Right in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, Taupo showcases stunning scenery, activities and attractions that delight people of all walks of life. Whether you are looking to get amongst the great outdoors with the family, spend a weekend in the lap of luxury or find the ultimate adrenaline buzz - there’s plenty on offer.
There’s something in the water
The stunning aquamarine waters of Taupo, Australasia's largest freshwater lake is one of the world's best trout fisheries. It attracts fly fishing enthusiasts from all over the world. To give you some perspective, Lake Taupo is about the same size as Singapore, making it the perfect aquatic playground.
Fishing charters, scenic boat trips, kayaking and water-skiing are popular activities here, too. If you are more interested in arts and culture, take a boat cruise or paddle your kayak to Mine Bay and check out the amazing 14-metre-high carving of the tattooed face of Ngātoroirangi. This is one of New Zealand’s greatest contemporary Maori artworks, only accessible by boat.
If you're not keen on getting out on the water, there are some great walks and bike trails on Taupo's shores. There are plenty more scenic wonders close by - including the Tongariro River, Waikato River, Huka Falls and Tongariro National Park. There's also the Geothermal wonderland that's aptly named the Craters of the Moon. If you visit in winter, bring your skis and snowboards and enjoy some time in the snow at Mt Ruapehu.
If you’re more of a land-wanderer
If you're ready to take to the land or even soar through the skies - rather than water - the Cliffhanger Extreme Swing is a great way to get an adrenaline buzz. And you can do it without the need to leap headfirst off a platform. It could be likened to a sitting-down version of bungy jumping, with the rush of a free-fall and speeds of up to 70km per hour.
We recommend enjoying the Extreme Swing in tandem - so you can share the mind-blowing rush of swaying off a cliff over the jade-green waters of the Waikato River. There is no need to feel nervous about this experience. You will both be safely harnessed into the swing to enjoy the view. When you least expect it, one of the operators will pull the pin, and you will plummet towards the river.
Who is the Cliffhanger for?
This experience is more accessible for families, as it has fewer restrictions than bungy jumping. Participants need to be at least ten years of age for both the Extreme Swing and the Taupo Bungy. However, the minimum weight for the Extreme Swing is only 30kg (whereas, the bungy requires at least 45kg).
The Cliffhanger crew also provide small custom-made harnesses for children aged between 10 - 15 years. Kids can enjoy this challenge by themselves or in tandem with an adult - if they need additional support. Beyond this, conquering the Extreme Swing by themselves is a great way to foster independence and boost self-esteem.
Tip: Taupo has a buzzing cafē culture, stunning local produce and luxury lodges for a fine dining experience that rivals some of the worlds best. So make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to explore.