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8 Taupo theme & leisure parks, family fun sorted

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North Island, New Zealand

Where to go sunshine or rain in Taupo

Whether rain or shine you need to get the kids sorted with holiday activities. Sometimes holidays with kids is about organized entertainment. This means parents and family members can relax and get into the vibe of getting lost in a giant maze or petting farm animals.

Taupo excels at theme and leisure parks where the hard work of inspiring kids to have a good time is organised. And it does not matter if it is raining, the sheer joy makes up for the drizzle. Best things to do on holiday sometimes include a theme park, you’re with the kids, enjoy the moment.  The oldie but goodie, Taupo’s bungy jump is still going strong after 30 years of operation.

Taupo theme & leisure park activities – is part of the Taupo tours & excursions guide. Scroll through the guide for more trip ideas from Maori Rock Carvings to bungy jumping.

@Mind Junction Activity Park
@Mind Junction Activity Park
  1. Mind Junction: Taupo Family Attractions and Activities

Mind Junction is a Rolls Royce of entertainment venues. A must visit Taupo attraction worthy of any kids bucket list. On rainy days there is the Discovery Centre’s optical illusions and mirror to beguile the senses. The LEGO display is inspirational and you wonder where you packed your kid’s lego set. Mini golf spoils visitors with and-filled Astroturf, not only does the surface feel like a real putting green. Perfect for kids, and adults will definitely find the child in all of us.

Need to burn some energy off the bouncing kids. Then Rock n’ Ropes is a challenging high wire course for all ages. There is a trapeze.

  1. Rock n’ Ropes

Rock n’ Ropes: Challenge yourself on this high wire ropes course for all ages. Choose from the trapeze, high log or giant swing. The ultimate test for parenting is the Rock Drop. A leap of faith where participants jump from a 5 story tower with no ropes or harness, it’s a free fall. The fall is cushioned by an enormous air bag as visitors let go with a scream of triumph.

  1. The Edge Indoor Rock Wall

The Edge Indoor Rock Wall is another great all weather, rainy day activity. The Indoor Rockwall is an all-weather adventure climbing wall suitable for all ages and climbing abilities. Standing 12 metres high the climbing wall is a way to explore the inner climber in you. It is challenging in a safe environment where skilled guides support you every step of the way.

  • Harnesses and climbing shoes available to hire. Please note you must bring a belayer to climb.
  • For climbers aged 12 years and under, parents must stay onsite for the duration of the child’s visit
  • For climbers aged 13-15 years of age, parents must stay onsite until the child is deemed competent to climb
@Lilliput Taupo Animal Park
@Lilliput Taupo Animal Park
  1. Farm animal tours for kids

An ideal day out for urban kids entranced with farm animals. There is a wide assortment of animals from donkeys, ponies, emus, goats, sheep, deer, llamas, alpacas, pigs, feathered animals, ducks, chickens, parrots and turtles. The playground, picnic areas and ride on kids equipment means there is a variety of activities to engage children’s attention. Lilliput Farm Taupo offers hand feeding opportunities and baby animals to watch. There are even cuddling options with rabbits and guinea pigs in a quiet room to gain kids confidence with animals. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day out at Lilliput Farm.

  1. Lions Express train

It’s quirky holiday fun, it does not cost the earth the Taupo Lakeland Lions Lions Express train rides the monorail in the Taupo town centre. Combine with one of the family friendly cafes for a day exploring the town centre.

This attraction is largely running during the school holidays. Check before promising the kids a ride. The ride operates in the Tongariro Domain.

  1. Fat Tyre Segway

Fat Tyre Segway is pure holiday magic. The fat tyres and comfortable seating makes this a tour for everyone. Teenage heaven where they control the wheels. After a short training session you go off road to find your secret geothermal spot to soak the feet in.

There is the option of Craters E-Venture Park and forest trail tour. Extension tours introduce visitors native edible & medicinal flora.

Lake Taupo Shore Sunrise, NZ
Lake Taupo Shore Sunrise, NZ
  1. Craters Mountain Bike Park

A purpose-built mountain bike park with over 50km of trails for all levels. Craters Mountain Bike Park has around 50km of bike trails to suit all abilities. There are plenty of options to choose from, allowing you to escape for just an hour or two or have a full day on the trails. All trails run in and out of exotic pine and eucalyptus plantations, with some stunning views of Lake Taupo and the Waikato River. The volcanic pumice soils allow for year round riding with free draining qualities that are not found anywhere else in New Zealand.

Please note: All users of Craters Mountain Bike Park must be Bike Taupo members. Annual and visitor membership options are available. You can join online at Bike Taupo.


Get yourself, the kids, family and friends on two wheels for an adventure, scroll through Ride, cycle and explore mountain bike trails in Taupo for holiday inspiration and start packing.

Great Lake Trail Taupo

Great Lake trail is one of the 22 GREAT RIDES NEW ZEALAND. The Great Lake trail is through the heartland of volcanic New Zealand. Dense green native forests, waterfalls in remote parts of the Taupo district and suspension bridges over gorges. Two to three epic days with cycle hire, support and logistics for an adventure on wheels in New Zealand.

Great Lake Trail Lake Taupo 2-Day Mountain Biking Tour

Ride the Great Lake Trail on this 2-day Grade 3 mountain biking tour, a perfect way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Great Lake Taupo region. You will be biking the 19.5 km Kawakawa section (Orakau & K2K) on Day 1 and the 21km W2K section on Day 2. The Great Lake Trail is one of the most popular trails of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network.

Lake side flowers on a windy day, Lake Taupo, NZ
Lake side flowers on a windy day, Lake Taupo, NZ
@Taupo Museum
@Taupo Museum
  1. Taupo museum

The local museum delves into the heritage of the local iwi (tribe) Ngati Tuwharetoa with the highlight a 15metre waka (canoe) carved from a single massive totara log. The museum brings art to life with an interactive app making art appealing to kids. The truly earth shaking Ōruanui volcano eruption 25,000 years ago is innovatively explained. Lake Taupo is the evidence of this massive earth displacement. Lake Taupo is a crater lake, a definite wow moment for kids to comprehend the scale of the eruption. The Museum has an ever-changing selection of inventively curated exhibitions and a shop – He Taonga Iti – that sells prints and souvenirs of locally made artisan pieces.

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