Activity Category: Taupo

Spoon & Paddle, Taupo

Spoon and Paddle Taupo

Set in a 1950s villa, this cafe is light, airy and serves great tasting food. They cater well for dietary requirements like GF with a menu that covers breakfast, lunch and sweet treats. People also rate their coffee pretty highly! Owned by parents to a young family, children are always…

Besley Park playground, Acacia Bay, Taupo

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Away from the throngs of people that can crowd the centre of Taupo at certain times of the year, this playground was replaced in 2016 and has a pirate ship at its centre. With opportunities for climbing, sliding and lots of role play especially with the steering wheel. There’s a…

The Taupo Market

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If you’re in or passing through Taupo on a Saturday this weekly market is worth checking out. Whether you’re stocking up on picnic ingredients, looking for a snack to eat there and then or the kids are have pocket money to spend, there are over 60 stalls to look at. Most…

Huka Prawn Park, Taupo

Huka Prawn Park

This has been consistently recommended by lots of families as being a great place to go for a family day out. There are lots of things to do and while some families only go to fish for prawns, others never make it fishing and spend their time enjoying all of…

Tongariro National Trout Centre, near Turangi


For kids and their carers that like fishing, this is an interesting place to go to, whether you make a special trip to get there or stop on a road trip along SH1. The centre is home to the national trout hatchery and spotting these fish from their tiny baby…

AC Baths, Taupo


No matter what the weather is like, these thermally heated pools will keep everyone busy and use up some energy! There’s lane swimming, a separate leisure pool with 2 toddler areas, 2 hydroslides, a tarzan swing and private pools available within this complex. There is also a sauna but for…

Orakei Korako – the Hidden Valley, Taupo


If you want to see the usual features of Geothermal activity that they have in the thermal parks in Rotorua but you can’t make it there or just want to avoid the throngs of tourists, consider going here instead. Situated on the artificial lake Ohakuri, created for hydro power, a…

Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

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Often considered to be one of the best and most spectacular of the thermal parks, it can get busy with tourist groups, especially if the weather is good. It is a big outlay for a whole family but Waiotapu is actually one of the cheaper thermal parks in Rotorua and if your kids…

Starlight Cinema, Taupo

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Did you know that there’s a small cinema showing a range of the latest movies right in Taupo. This is an excellent option if the weather is bad and your kids are into watching movies!

Huka Falls, north of Taupo

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This is New Zealand’s most visited natural attraction (apparently!) but don’t let that put you off taking your kids there for a look. To find out more about why the Huka Falls exist, check out the website link under contacts. This link also has info on the various walks available…