise in aquaculture that allows visitors to try their hand at catching prawns themselves before. Guests looking to take part are provided with bait and poles as the facility's staff drop a few pointers and techniques in order to assist in the catch