Maori Rock Carvings
Beginning in the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay, come out with us and explore the secluded Rock Carvings at Mine Bay. Paddle below native bush, past steep cliffs and mini inlets that can only harbour a kayak before the amazing 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!
Full Day Tour
If you’re looking for a longer day experience on the water, this is the trip for you.
We’ll begin our adventure in the sheltered waters of Acacia Bay. We paddle below native bush, pass steep cliffs and inlets that can only harbour a kayak, then prepare to be wowed by the Maori Rock Carvings towering 14-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.
Evening on the Lake
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?
Waikato River Float
Gently paddle through the un spoilt beauty of the Waikato River, through the pumice gorge with crystal clear slow moving water. Be amazed by the stunning cliff faces and lush native forest. We begin our journey just minutes from Taupo Town Centre and finishes at Reids farm, which is located 900m from the Huka Falls.
Whilst paddling we will pass various islands and swimming spots and drift past the bungy platform (let’s hope someone’s jumping). Along the way we will stop at the natural hot springs where you can take the opportunity to soak in the beautiful mineral water. At the end of this trip we will stop for refreshments.
Geothermal Kayak & Walk Adventure (Orakei Korako)
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 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, mud pools and look out for the steam beds as we approach every corner through the gorge.
Geothermal Walk and Waterfall (Squeeze Trip) Adventure
Starting from our base in Taupo, we will take you to the hidden valley of Orakei Korako Geothermal Park where you can explore a volcanic world of gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools and some of the largest and most amazing silica terraces in the world.
Orakei Korako boasts the most active geysers of any geothermal park in New Zealand. Up to 23 active natural geysers play freely through the area, which is constantly changing. Marvel at the number of boiling hot springs and the vibrant colours all around you, or take a native bushwalk through this untouched geothermal paradise. The Lonely Planet Guide describes Orakei Korako as “…arguably the best thermal area left in New Zealand”.
The Squeeze Trip
Our squeeze trip is without a doubt the best way to experience the spectacular scenery through the Waikato River and down to paradise valley.
We begin our adventure at the Tutukau Bridge, that leads us through the remarkable landscapes and natural beauty of the gorge and past the hidden valley (Orakei Korako, geothermal park) where you can see gushing geysers, silica terraces and boiling mud pools from sitting in your kayak.
On this trip we will take you through the wilderness. You will sense the feeling of isolation and freedom.
We will be paddling on the Hinemaiai dam, an early hydro lake which gave Taupo its first electricity back in 1953.
It is a gentle paddle across calm water/ stream through native bush covered hills, pumice cliffs.
The Ultimate Escape
On our Ultimate Escape trip, we’ll take you across the pristine waters of Lake Taupo by boat (catamaran) to the remote shores of the Western Bays. Here you’ll see some of Lake Taupo’s most spectacular scenery, only accessible by water.
We launch the kayaks into the lake and paddle to the base of the spectacular Waihaha Waterfall, while taking in the beautiful natural scenery that surrounds the area. On return to the boat, we stop for a gourmet barbeque lunch, and a chance to swim in the crystal clear waters. After lunch we continue onto the Otopuotu Falls, a unique spot where water cascades off the cliff straight into the lake. At the end of the day, while cruising back to Taupo, enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly or beer.