Adrenalin

All prices quoted below are inclusive of a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST). 

Formula Challenge

Taupo’s Motorsport Park, which has a state of the art race track facility and hosts a driver formula challenge.

The course is tailored to suit the complete novice or the experienced road car driver who wants a taste of what it is like to drive a Formula Challenge single-seater race car. Before you get behind the wheel, your Motorsport New Zealand qualified driving instructor will take you around the track to reinforce your earlier classroom tuition and familiarise you with the racetrack. No experience is required. Choose from a single seater race car or Holden or Ford V8 race car.

Included in the price is a presentation folder with your certificates, complimentary A4 photograph and Formula Challenge race data.

• NZ$480.00 per guest (damage indemnity waiver NZ$50.00 included) – 10 laps on Track 3.


Jet Boating

Children must be over one metre tall in order to ride the Huka Falls Jet and the Rapids Jet.

Huka Falls Jet

The 30-minute adrenalin-filled trip, skims close to cliffs and trees at an incredible 80km an hour. Get ready for the thrill of 360º spins as you make your way down to the Aratiatia Dam and back to view from the base of the spectacular Huka Falls, all in a beautiful river environment. Safety is paramount and the drivers are experienced professionals.

Life jackets are provided and spray jackets in cooler months.

• NZ$109.00 per adult.

• NZ$65.00 per child (15 years and under).

NZ Riverjet and The Squeeze

A 2-3½ hour round trip with NZ Riverjet incorporates a unique experience as well as an exhilarating jet boat ride. Encompassing 1-hour of jet boating, with views of the stunning native bush and abundant wildlife through the magnificent Tutukau Gorge.

You will disembark from the boat in knee-deep warm water and head towards a narrow gap in the cliff face. Squeeze your way through crevasses, climbing boulders, wading through waist deep warm water and emerge in stunning native New Zealand bush. You will have the opportunity to soak in the atmosphere while relaxing in the thermal waters of a naturally heated bathing pool.

• NZ$159.00 per adult.

• NZ$79.00 per child (minimum age 12 years).

New Zealand Riverjet site is located approximately 34kms from Taupo.

Transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.

Rapids Jet

Rapids Jet boats the biggest and longest rapids that spill from the Aratiatia Dam daily. Shoot through narrow canyons, be exhilarated by the spin on crystal clear waters, spot a trout and surf the pressure waves of the awesome Nga Awapurua Rapids. The riverbanks are lined with fantastic native bush and steaming hot springs.

Trips depart to coincide with the release of water from the Aratiatia Dam, 4 times daily.

Life jackets are provided and spray jackets in cooler months.

• NZ$105.00 per adult.

• NZ$60.00 per child (15 years and under).

Orakei Korako with NZ Riverjet

A 2-3½ hour round trip with New Zealand Riverjet incorporates a unique geothermal wonderland as well as an exhilarating jet boating experience. Encompassing one-hour of jet boating, with views of the stunning native bush and abundant wildlife through the magnificent Tutukau Gorge where canyon walls rise dramatically a 50 meters above the magnificent Waikato River.

Visit the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako. This enchanting, natural geothermal park has fabulous walks around steaming cliffs, amazing hot pools and the awesome Aladdin’s cave, an extremely rare geothermal cave. 

• NZ$159.00 per adult.

• NZ$79.00 per child.

• NZ$408.00 per family (2 adults and 2 children).

New Zealand Riverjet site is located approximately 34kms from Taupo.

Transfers may be arranged at an additional cost.

New Zealand Riverjet – Jet Fish

Available from 01 December – 01 April, inclusive. Experience some of the best summer river fishing in New Zealand aboard your own purpose-built 13-seater jet boat.

Standing platforms at the bow mean spinning or fly fishing access is easy and the Brown or Rainbow trout to be caught are worthy of the reputation they enjoy all over the world.

All spinning fishing gear, life jackets, boat driver/guide and fishing licences included. Fly fishing gear is not included.

  • NZ$1,380.00 half day jet fishing 3-4 hours for 1-2 guests.
  • NZ$2,013.00 full day jet fishing for 1-2 guests. 


para_sailingPara-Sailing

An exhilarating adventure above the crystal-clear waters of Lake Taupo.

  • 400 feet and 8 minutes in the air.
  • 800 feet and 10 minutes in the air.

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Tandem Skydiving

Situated on the shores of Lake Taupo in the beautiful volcanic plateau of the Tongariro National Park. Taupo Tandem Skydiving was the first tandem sky dive operation in New Zealand and is currently the largest in the world. Operating daily, all year round (weather permitting) since 1992, they have the capacity to sky dive up to 220 tandem students a day. Exiting the plane up to 15,000 feet, over one minute in free-fall, take the opportunity to experience the incomparable exhilaration of free falling. A spectacular parachute ride over the stunning background of the Lake Taupo region and the snow-capped volcanoes ends the adventure.

Full body harness together with a jump suit are provided. All you need to bring is firm clothing and shoes. Photos and DVD’s are available. Weather permitting.

• Free-fall 12,000 feet – NZ$249.00 per adult.

• Free-fall 15,000 feet – NZ$339.00 per adult.

A strict weight limit of 100kg applies for tandem passengers, for your own and our staff’s safety.


Gliding

Gliding is an exhilarating sport that utilities ‘lift’ sources generously provided by nature. The pleasure and the challenge appeals to people of all ages. Taupo is blessed with excellent conditions for gliding and offering high altitude, long distance and long duration flights.

Whilst your glider is being towed you will see a spectacular view of the Huka Falls, Taupo township and Lake Taupo. You will be released from tow at approx 5000ft. After some instruction take the controls and fly the glider, then experience the feeling of soaring like a bird. Your instructor may show you some gentle aerobatics if you wish. You will receive a certificate and your flight time is generally 20-40 minutes.

• NZ$260.00 per guest

There is a maximum weight limit of 100kg for this activity.


Waikato River trip

Join us for a 1-hour of floating down Taupo’s spectacular Waikato River. We recommend that you consider the kayak option, but rafting is ideal for those who are less adventurous or for groups with several small children.

Raft or paddle under the bungy site, swim in the river and soak in the natural hot springs. No experience necessary – this trip is for everyone and excellent for children.

• NZ$73.00 per adult.

• NZ$50.00 per child.

• Exclusive trips can be arranged for NZ$361.00 for 1-2 guests, with departure times to suit.

White Water Rafting

Rafting is fun for everyone and suitable for all ages. Taking place mostly on the Rangitaiki River, it is 2 hours of fast flowing action through the heavily wooded Kaingaroa Forest, with superb back country scenery. This picturesque river has everything from raging rapids to quiet peaceful glides, making it our most popular trip among both expert and novice rafters.

The first half of the trip is more difficult (grade 4). Younger children (minimum age 8 years) may join the trip for the easier rapids (grade 3). Thorough instruction will be provided before the trip begins.

Wet suits, fleece sweaters, life vests, swimming shoes and helmets are all provided.

• NZ$119.00 per adult

• NZ$109.00 per child

Taupo Bungy Jumping

Taupo’s leading adventure and extreme activity! Leap 150-feet from a fixed platform over the waters of the Waikato River, upstream from Huka Falls. The colour of the water alone is enough to inspire you. At 47 metres, it’s New Zealand’s highest water-touch bungy.

• NZ$169.00 – solo jump.

• NZ$338.00 – tandem jump.

The minimum weight for all jumps is 45 kg. 

Tandem jumps, photos and videos available.

Taupo Cliffhanger

Recently launched, this newest adrenalin rush adds another dimension to the plethora of adventure activities in Taupo. The swing itself is operated from a platform 43 metres above the Waikato River.

Once your full body harness is fitted the crew hook you up and it’s action time. It’s a brief countdown before the free fall thrill. Swinging over the beautiful Waikato River is something else and this ride lets you swing in a massive arc for 5-6 minutes. The winch takes care of your ride back to the platform. This experience reaches speeds of 70kph and you can take this ride solo or tandem.

• NZ$119.00 – solo swing.

• NZ$238.00 – tandem swing.


kayakKayak to the rock carvings

Experience Lake Taupo’s fresh clear waters and explore the beautiful shoreline, while learning about the region’s incredible volcanic creation and the area’s local history. Lake Taupo has itself experienced at least 26 volcanic eruptions in the last 26,000 years. Two of which were possibly some of the largest the world has experienced in recent geological times. View the Maori Rock Carvings, which are over 10 metres high and are only accessible by boat or kayak. Sea kayaking will allow you close access to the carvings and a chance to examine them in detail. Hear about their history, how they were carved, and also of their cultural significance. There is time for swimming in summer, while in winter there is the opportunity to further explore the mini inlets on the return journey home.

Kayaking to the Rock Carvings is about 3 hours of paddling there and back. We launch the kayaks after a full briefing at Jerusalem Bay. Paddling with the coast on our right we pass four headlands, the last of which leaves us with 400m to go before sighting the 10m high carvings. After photos and a tale or two about the carvings and their meanings we go to a nearby rock ledge for snacks and cold or hot drink. If you wish, this is the time for swim in the crystal-clear waters of the lake. For the return trip we keep the coast on our left, passing steep cliffs and paddling through mini inlets that can only accommodate a kayak.

Included: Transport, all gear, full instructions, refreshments or lunch, permits.

What you need to bring: Comfortable warm clothing, raincoat, sneakers, hat, gloves, dark glasses, towel, camera, water bottle, swimsuit, complete change of clothes.

(Our operator can provide you with a whole range of clothing items if you wish, such as wet-sock shoes, polyprop or fleece shirts and tops, hats, gloves, raincoats and much more. Please ask us about the possibilities when booking your trip).

Summer: Two trips daily, morning and afternoon, (approx 8.30am and 1.30pm pickup).

Winter: One trip daily (10 am pickup).

• NZ$140.00 – adults

• NZ$63.00 – children


quad_bikeTaupo Quad adventures

Take an exciting Sportrax Safari (Suzuki LTZ 2WD 250cc quad) ride through farmland and scenic native bush on a farm 20-minutes from Taupo. There are a variety of trips ranging from 1-3 hours, catering for both young and old with full training given. Helmets, gloves and wet weather gear will be provided. Transfers to and from farm included.

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