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We’ll whisk you away from town and drive a short distance to the banks of the pristine Lower Tongariro where your adventure begins.
On board your raft, the whole family can pitch in and paddle, or simply sit back and relax while your guide does all the work.
The gentle currents will carry you along with regular areas of small, bouncy splashy rapids – enough to keep you on your toes without scaring your grandma – the kids will love it!
Our awesome highly trained guides are experts at calming any first-time nerves. They’ll keep you entertained and tell you all about the sensational scenery and wildlife you’ll see while you’re floating along.
Unforgettable adventures await as you navigate 60 rapids in a 13km stretch – more rapids in one stretch than anywhere in New Zealand, how cool is that?
The Tongariro River’s grade 3 rapids are perfect for first-time rafters: thrills and spills galore without any extreme drops requiring experience.
Your pulse will be racing and your senses will be overloaded with all sorts of awesome.
When you’re in the moment – just you, your fellow rafters and the thundering water, you’ll truly understand why white water rafting is so so addictive!
We love nothing more than seeing the excitement on your face as you conquer the white water rapids of the Tongariro.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rated as the best one-day hike in New Zealand. Trek across a volcanic alpine landscape of dramatic contrasts – steaming vents, glacial valleys, ancient lava flows, alpine vegetation and vivid crater lakes, all with stunning views. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an incredible 19km journey through the Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO Dual World Heritage Park recognised for its spiritual and cultural significance as well as its outstanding volcanic features. The trail takes in some of the most dramatic landscapes you will ever see — cold mountain springs, ancient lava flows, steam vents and the spectacular Emerald Lakes.
Flowing north from the snow-clad peaks of Tongariro National Park, the pristine Tongariro River is one of the world’s best places to catch trout. With three-quarters of a million rainbow and brown trout spawning in the Tongariro River every year, their chances of landing one are pretty good. There are guided white water rafting trips for all ages and levels of adventurousness – from families looking for gentle excitement and a leisurely paddle through lush gorges and native bush, to adrenaline junkies after a thrilling, rapid-shooting ride. The Tongariro River Trail is a rolling, family-friendly track for walking and mountain-biking, with stunning views of the river, Mt Pihanga and Lake Taupō.
Born on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, the longest river in New Zealand drains Lake Taupō through Taupō town, blasts through a narrow rock chasm to create the Huka Falls, then winds more peacefully northwards towards Port Waikato, south of Auckland. Travelling the Waikato (meaning ‘flowing water’) by river float, scenic boat cruise or jet boat is one of the best ways to experience its power and beauty. Most sections are calm and scenic, while other sections like Huka Falls are turbulent and impassable.
The giant Mine Bay Māori rock carving of Ngātoroirangi on Lake Taupō has been hailed as one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary contemporary Māori artworks. Towering 14-metres above the deep water of Lake Taupō, the carving has become one of the North Island’s biggest tourist attractions. The Mine Bay Māori rock carvings are accessible by boat only, and can be reached by taking a scenic cruise, sailing boat or kayaking trip from Taupō Boat Harbour.
At the heart of New Zealand’s central volcanic plateau sits the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, Lake Taupō. This huge, shining expanse of water, moving between aquamarine blue and jade green, is crystal-clear to a depth of 13 metres. It is home to one of the best wild trout fisheries in the world, more than 30 species of water bird, several types of native fish and native kōura (crayfish). It’s known by local tangata whenua (‘people of the land’) as Taupō Moana, the 'inland sea of New Zealand'. You can enjoy fishing charters, scenic boat tours, waterskiing, kayaking, paddle-boarding and the extraordinary Māori rock carvings at Mine Bay.
Bask in the breathtaking natural beauty of Taupo from Hilton Lake Taupo. Nestled among the epic scenery of Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island, our hotel was originally built in 1889 as The Terraces Hotel. Experience awe inspiring natural beauty and stunning blue water as well as the best trout fishing in the world. Choose from 113 contemporary rooms, suites and apartments in our Heritage Wing, boasting spectacular lake and thermal valley views or our newer wing with sweeping vistas of Lake Taupo or Onekeneke Thermal Valley. Hit the fitness center for a workout or play a match on the tennis courts. Our sauna, steam room and heated spa pool are great places to unwind at the end of the day.
Chris Jolly Outdoors is Taupo's leading outdoor activity provider offering private charters, daily scenic cruises, guided hiking, corporate adventures, biking and fly fishing. Our company has been around for almost 40 years, and we know how to entertain you in style.
Whatever your bucket list entails, our team of professionals have the expertise to tailor a unique experience for you in the Taupo region.
Whether you are a family, a group or a couple wanting a break away from your busy life, let us look after you in style.
We are a trusted family business who has entertained the best the world has to offer for almost four decades. If you're choosing Taupo, choose us... you'll be glad you did.
Huka Lodge has enjoyed a location of great natural beauty, on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, since it was founded as a very simple trout fishing camp, in 1924. This legendary retreat continues to define absolute style, while offering privacy and relaxation, with authentic outdoor adventure, for those who appreciate exquisite cuisine, personal service and unique experiences.
With just 25 guest suites, including two superb private cottages, within 17-acres of magnificent grounds, this is truly an exclusive experience. Huka Lodge proudly takes its place amongst the world’s best retreats – with its reputation and awards all richly deserved.