We recently spent a few days in Taupo and enjoyed many of the best things to do in Taupo with kids. If you plan to visit Taupo during your New Zealand holiday, you’re in for a real treat! With its vast and diverse landscape including lake front setting, the gorgeous cascades of Huka Falls, geothermal hot spots and volcanic terrain valleys it is a nature lover’s paradise!
There are so many great Taupo family activities, with most of the things to do in Taupo, New Zealand revolving around its gorgeous natural setting. From a scenic cruise on Lake Taupo, to a relaxing soak in one of the Taupo hot springs, or the various Taupo attractions for family – there is something for everyone here. There’s even Taupo activities for the thrill seekers such as bungy jumping, jet boating and skydiving too!
To help you decide what to do in Taupo during your trip, I have put together this guide on all the best places to visit in Taupo with the kids as well as tips on places to stay in Taupo.
SPOILER ALERT: We stayed at Lake Taupo Holiday Resort and it was amazing!!!!
- 1 Where is Taupo?
- 2 19 of The Best Things to do in Taupo with Kids
- 2.1 1. Huka Falls
- 2.2 2. Visit Orakei Korako
- 2.3 3. Visit Craters of the Moon
- 2.4 4. Aratiatia Rapids
- 2.5 5. Huka Falls River Cruise
- 2.6 6. Swim in Lake Taupo
- 2.7 7. Huka Prawn Park
- 2.8 8. Huka Honey
- 2.9 9. Relax in One of the Hot Taupo Pools
- 2.10 10. Scenic Cruise on Lake Taupo
- 2.11 11. Water Activities on Lake Taupo
- 2.12 12. Huka Falls Jet Boat Ride
- 2.13 13. The Squeeze Tour
- 2.14 14. Hole in One Taupo
- 2.15 15. Taupo Mini Golf
- 2.16 16. Bungy Jumping
- 2.17 17. Taupo Cliffhanger Experience
- 2.18 18. Taupo Tandem Skydiving
- 2.19 19. Scenic Helicopter Flights
- 3 Taupo Accommodation
- 4 Other Places to Stay in Taupo
Where is Taupo?
Taupo is in the centre of New Zealand’s North Island and is located by Lake Taupo, the biggest lake in Australasia. With Lake Taupo the size of Singapore, some say it’s more like an inland sea rather than a lake.
Taupo is around 3.5 hours drive from Auckland, 4.5 hours drive from Wellington or Rotorua to Taupo is only 1 hour. Whilst Taupo is accessible by car, bus or plane (the nearest airport is Rotorua), I recommend you hire a car as it will be much easier to get around to see all the various Taupo tourist attractions and activities.
19 of The Best Things to do in Taupo with Kids
There are plenty of things to do in Lake Taupo and in this guide, I detail some of the more popular Lake Taupo activities and what I’d recommend for families visiting the area.
1. Huka Falls
Let’s start with not only one of the best things to see in Taupo, but it’s also one of the free things to do in Taupo – a visit to the stunning cascading Huka Falls.
Take the kids to see the amazing site of more than 200,00 litres of water per second plummeting through the narrow gap of the 11-metre-high waterfall.
It’s easy to see Huka Falls, from the Huka Falls car park it’s a short 1-2 minute walk to the bridge. Alternatively, you can take the easy 90-minute walk from Spa Park up to Huka Falls or get even close by taking a jet boat ride or river cruise.
Huka Falls is just a short 10-minute drive north of Taupo and is one of the Taupo top 10 places to visit.
Location: Huka Falls Road
Opening Hours: Winter: 8 am to 5.30 pm & Summer: 8 am to 6 pm
2. Visit Orakei Korako
One of the top things to do in Taupo is to check out some of the Taupo thermal attractions. During our visit we went to Orakei Korako which Lonely Planet describes as “arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand”. It’s a fantastic place to visit for those looking for things to do in Taupo for families.
Situated just 30 minutes North of Taupo and located somewhat off the beaten track between Taupo and Rotorua, Orakei Korako is a highly active geothermal area. With more than 250 hot springs and 23 active geysers to see, Orakei Korako is still the largest geyser field in New Zealand.
In order to access the thermal park you will need to take the short boat ride across the Waikato River. There are no schedule departure times, the boat simply crosses the river whenever there are passengers waiting. Once you arrive on the other side, simply take the board walk around the park. The walk around the entire park takes around 90 minutes, and is absolutely mesmerizing! During your walk you will see bubbling water, spurting geysers, gurgling mud pools, vibrant colours and volcanic hot springs. I’ve never seen anything like it – we all found it fascinating.
Whilst the walk around is fairly easy and we did it with ease, there are quite a few steps, so its not ideal for anyone with mobility issues or a pram.
Once you complete your walk and take the boat back across the river, there is a small cafe where you can purchase lunch, snacks and drinks.
A visit to Orakei Korako Thermal Park has to be up there as one of the best things to do near Taupo. I highly recommend a visit with your family when visiting Taupo.
Location: Orakei Korako Road
Opening Hours: 8 am until 4 pm
Price: NZ $39 per adult and NZ $15 per child
3. Visit Craters of the Moon
Another thermal area in Taupo is the Craters of the Moon. Whilst we didn’t visit this area due to being short on time and visiting Orakei Korako, others still recommend the park for families looking for things to do around Taupo.
Showcasing the natural thermal activity of Taupo, the Craters of the Moon geothermal walkway wanders through an almost other-worldly landscape featuring bubbling craters and steaming vents. There are two tracks to walk in this geothermal area, the first being the main track which is an easy 45-minute walk for all ages. The top track adds 20 minutes to the walk but leads to a great lookout at the end; a great photo opportunity! It is however important to note that the tracks are not overly pram / stroller friendly; so keep that in mind for your young ones.
Location: 171 Karapiti Road, Taupo
Opening Hours: Summer: 8:30am until 6pm Winter: 8:30am to 5pm.
Price: NZ $8 per adult and NZ $4 per child.
4. Aratiatia Rapids
One of the most fun things to do in Taupo (and definitely on my top 10 things to do in Taupo) is take a quick visit to the Aratiatia Rapids. Here you will see the dam wall open to release thousands of litres of water, creating the rapids – an absolute true spectacle.
To see the rapids, its a short drive north of Taupo to the car park. Here you can either watch the dam walls open from the top, or for a better view take the short 5 minute talk to see a front on view. I kind of expected the rapids to happen straight away, but it takes quite a while for the rock pools to fill up and then for the water to come rushing through. But once it does it’s really a fantastic thing to see. It’s a great free attraction if you’re looking for a quick and easy things for kids to do in Taupo.
Simply something that is a must do in Taupo, the Aratiatia Rapids provide a fun and exciting experience for the whole family. If you’re looking for cheap things to do in Taupo; this is free of charge! Make sure to turn up with at least 10 minutes to spare, to make it to the viewing platform with time before the release occurs.
Location: 630 Aratiatia Road, Rotokawa
Opening Hours: The release occurs for 15 minutes at a time at 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm or 4 pm.
5. Huka Falls River Cruise
A great activity to link with the previous attraction, as the Huka Falls River Cruise departs from the Aratiatia Rapids Carpark and will let you experience the best views of Huka Falls during the 90 minute river cruise.
This is the only cruise which will take you to the base of the Huka Falls. The boat stops in the turbulent white water for the most incredible photo opportunities.
As well as the falls, you will also see bird life, natural hot streams crystal clear water, trout and more. You can also enjoy tea and coffee whilst cruising along the water.
The kids will also absolutely love seeing the crashing Huka Falls, an experience that will stay with them for a lifetime. With times that perfectly link up to the Aratiatia Rapids release times, this cruise is great for families looking for kids activities Taupo has to offer.
Location: Aratiatia Road, Rotokawa
Opening Hours: Cruises depart at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
Price: NZ $39 per adult and NZ $15 per child.
6. Swim in Lake Taupo
If you visit Taupo during the warmer months, the kids will definitely want to go for a swim from the Lake Taupo beach. As you can see pictured above, the water is absolutely crystal clear and is just screaming for you to get in. It’s pretty shallow too, so ideal for families with smaller kids.
Lake Taupo is actually a large collapsed volcanic crater – said to be around the size of Singapore! So as you can image this lake is massive!
Whilst you’re there be sure to walk along the foreshore a little further for a family photograph in front of the #Lovetaupo sign – a must do Taupo activity!
7. Huka Prawn Park
When you’re wondering what to do in Lake Taupo with the kids, I highly recommend spending at least a few hours at Huka Prawn. Huka Prawn Park is just minutes from the Taupo town centre and offers a fun-filled day of entertainment for the entire family.
The main attraction at Huka Prawn Park is of course fishing for prawns – but as their slogan goes “catch me if you can” – don’t expect this to any easy feat. Included in the admission price is your very own fishing rod, prawn bait and a bucket of cold water for your prawns. The good news is that everything you can catch you can not only eat, but the guys here will cook it up for you completely free of charge! Otherwise you can take your catch home and eat it later.
I highly recommend taking the tour of the prawn hatchery and nursery first if you can. These tours last around 20 minutes and go every hour, on the hour. During the tour they give you some tips about how to fish for prawns, like for example how prawns like the dark shady spots whereas we were fishing for them in the sunny areas! You also get to feed the baby prawns which was so cute!
Once you have had enough of fishing for prawns, there are plenty of other activities for the whole family. Some of the other activies at Huka Prawn include water trikes, water pedal boats, trout feeding (fish food included), kids playground and some good old water play areas for the kids. A great trip to let your kids off the leash and have some fun.
And if you don’t catch anything, there’s also the famous Huka Prawn Park Restaurant where you can relax and enjoy some great food.
What at first seems like an odd premise quickly becomes one of the Taupo must do attractions. Bound to be a fun day out for the kids and parents alike; a great attraction for those after family things to do in Taupo.
Location: Huka Falls Road, Wairakei Tourist Park, Taupo
Opening Hours: 9 am until 4 pm
Price: NZ $29.50 per adult and NZ $16 for each child or grab a family pass for $75 (2 adults and up to 5 kids). Under 5’s are free.
8. Huka Honey
Near Huka Falls you can find the Huka Honey Hive which stocks New Zealand’s largest selection of artisan honey products. The Huka Honey Hive offers free samples of honey ( awesome if you’re looking for things to do in Taupo for free!!), mead and skincare products.
Every person working at the Huka Honey Hive is passionate about the protection of our bees and all that they do for our environment. It’s a fun and educational experience for the kids to see the bees up close and personal, whilst also learning about the importance of their pollination.
If you’ve got some money to spare, then why not go on an interactive and personalised honey tour, and step further into the world of honey and bees.
Location: 65 Karetoto Road, Taupo
Opening Hours: Summer: 9 am until 5 pm, Winter: 1 0am to 5 pm
Price: Entry is free however a tour is NZ $25 per person
9. Relax in One of the Hot Taupo Pools
You can’t come to Taupo without relaxing in one of the many hot pools Taupo has to offer. There are a variety of hot Taupo pools and Taupo hot springs on offer and in fact you may be lucky enough that you accommodation has it’s own hot pools. We stayed at Lake Taupo Holiday Resort which had it’s own thermally heated pools, so we didn’t venture out to any others, but if you’re not so lucky here are a few to consider :
Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa
With thermal bathing pools, massage therapy, Maori cultural experiences and tours of silica terraces and the geothermal areas, the Wairakei Terraces & Thermal Health Spa is perfect for a relaxing and rejuvenating day out.
Location: Wairakei Road, Wairakei
Opening Hours: 8:30am until 8:30pm
Price: NZ $15 per person, note children under 14 years of age are not allowed.
If you’re after the free hot pools Taupo has to offer, head on over to the Otumuheke Stream which flows into Waikato River at Spa Thermal Park. For a natural Taupo spa, soak under a waterfall or relax in the natural rock pools whilst admiring the natural beauty of the crystal-clear waters of Waikato River. Is not the one of the best free activities in Taupo?
Location: County Avenue, Spa Thermal Park, Taupo
Opening Hours: Public Spot – Open 24/7
Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs
The DeBretts Taupo Hot Springs offer thermal mineral hot pools as well as some attractions just for the kids. The kids will love the dragon hydro slide, the two heated racing slides and the children’s interactive warm water playground. There are also private pools and spa treatments if you want to have more of a relaxing time.
Location: 76 Napier-Taupo Road, Taupo
Opening Hours: 8:30 am until 9:30 pm
Price: NZ $22 per adult and NZ $11 for each child
Tokaanu Thermal Pools
The Tokaanu Thermal Pools are private, natural mineral pools that are heated between 39˚C to 41˚C. It is recommended to enjoy the thermal pools before entering the large public pool, which is a chlorinated pool heated between 36˚C to 38˚C. Pre-schoolers have their own chlorinated pool situated right beside the main pool, heated to 36˚C.
While visiting the Tokaanu Thermal Pools, go exploring on the Tokaanu Thermal Walk. It is a short, easy walk around the thermal area where you will see the steaming hot mineral pools in sinter basins and spluttering mud pots among the native bush. The walk is a great option for the kids, too.
Location: Mangaroa Street, Tokaanu, Turangi
Opening Hours: 10 am until 9 pm. Open every day except Christmas Day.
Private Pools: NZ $12 per adult and NZ $8 for each child under 16. Children under five are free with a paying adult. Seniors (65+) NZ $10
Public Pools: NZ $8 per adult and NZ $6 for each child under 16. Children under five are free with a paying adult. Seniors (65+) NZ $7
No charge for spectators. Group discounts (for 10 or more people) are available on request.
AC Baths Hot Pools Taupo
Located just five minutes’ drive from the town centre of Taupo (and across the road from the Lake Taupo Holiday Resort which I highly recommend you stay at), AC Baths is an all-weather, family-friendly pool complex that is thermally heated using natural hot water.
This state-of-the-art complex will provide your family with hours of entertainment. Facilities include a large leisure outdoor pool with two toddler areas, two 25 metre lane pools, a tarzan swing, two hydro slides, and four private thermal mineral pools. The thermal pools are available to use at an extra cost. A sauna and café are also available on site. A day spent here is guaranteed to be an enjoyable day out for the family.
Location: 26 AC Baths Avenue, Taupo
Opening Hours: 6am until 9pm.
Price: NZ $8 per adult, NZ $5 for each child under 16, NZ $4 for each child under 5. Students (16 – 17 years) and Seniors (65+) NZ $5. Spectator NZ $1. Hydro slides pass – NZ $5. Private Thermal Pools – NZ $10 for 30 minutes, minimum of 2 people, 18 years and over.
10. Scenic Cruise on Lake Taupo
If you’re looking to spend a few hours relaxing, take a scenic 1.5 hour cruise on the pristine waters of Lake Taupo. Hop aboard the comfy, heated catamaran and sit back, relax and take in the live commentary and beautiful sights.
The boat is a great size – not overly big so it’s not too crowded, but also big enough to move around freely. The boat has upstairs and downstairs as well as a small standing area out the front. My pick is the downstairs area – here there are large windows to admire the lake from as well as being close to the outdoor viewing area when you want to get some fresh air or a closer look at the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu.
The highlight of the cruise is getting to the see the famous Maori rock carvings, one of the most famous Lake Taupo attractions. Whilst admiring the carvings the staff on board provide commentary about Maori mythology. After checking out the carvings, the staff do a trout fishing demonstration and even give a few guests the opportunity to catch their own trout. Unfortunately we didn’t catch any during our cruise – however we were provided with some lovely smoked trout to try.
Included in the cost is a coffee or tea and hot muffin, and over the school holidays there are extra activities for the kids. They can even get their skipper certificate!
The cruise was a lovely way to relax on Lake Taupo – perhaps not overly exciting for the young ones, but perfect for Mum and Dad to get some quiet time.
Location: Chris Jolly Outdoors – 16 Rauhoto Street, Taupo
Opening Hours: Cruises are at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm daily.
Price: NZ $46 per adult and NZ $18 per child (aged 5 to 16 years) or grab a family pass for $99 (2 adults and 2 children). Children under 5 years are free. Click here to book your tickets online.
If you plan on doing a scenic helicopter flight, jet boating as well as cruise on Lake Taupo – be sure to save yourself a few dollars and book a combined ticket. Click here for the Taupo Cruise Helicopter and jet Boating Combo.
11. Water Activities on Lake Taupo
Another great way to explore Lake Taupo is to hire a jet ski, kayak or stand up paddle board. There are a few different places around Lake Taupo where you can hire equipment, you can even hire a boat which would be ideal for a family outing.
12. Huka Falls Jet Boat Ride
If scenic cruises are too low-key for you, take an exhilarating 30-minute ride on the Huka Falls Jet Boat Taupo. Skimming the water at speeds up to 80 kph, you’ll have to hold on tight as the jet boat spins around 360 degrees, transporting you past the Aratiatia Dam and the Wairakei Geo-Thermal Power Station. You’ll be deafened by the roar of the powerful falls which can reach as high as 9.5 metres, depending on the water flow. The sheer exhilaration of the ride will leave you wanting more. This is perfect for those wanting to take their Taupo adventures up a notch or two!
You must pre-book your tickets for this experience. The price includes a return coach transfer from Taupo and use of a life jacket. For safety reasons, participants below 1 meter tall cannot participate in this activity.
Location: 201 Karetoto Road, Wairakei Tourist Park, Lake Taupo
Opening Hours: Daily at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm and 4 pm.
Price: NZ $135 per adult and NZ $88 per child (aged 15 and under). Family pass (2 adults, 2 children) NZ $359 – or save yourself a few dollars and book via Klook where the current price is NZ $128.25 per adult and NZ $84.55 per child (aged 15 and under). Family pass (2 adults, 2 children) NZ $341.05. Click here to get your discounted tickets.
If you plan on doing a cruise on Lake Taupo, a scenic helicopter flight as well as the jet boating – be sure to save yourself a few dollars and book a combined ticket. Click here for the Taupo Cruise Helicopter and jet Boating Combo.
13. The Squeeze Tour
The Squeeze is an adventure of a lifetime that takes you up close and personal with the beautiful New Zealand environment. Beginning with a scenic jet boat ride along the Waikato River, you will learn about the history and legends of the area while taking in the breath-taking scenery. Exit the boat into the warm water and start The Squeeze – move through narrow rocks and crevasses and become surrounded by the serenity of the bush. You will then enter the beautiful geothermal waters of the hot spring and cascading waterfalls. Then it’s time to prepare for the jet ride home where the driver will put the pedal to the metal and perform highly skilled manoeuvres and jet spins. This is an absolutely amazing way to see some of New Zealand’s waterways and bush that is usually missed.
I so wanted to do this trip whilst we were in Taupo, but we simply didn’t have enough time!
Location: New Zealand Riverjet, The Squeeze, Corner of State Highway 5 and Tutukau Road, Reporoa, Rotorua
Opening Hours: Open 7 days a week, 9am until 5pm. Tours depart at 11 am and 2pm.
Price: NZ $169 for adults, NZ $89 for children (aged 6 to 15 years old), NZ $455 for a family pass 9 2 adults, 2 children).
14. Hole in One Taupo
Rated in the top 100 things to do in New Zealand, Hole in One is a place to have fun and challenge yourself or your family. Established in 1993, it is a scenic spot where you aim at one of the three floating golf target and try to get a hole in one. If you get a hole in one, you win a prize! It is one of the cheapest activities in Taupo, and they will give you a refund if you don’t have fun!
Location: 61 Lake Terrace, Taupo
Opening Hours: Open 7 days 9am until 9pm
Price: $1.50 per ball, $15 for 18 balls, $25 for 25 balls, Long drive – 3 for $5. You receive a free ball every time you hit the pontoon.
15. Taupo Mini Golf
Who doesn’t love a game of mini golf? Opened in 1992 and owned by the same family ever since, Taupo Mini Golf is the only 18 hole mini golf course in Taupo. This well-maintained golf course is located on the lake front with an amazing view of the mountains, and is fun for all ages. If you get a hole in one on the 18th hole, you win a free game!
Location: 11 Northcroft Street, Taupo
Opening Hours: Open every day of the year except Christmas Day. Summer Hours 9am until evening, Winter Hours 9am until 5:30pm.
Price: NZ $12 per adult, NZ $8 for each child and NZ $2.50 for preschool (4 years and under). Email for pricing for group bookings.
16. Bungy Jumping
Adrenaline junkies unite! New Zealand is renowned for its bungy jumping experiences, and the Taupo Bungy Jumping is one of New Zealand’s most scenic jumps. Jumping from the platform 47 metres above the ground, your heart will race as you plunge toward the crystal-clear waters of the Waikato River. This is the highest water-touch bungy in New Zealand.
Get wet or stay dry…..the choice is yours. Bungy jump Taupo specialise in freefalls into the water below, so you can just dip your hands or go the whole hog and be fully submerged. After your jump is complete, take in the lovely scenery on your walk back to the office.
Available in solo or tandem jumps, this is a must-do activity for thrill seekers. Even the kids can do it! (must be aged 10 years and over). It’s also great to just go and watch – for free! The company also offers complimentary pick-ups and drop-offs.
Location: 202 Spa Road, Taupo
Opening Hours: Open daily from 9:30am – 4pm (Winter) or 9.30am – 5pm (Summer).
Price: Solo Bungy Jump: AUD $176.40 Tandem Bungy Jump: AUD $352.80. Jumpers must be aged 10 and over. Spectators are free. Click here to book your tickets online.
17. Taupo Cliffhanger Experience
If you enjoy jumping off tall cliffs, then have a go at the Taupo Cliffhanger Experience. Jumping from a platform that is 44 metres above the Waikato River, you will soar through the air at up to 70 kph in a nearly 180° arc. For an extra thrill, ask for the surprise release option as opposed to the countdown. Then take in the stunning views of the river and hinterland as the swinging speed slows.
You can choose to go solo or swing with a friend for an awesome shared experience. This is a one-of-a-kind way to see the amazing views of Taupo. This experience is suitable for children aged 10 and over. The company also offers complimentary pick-ups and drop-offs.
Location: 202 Spa Road, Taupo
Opening Hours: Open daily from 9:30am – 4pm (Winter) or 9.30am – 5pm (Summer).
Price: Solo – AUD $151.90 for adults, AUD $102.90 for children ages 10-15 years. Tandem – AUD $303.80 for 2 adults, AUD $254.80 for 1 adult and 1 child, AUD$107.80 for 2 children. Jumpers must be aged 10 and over. Click here to book your tickets online.
18. Taupo Tandem Skydiving
If 44 metres isn’t high enough for you, how about jumping from 15,000 feet?! With up to 60 seconds worth of freefall time, this is the ultimate adrenaline high.
Strap on your suit and chute and head up into the clouds above Lake Taupo and the mountains of Tongariro Park. With the choice of jumping from 12,000ft or 15,000ft, admire the amazing views while you approach jumping height. Once ready, you and your instructor will jump out the door for a freefall frenzy!
Once the parachute opens, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the scenery of Taupo while you soar gracefully towards the ground. You have the options to pay extra to get photos and videos of your jump to take the memories home with you. With free local pickup and free wifi on site, tick skydiving off your bucket list with the crew at Taupo Tandem Skydiving. There is no age limit for this experience, but children under the age of 18 need their parents or guardians written consent.
Location: Taupo Tandem Skydiving, Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport, Taupo
Opening Hours: Operating 7 days a week (weather permitting) closed Christmas Day, Boxing and New Years Day. Jump times are 9:20am, 11:40am and 2pm.
Price: From 12,000 feet – AUD $273.42
From 15,000 feet – AUD $351.82
19. Scenic Helicopter Flights
If you want to take in the views from up above but skydiving isn’t your cup of tea, how about a 15-minute scenic helicopter flight?
The flight starts in Taupo, making its way to the Huka Falls and 10-metre-high Maori Rock Carvings – two of the most inspirational scenic icons in the area. Watch in awe as 200,000 litres of water makes it way down a 20 metre drop into the pool below at Huka Falls.
To complete the flight, you are treated to the stunning views of Acacia Bay, Taupo Boat Harbour, Craters of the Moon and the Wairakei Geothermal Area. For views and an experience of New Zealand like no other, take a Taupo scenic helicopter flight.
Location: 33 Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport, Taupo
Opening Hours: Flights operate daily except Christmas Day. At the completion of purchase, you will need to contact the tour operator to book in a flight time that suits you.
Price: From NZ $198.80 per person, minimum 2 passengers required. Click here to book your tickets online.
If you plan on doing a cruise on Lake Taupo, jet boating as well as a scenic helicopter flight – be sure to save yourself a few dollars and book a combined ticket. Click here for the Taupo Cruise Helicopter and jet Boating Combo.
There are plenty of great places to stay in Taupo for families. We stayed at Lake Taupo Holiday Resort which I cannot recommend enough! Check out our review below.
Lake Taupo Holiday Resort
During our time in Taupo we stayed at the fabulous Lake Taupo Holiday Resort – this place is like heaven on earth for families and I found it hard to actually leave and go explore all the wonderful Taupo attractions and activities!
Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is located 3 kms from the town centre which is only a 4-minute drive or a 35-minute walk. It’s also only a short 20-minute walk to the Huka Falls Walkway.
The guys at Lake Taupo Holiday Resort have all sorts of accommodation to cover all kinds of travelling families. Check out the options below:
- Self-Contained: There are a range of self-contained units to accommodate groups of all sizes with studio rooms, as well as 2 and 3 bedrooms. There are units large enough to accommodate up to 10 guests. Self-contained units start at NZ $157 per night and go right up to $452 per night with all price points in between.
- Camp and Caravan Sites: The resort offers both powered and non-powered sites. Sites start at NZ $44 per night and include all the parks fantastic facilities – see below.
During our few days at Lake Taupo Holiday Resort we stayed the Wimbledon Cottage which is a massive 3 bedroom self contained cottage. The place was more like a swanky apartment! There was a great size kitchen, dining area and lounge, as well as a massive private deck which had lovely bushland views. The bedrooms where spacious too, with one bedroom having 2 singles and another with a queen bed. The master bedroom was huge and had a stunning ensuite – seriously I couldn’t believe I was staying in a holiday park!
The cottage had everything a family would need to easily stay a week or more! The kitchen was fully stocked including hot plates, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge/freezer, cutlery and plates. I also loved the deck outside with outdoor setting, perfect for having your meals in the fresh air. There are table and chairs inside as well.
Our cottage was lovely, and I highly recommend for a family staying in Taupo. I would stay here again in a heart beat!
This is where Lake Taupo Holiday Resort really shines. These guys have so much going on that you will never want to leave! And it’s not just for the kids, the parents are well and truly taken care of as well.
Check out all their facilities:
- Swimming Pool: This is where you would have found me most of the time during our stay! This pool was amazing. It’s a thermally heated, tropical style pool with a swim up bar and café!!! And that’s not all – it also has an underwater cave, spa and a giant outdoor movie screen and small kids water play area. This would have to be one of the best swimming pool areas I have ever been too.
- Jumping Pillow: Apparently this is the largest jumping pillow in New Zealand!!! And for the little munchkins they even have a tiny baby jumping pillow.
- Playground: Adventure playground with a jungle gym, swings and slides.
- BBQ Facilities: 3 different BBQ area where guests can use the gas BBQ’s for free. We made use of these BBQs both nights we stayed.
- On site shop which sells the basics such as a bread, milk, coffee, chocolate and ice creams.
- Facilities for the campers include TV room, laundry, kitchen, shower block. I loved how all the camp sites had their very own picnic bench as well.
- And more such as beach volleyball, basketball court, tennis courts, games rooms and you can even hire bikes and 3 or 4-wheeler pedal go karts.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lake Taupo Holiday Resort and would recommend it for families who want a great place to stay in Taupo with the kids. But don’t take my word for it, 78% of people on TripAdvisor rate it as excellent or very good.
For accommodation of this standard I was completely surprised at the price – self contained cabins start at NZ $157 per night. Given that this is not just a place to stay, but a place to play all day as well, I think that this Taupo holiday park is exceptional value! Just a word of warning though – you may never leave the resort and see everything that Taupo has to offer!
Other Places to Stay in Taupo
If Lake Taupo Holiday Resort is booked out during your visit (I really hope it isn’t!!!), here are a few other family friendly Taupo motels to consider:
- The Absolute Lake View Motel is the ultimate Taupo lakefront accommodation, located on the shores of Lake Taupo and only a few minutes’ walk to shops and restaurants.
- Facilities include an indoor heated pool, spa, sauna, BBQ facilities, laundry and gym equipment.
- Family rooms include 2 double beds and 2 singles, free WiFi, TV, bathroom, sitting area, tea and coffee making facilities, microwave, sofa, dining area, kitchenware, toaster and refrigerator.
- 62% of people on TripAdvisor rate this hotel as above average.
- At the time of publishing the best rate was AUD $181 per night for 2 adults and 2 children on Booking.com.
- Wellesley on the Lake is one of the best Lake Taupo hotels, located on the shores of Lake Taupo (where the swimming area is) and only a short 10-minute walk to town’s shops and restaurants.
- Facilities include an onsite restaurant and swimming pool.
- Family rooms include 2 rooms, with the main room including 1 double bed and living area, whilst the other room contains 2 single bed. Family rooms also include free WiFi, TV, bathroom, sitting area, tea and coffee making facilities and refrigerator.
- 46% of people on TripAdvisor rate this hotel as above average.
- At the time of publishing the best rate was AUD $142 per night for 2 adults and 2 children on Agoda.
- The Courtney Motel is just a 1-minute walk to the shores of Lake Taupo and only a 10-minute walk to town’s shops and restaurants. It is one of many cheap motels in Taupo.
- Facilities include a heated swimming pool and BBQ facilities.
- Family rooms are 2-bedroom apartments with 1 double bed in 1 room and 2 singles in the other room. The apartments contain a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, lounge room and washing machine.
- 60% of people on TripAdvisor rate this hotel as above average.
- At the time of publishing the best rate was AUD $132 per night for 2 adults and 2 children on Booking.com.
Thank you to Lake Taupo Holiday Resort, Chris Jolly, Huka Prawn and Orakei Korako for hosting us during our visit. Of course, all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in anyway.
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