With the largest fresh water lake in the southern hemisphere and crystal clear rivers weaving their way throughout the region, it’s not surprising that visitors flock to the district in their thousands as the mercury rises in search of the perfect holiday spot and plenty of options to cool off on those balmy summer days.
Fortunately thrill seekers too are in luck, as the warmer weather lends itself beautifully to a number of iconic regional adventure activities.
Home to New Zealand’s highest water touch bungy, the crew at Taupo Bungy and Cliffhanger offer a unique way to combat the temperature spikes this summer. Why not take the plunge opting for the refreshing water touch option. Either dip your fingertips, or go the whole hog and ask for a full submersion. There’s nothing quite like a cool dip in the clear waters of the mighty Waikato to get your blood pumping.
If you’d rather be on the water, there are a number of operators who can provide you with an experience to wet your appetite (excuse the pun). Scenic lake cruises or guided kayak tours take you to the base of Lake Taupo’s stunning Maori rock carvings, only accessible by boat and allow you to explore majestic Lake Taupo like never before.
If you’re in the need for the speed, jump aboard one of the three jet boat operators churning up the waters of the Waikato River. You can be assured a refreshing spin and an adrenaline rush to boot.
A little further afield at the southern end of Lake Taupo, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with a number of white water rafting companies just waiting to show off their breathtaking playground, the picturesque and famous trout fishing haunt, the Tongariro River.
Whether in search of action and adventure or just a spot to pull up and cool off, the Great Lake Taupo region has you covered. Join the masses on the Lake Terrace, grab an ice cream or gelato and get amongst the action this summer lakeside, or grab a floatie and head down to the Waikato River for a cruisy river float. Whatever you choose, we’ve got the perfect spot for you to cool off.
New Zealand's Highest Water Touch Bungy Jump - located 47 metres (154 feet) above the Waikato River, check out the stunning views before taking the plunge into or towards the crystal clear waters below. Only 5 minutes from Taupo township.