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Lake Taupo: 1.5-Hour Maori Rock Carvings 5:00 PM Cruise

1. Lake Taupo: 1.5-Hour Maori Rock Carvings 5:00 PM Cruise

Enjoy a summer evening cruising on Lake Taupo. Chris Jolly has been entertaining guests for 40 years, and his tour to the Maori Rock Carvings is known worldwide. Recently restored, these rock carvings were created in the 1980s and still tower above the water, truly a sight to behold.  With family friendly activities on board and split level comfort, this tour is a must for those visiting the region. Enjoy the full bar as you cruise around the Lake Taupo bays, learning onboard from the live commentary. With views of Tongariro National Park and spectacular scenery, this is one evening to be enjoyed by all.

From Rotorua: Lake Taupo & Orakei Korako Geothermal Park

2. From Rotorua: Lake Taupo & Orakei Korako Geothermal Park

Get a fantastic geothermal experience without the thronging crowds with this day trip to Orakei Korako from Rotorua. Discover a geothermal park boasting the most active geysers in New Zealand. After exploring Orakei Korako, visit Huka Falls and the Taupo area. Depart Rotorua after pickup from your hotel between 9 AM-9:15 AM and travel to Orakei Korako. Somewhat off the beaten track, Orakei Korako, also known as the Hidden Valley, is nestled in the Taupo Volcanic Zone between Taupo and Rotorua. After a 45-minute drive to get there, take a short boat ride across the lake then enjoy 2 hours to explore the thermal area featuring up to 23 natural geysers in a constantly changing landscape. Marvel at the number of boiling hot springs and the vibrant colors all around you, or take a native bushwalk through this untouched geothermal paradise. Next, move on to Huka Falls and the Taupo area. Lunch is at your own expense but there are multiple places for you to choose to eat. In Taupo, be guided by your driver and visit the lake front and other interesting sights. Your driver will find out what interests you and, if possible, tailor the day to maximize the stops to suit your interests. Return to Rotorua after Taupo for drop-off at your accommodation between 3:30 PM-4:30 PM.

Taupo Wake Park: Timed Entry Ticket with Life Jackets

3. Taupo Wake Park: Timed Entry Ticket with Life Jackets

Our Inflatable Waterpark is set on a man made lake where you can Explore the water playground, jump, slide, swing and splash. Enjoy in any weather, lifejackets included. In your one hour session you have the freedom to play without rules. Here are a few things to remember before & during your visit You must be able to swim to participate. We only allow kids 5 years and older. Kids 5-9 years old must be accompanied by a supervising and paying guardian. (2 kids per guardian) This guardian must stay within 2m of the kids at all times. We supply Hutchwilco (NZ Made) lifejackets for everyone to wear. Please do not bring your own lifejackets. All of our staff are qualified lifeguards At Taupo Wake Park, you and our staffs safety is No 1, we operate to NZ Govt & Worksafe NZ guidelines for Waterparks

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What people are saying about Taupo

Great hosts!! Everything was well explained! Loved the tour, views and especially the bar Will definitely do it again with family for a celebration. Thank you for helping make memories and capturing an experience and enlightening the history of the beautiful lake!!

Great tour Sarah the skipper was an interesting and amusing guide, carvings are well worth a look and interesting to know they are about to be extended/completed - might need to revisit next year.

An amazing experience regardless of the weather. The skipper was amazing. She was very knowledgeable about the cultural aspects of the area.

Great trip. The staff were friendly and kind. Learnt a lot about the area too. Very happy we did this.

Fantastic tour, so interesting and wonderful to see the sights.