Local Attractions
There’s also plenty to do off the mountain!

Local Activities

Departing from Taumarunui, in the Ruapehu region, see the breathtaking landscape of the upper reaches of the mighty Whanganui River on our Forgotten World Adventures Jet Boat. Discover natural and human histories, unique to this remote and mysterious part of New Zealand. Leave with unforgettable stories.

The Tongariro's Most Experienced Rafting Operator and recently named by the Lonely Planet as one of New Zealand's top 10 unmissable aquatic adventures. The Tongariro's magic waters provide a fun filled Whitewater rafting adventure (just like a rollercoaster an inflatable one), breath taking scenery and trout filled pools. This is a very special place. Tongariro River Rafting is a 100% Kiwi company owned by local husband and wife team Garth and Leigh Oakden. Garth has been a rafting guide on the Tongariro since 1987 and knows these waters like few others. All our guides are fully trained rafting professionals, our equipment is top quality and the company is 100% compliant with all safe rafting requirements. The Tongariro Whitewater Rafting trip is 2 hours, 13 kilometers and 60 rapids of OARSOME FUN. Warm gear and rafting equipment supplied and after the trip enjoy a deli lunch (hot soup in winter) while you look at your photos. 13years and older. 10-12 year old conditions apply. ADDED VALUE in winter, enjoy a FREE hot soak in the hot pools after your trip!

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0800 10 10 24

Southern Lake Taupo has some of the best mountain bike country in New Zealand. We know trails that ride through ancient beech forests, alongside magnificent trout rivers and past huge volcanoes. We have Bikes for everyone. We run Montari Plus 7.1s complete with Hydraulic Disk brakes. This bike is designed for greater grip and stability, paired with a durable lightweight alloy frame. Ride this bike for a load of fun. The grin plastered on your face? Free of charge. 24 inch Montari JR is a mini version of our off-road Montari adult bike. Equipped with powerful disc brakes, Shimano gears and a Suntour suspension fork, the Montari JR is ready to rip on the trails. 20 inch Avanti Tracker Junior. No Child has ever turned down the chance to ride this bad boy. Rough terrain a mere snack for these monster tyres. Even the Dads ask "do you have a bigger version of that for me!" With options to rent bikes for a full day, half day, or two hours come make the most of what the area has to offer.

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0800 10 10 24

Chateau High Tea

Whakapapa Village

Chateau High Tea marks a decades-old tradition of meeting with friends for champagne, finger sandwiches, delicate sweets and gourmet fresh teas. For a modern twist you can even add a glass of bubbles to further enhance this iconic experience. Relax in the Ruapehu Lounge and be sent back to 1929 when the Chateau Tongariro was first built. Some of the best seats in the house are in front of the floor-to-ceiling arched Ngauruhoe Window, framing the snow-capped Mt Ngauruhoe; or maybe you would prefer to sit in front of the grand fireplace? The High Tea itself includes a sumptuous selection of finger sandwiches, scones, savoury and sweet treats, accompanied by your choice of espresso coffee or the range of gourmet fresh teas. Reservations are highly recommended. Weekend reservations essential.

Hukafalls Jet is the only jet boat company permitted to take you to the base of the mighty Huka Falls. This half hour of thrills, fun and excitement takes you along a beautiful river environment, lined with native bush, sheer rock cliff face and hot water streams. Hold on tight as you'll be travelling in one of our state of the art jet boats at an incredible 80km an hour! Along the way our trademark 360 degree spins will leave you with a beaming smile and a heart pumping with adrenaline. And that's even before reaching the spectacular Huka Falls! From your unique vantage point on the jet boat you will have the best water level view of Huka Falls – New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction.

We’ve been sharing thrills and excitement for over 3 decades and have experienced guides who’ll take you safely through the stunning underworld of Ruakuri Cave. We will take you deep underground on the most unreal subterranean journey that’ll have you begging for more! With the exhilarating Black Abyss and Black Labyrinth tours to choose from, there is something to suit all adventurous spirits. The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. is New Zealand's original black water rafting adventure operator. And it's also the only tour that takes you through the incomparable Ruakuri Cave. Each Waitomo Caves Black Water Rafting expedition includes around 6-12 people guided by experts who will support and encourage you through the whole breath-taking tour. Are you ready to become part of the legend?

TCB is a Full service Ski, Snowboard and Bike shop based in downtown Ohakune. We specialise in custom boot fitting, retailing of Ski & Snowboard equipment plus our store has a full rental department. Weather you need Ski's, Snowboard or Bike equipment TCB has the right gear for you. Outstanding personal service, qualified boot fitters, workshop technicians and most importantly, we have a passion for what we do!

Venture into the Forgotten World and connect with New Zealand’s enriched past. Set off on guided tours ranging from 3 hours to 2 days on Rail Cart and explore the raw beauty of one of the most isolated corners of New Zealand.

Looking for something to do with your friends and family? Look no further, Formula Challenge is bringing karting to Taupo. Our french built 390cc karts have the biggest engine of any recreational kart in the world!! Our awesome karts will get you around our track at exhilarating speeds, allowing you to enjoy the tight twists and turns, as well as have the opportunity to plant your foot on the opening straight. Our track has something for everyone. Got someone a little smaller in the family? No problem, we have specific children's karts available to make sure all the family get to enjoy a day out karting. Two-seater karts are available if you wish to enjoy your karting experience with a junior member beside you. Our viewing area will keep the spectators cheering you on and our onsite cafe can provide all the fuel you need to keep you fed and hydrated for that ultimate laptime.

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+64 7 377 0338

On your visit to us, you will find a tourist and educational facility that has been thoughtfully built among the native trees and rivers, home to native birds, a spring fed stream populated by huge trout protected from fisherman, a man-made, kids fishing pond populated with trout from the hatchery with a world class river renown for the sport of fly fishing bordering one side of the site. Discover the world of freshwater trout. Come and learn about the freshwater habitat of trout and take your Kids Fishing. We have a Kids Pond that is great for catching a trout.

Sail Barbary - eco sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings - 100% emissions free and sustainable. No engine noise or fumes. Our two eco-friendly electric yachts offer the perfect mix of relaxation, fun and adventure. We sail to the culturally significant 14-metre high Maori Rock Carvings on a classic historic yacht. Soak up the sun or roll up your sleeves; you can take the wheel, help hoist the sails or just sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Sail Barbary’s Maori Rock Carvings cruises depart up to four times daily at: 10.30am or 2.00pm plus 5.00pm and 7.30pm in Summer.

Lake Taupo regions most experienced Fly Fishing outfitter (since 1978). The knowledge and expertise of Tongariro Lodge guides is unequalled! Founded by legendary guide Tony Hayes, Tongariro Lodge Guides has catered for the worlds who's who of Fly Fishing. Clients fish over 30 rivers and 4 lakes and access is provided by 4WD, Raft, Helicopter and boat. Enjoy some of the best trout fishing available in the world with the Tongariro providing the best winter Fly Fishing in the country and resident expert guides cater for the complete novice or experienced Angler.

Discover the wonder of Ruakuri Cave. See Glowworms right up close in this magical cave. Marvel at the limestone formations and crystal tapestries in this uniquely sustainable experience. Ruakuri Cave is an experience that must be seen to be believed. Offering a captivating blend of the most compelling subterranean experiences, it will leave you open-mouthed, awe-struck and humbled by the sheer majesty of nature. Begin the tour by journeying down through the spectacular, man-made spiral entrance, marvel at the softly folding shawl-like limestone formations and crystal tapestries while listening to the distant thunder of subterranean waterfalls. If you want to see glowworms up-close and learn about their fascinating life, then this is the tour for you. Photography is permitted in Ruakuri Cave. With clever and innovative design, Ruakuri Cave has full wheelchair and pushchair access and both the cave and its visitor centre is proudly powered by 100% renewable energy.

Snow White Combo

Turangi & Whakapapa

Experience two of the best Taupo & Ruapehu district activities in one awesome Combo. Ride the Brand New Sky Waka Gondola at Whakapapa and travel 1.8km through the stunning landscapes that Mt Ruapehu has to offer, cruising past waterfalls and volcanic terrain. Complete your adventure with a family rafting trip on the Tongariro River. This grade 2 rafting trip is perfect for everyone including children aged 3+. You’ll follow the river on this leisurely 1.5 hour trip down the soft, tumbling waters of the Lower Tongariro. The combo can be completed in one action packed day, or split across two days to extend the excitement!

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0800 10 10 24

Our 8 metre Indoor Climbing Hall offers a fun challenge for beginners through to advanced climbers. There are 50 different climbs, secured on 29 top ropes, graded from 10 to 26. Entry includes harness and instruction, shoes can be hired. Our hall and small shop are open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.

Enjoy a warm and unique fishing lodge and Apres Ski atmosphere, with roaring fires in stone fireplaces, comfortable lounges and friendly staff waiting to serve you a wine from our extensive wine list. Our dining rooms are warm and intimate and a perfect place to enjoy a 3 course dinner at the end of a great days skiing. The dining experience in our restaurant captures the essence of the bold vibrant surroundings, serving the best of New Zealand game and traditional foods, enjoy mouth-watering dishes such as Sesame crusted Ora King Salmon, roasted parsnip puree, braised cabbage or Taupo beef eye fillet, fondant potatoes, salsa verde, confit tomatoes. Join us for a truly unique dining experience Reservations essential.

Discover your moment of magic in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour. Known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions, take a boat ride through the glow worm grotto, marvel at thousands of magical glowworms and become part of over 130 years of cultural and natural history. The Waitomo Glowworm Caves tours are made up of two levels. The upper being dry and decorated with stunning, delicate cave formations and the lower level consisting of stream passages, glowworms and the Cathedral, the tallest chamber in the cave. Many of our guides are direct descendants of the Maori chief who originally explored the cave, bringing the cave to life through story-telling and explaining the history, features and legends of the world-famous cave.

Check yourself in for a relaxing escape and expereince a massage, body treatment, manicure or pedicure, facial treatment or beauty treatment with one of our talented therapists. Body Rituals at Living Waters Spa are more than just a treatment, they're an overall experience. It all starts with the comforting mineral waters of Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs. Soak your muscles and soothe your cares away before beginning a unique spa experience. Be pampered by our therapist’s magic fingers. Book a relaxation massage to restore your energy, or a specialized massage with our well-selected products to indulge yourself or loved ones. Enjoy a complimentary pool pass with any treatment over $50.

Tick skydiving off your bucket list with Taupo Tandem Skydiving - NZ's #1 Rated Skydive on Tripadvisor! Experience the surreal sensation of freefall as you fly above stunning Lake Taupo with views of snow-capped volcanoes and The Tongariro National Park. We have four skydiving altitudes to suit every adrenaline level - 9,000 ft, 12,000ft, 15,000ft or Taupo's HIGHEST skydive... 18,500ft! Taupo is the ultimate skydiving location in NZ, and TTS offers the best skydiving experience! We provide free buffs with every skydive, free certificate of completion, all the necessary safety gear plus we also offer free transport within Taupo in our stretch hummer. Our highly experienced tandem masters take care of you every leap of the way. Your memories will last a lifetime, but if you want bragging rights then choose one of many camera packages available. Capture your every expression from pre-jump nerves to post-jump exhilaration! Ready? Let's jump!

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0800 826 336

Sky and Cave Combo

Waitomo & Whakapapa

Combine two of the most breathtaking sights New Zealand has to offer, way above and below ground with this epic combo! Discover the mystical underground wonder of the Waitomo Caves on this two cave experience. Descend into the magical Waitomo Glowworm Caves and glide by boat under a galaxy of glowworms before heading to ancient Ruakuri Cave, a spectacular cave full of legends and tales. Complete your combo with a journey into the clouds on Whakapapa's Sky Waka, New Zealands's most technically advanced gondola! You will travel 1.8km up the mountain in luxury over ancient volcanic landscapes, high above the Dual World Heritage National Park with views over The Pinnacles and beyond. This self drive combo can be used on one day, or spead across different days to maximise the adventure and exploration.

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0800 228 464

Ahhhhhh… the bliss of sliding down into the natural mineral pools of the Taupo DeBretts hot springs. With two huge mineral pools set amongst beautiful landscaped resort surroundings, it’s the perfect spot to relax and soothe tired, aching muscles. Taupo is one of New Zealand’s most active thermal regions, and Taupo DeBretts enjoys a prime location at a natural ‘hot spot’ – a geothermal spring known as Onekeneke. For more than a century, people have flocked here to enjoy its famous relaxation and medicinal benefits. Prefer something a little more quiet? With 12 private pools to choose from varying in temperature it’s easy to slip into the soothing hot water and feel your worries wash away. There’s nothing better after a day of hiking, skiing or exploring the many attractions the volcanic region of the Central Plateau has to offer.

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