Taupo has a wide variety of tours designed to get the most out of your time and your budget. Tours cater for all ages, abilities and interests with many centred around magnificent Lake Taupo and the land that surrounds it. Taupo is world famous for both its fly fishing and lake fishing with rainbow and brown trout caught on both lures and flies. There are some excellent guided fly fishing tours in the area that will take you to some of the best fishing spots. Local knowledge is the key to ensuring a prize catch and the scenery is not too bad either.
Fishing charters will take you trolling out on the lake for trout from just a few hours to a full day. These charters will also take you past some of Taupo’s scenic highlights including the Maori carvings and beautiful Acacia Bay. Visit the Tongariro Trout Centre at the southern end of the lake to find out more about these interesting aquatic creatures on an informative tour. Take a guided kayak trip down the crystal clear waters of the Waikato River at a leisurely pace while you admire the views along the river banks. Jump aboard the Huka falls river cruise for a close up view of the amazing Huka Falls or take a ride in the jet boat for an adrenalin rush.
Guided mountain bike tours will take you through the steamy trails of the Craters of the moon and Horse treks travel through beautiful countryside and forest covered trails. Taupo has a good choice of attractions and activities of all different sorts and types. Visit a working glass blowing studio, relax with a hot thermal swim or call in and see the Prawn farm, Honey hive or NZ woodcraft. Taupo is also a great town to base yourself in if you are visiting the Tongariro National Park as it has a wide range of excellent holiday lodgings. There are two major ski fields on Mount Ruapehu with Whakapapa and Turoa providing everything you would expect in a New Zealand ski holiday.
Avid trampers will not want to miss a tour of the Tongariro Crossing. It is recognised as one of the top tramps in New Zealand and well worth the effort. Taupo tours pick up and drop off from most Taupo accommodation and can range from day tours to overnight adventures. Take a ride on the double decker bus to discover Taupo’s highlights or discover the geothermal wonders of Orakei Korako or Waitapu Geothermal Wonderland on a guided tour. Rotorua is only an hour’s drive from Taupo enabling you to spend the day there for a tour and return to Taupo for the night.