While Adventure HQ Taupo’s key offering is their shuttle services to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Mt Ruapehu, they can also provide alternative options for those closed mountain days with the introduction of a new “Taupo Sightseeing Shuttle”.
Adventure HQ’s guide and knowledgeable driver will take you by shuttle to see and experience some of Taupo’s top “Must See” attractions from experiencing the releasing of the water from the Aratiata Dam engulfing the narrow rapids below with thousands of litre’s of water.
The geothermal reserve of Orakei Korako with its bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers, hot springs and ever changing landscape of its geothermal colours. here you will also have the option to jump on the jet boat experience (Optional extra cost to the tour) that includes high speed manoeuvre’s and the 360 degree spins. there will be time to grab a coffee and a snack from their café before making our way to our next destination
From here its onto the Huka Falls some eleven metres high and some 220,000 litres per second that spill over it, a great spot for photograph’s before finishing your trip with a soak in the Otumuheke hot stream for a (free) soak or venture to wairakei Terraces (Optional extra cost at $25 per person).
This tour is an ideal alternative for when the Tongariro track or sking on the mountain is closed, taking the opportunity to enjoy some of Taupo’s stunning scenery and Must See Locations.
Relax and join Adventure HQ guided tours as we take you around some of Taupo’s most popular and scenic spots and attractions
A fun day seeing the best sights of Lake Taupo
Aratiata Dam: Our visit to the Aratiata dam coincides with time time for the spectacular 10:00am where thousands of litres of water is released from the Aratiatia Dam gushing down through the Aratiatia Rapids that are believed to have been created from a volcano. The name “Aratiatia” means “stairway of Tia”.
At the Aratiatia Rapids, the Waikato River falls 28 metres in the space of one kilometre. These surging rapids have been harnessed to produce environmentally sustainable hydroelectric power.
Filming was done here for some of the most memorable scenes from Peter Jackson’s movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug where Bilbo Baggins who goes in search of treasure with 13 dwarfs. The scene shot along the Aratiatia rapids is part of an escape where Bilbo Baggins rescues the dwarfs from elves by hiding them in barrels which float downstream.
Orakei Korako Geothermal Area Enjoy the wonders of this beautiful and ancient area. Easy self-guided walk that includes a short boat ferry trip across the tranquil Lake Ohakuri
Orakei Korako also known as Hidden Valley boasts the largest and most geothermal activity with its bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers, boiling hot springs and beautiful silica terraces that provide an ever changing thermal landscape and stunning colours.
After your walk, there will be time to grab a coffee and a snack from their café before making our way to our next destination
Huka Falls and view NZ’s most visited attraction. At Huka Falls you can witness the phenomenon of natural hydro power with more than 220,000 litres of water per sec barreling over this 11 meter high waterfall.
A foot bridge right at the top of the falls puts you in a prime position to get up close and witness the powerful display of water blasting by
You can choose to walk back to town following the river and stop off at Otumuheke hot stream for a (free) soak
Or visit the very beautiful and relaxing Wairakei Terraces Thermal Hot Pools (additional cost) for a soak (winter option) The above will take approx. 5 hours (incl one hour for hot pool option) which will allow plenty of time to enjoy these amazing areas. We offer a door to door service so it’s very easy for you! Great alternative for those closed mountain days – summer or winter Ideal for people without a vehicle, wives/husbands looking for something to do while their other half is otherwise occupied or travelling on their own and just want to get out and enjoy some of Taupo’s stunning scenery.
With this package you get to have a day of hiking on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and a day of exploring some of Taupo’s most popular and scenic spots
Let us take you on a journey to experience for yourself the world famous and spectacular Tongariro Alpine Crossing trek. This is a door to door service that will ensure you have one of the greatest days of your life! Once you arrive at the start of the track you then do the hard part – hiking 19.4km up and over the very beautiful Mt Tongariro – including getting up close and personal with towering Mt Ngauruhoe (or Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy!). At the end of the track you will find us waiting for you to take you back to your accommodation – tired but very satisfied with your day.
You deserve a more relaxing day so after a leisurely breakfast hop aboard our Sightseeing Shuttle and we’ll take you to see some of Taupo’s more scenic spots including:
Price includes entry to Orakei Korako Georthermal Area
Price does NOT include food or drinks. If you wish to visit Wairakei Terraces there will be additional charges (14 Years or older $25 per person).
You will need to bring:
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