Lake Taupo: Taupo Kayaking Adventures will take you kayaking on the crystal clear waters of New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake, its rivers, and tributary streams while taking in the lake’s stunning scenery, which includes native bush, an active volcano, Maori rock carvings, and unspoilt areas accessible only by boat.
Our nature-based paddling experiences allow you to explore the natural world without damaging its fragile ecosystems and fauna.
With unmatched natural beauty, intriguing history, superb outdoor cuisine, and enthusiastic, skilled instructors, we provide a truly unforgettable kayaking experience.
Our most popular tours are kayaking excursions to the world-famous Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings. Other popular kayaking excursions include kayaking quiet evening paddles on the lake, kayak fishing tours.
explore the secluded Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Paddle below native bush, past cliffs and mini inlets that can only harbour a kayak before the unique 14 metre-high carvings come into view. Your experienced guide will explain the carving’s cultural significance to the lake and surrounding areas while you float beneath them.
On our return, we stop for gourmet refreshments, where you can take the opportunity to swim in the clear waters of our beautiful lake. If the breeze comes up, we can raft our kayaks together and sail back – bliss!
Our double kayaks are safe and easy for everyone to use. No experience is necessary on our guided trips, and instructions on how to operate a kayak are complete.
An adult must accompany children under 12 in our kayaks.
A unique trip and one you will remember forever.
This trip is for you if you’re looking for a more extended day experience on the water. We’ll begin our adventure in the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay.
We paddle below native bush, pass cliffs and inlets that can only harbour a kayak, and then prepare to be wowed by the Maori Rock Carvings towering 100-metres high at Mine Bay.
Then it’s on to Masons Rock – an impressive volcanic fan of rock emerging from the lake.
Your experienced guide will explain the carving’s cultural significance to the lake and surrounding areas while you float beneath them.
During our trip, we will stop for refreshments and a relaxing gourmet lunch, taking in the magnificent mountain views with an opportunity to swim in the clear waters of our beautiful lake. If the breeze comes up on our return, we can raft our kayaks together and sail back – fantastic!
No experience is necessary, as all our trips are guided and complete instructions on operating a kayak. Our double kayaks are safe and easy for everyone to use. An adult must accompany children under 12 in our kayaks.
Our Geothermal trip is, without a doubt, the best way to experience the spectacular scenery and the geothermal wonders of New Zealand up close via the Waikato River, New Zealand’s largest river, down to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park.
From our base in Acacia Bay, we will drive ½ an hour north to Tutukau Bridge, where we will begin our kayak adventure. As we meander down the glassy waters of the gorge, you will get to explore the warmth of the thermal springs flowing out of the river underneath you and see interesting geothermal activity along the way.
Watch out for mini geysers and mud pools, and look out for the steam beds as we approach every corner through the gorge. While taking in the beautiful scenery of willow forests, water meadows, clusters of water lilies and waterfalls towards the sides, you will also get to kayak past ducks, geese, swans, shags, tuis and other water birds. If we are lucky, you may even see an eagle fly past overhead.
You know when you are nearing Orakei Korako, as the geothermal steam will be quite visible. If the timing is right, you might see the main geyser go off (water bursting out of the rocks).
The surrounding waters are warm, keeping your butt and legs nice and toasty. We will take a short break for refreshments before exploring Orakei Korako Geothermal Park.
Take your time walking around the hidden valley, which features a volcanic world of gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and a secret cave.
Your transport will be waiting for you to take you back to the base. No experience is necessary as all our trips are fully guided, and instructions are given. Our double kayaks are safe and easy for everyone to use. An adult must accompany children under ten in our kayaks.
Enjoy Lake Taupo at one of its most magical times with a relaxing evening paddle.
We’ll take you for a leisurely paddle along the Taupo lakefront, where you can take in the sunset and beautiful mountain views from your kayak, spotting wildlife as you go and sampling our gourmet refreshments. What better way to unwind?
Our double kayaks are safe and easy for everyone to use. No experience is necessary, as all our trips are guided, and complete instruction on how to operate a kayak is given.
An adult must accompany children under the age of 12. Allow 1-2 hours.