Waikato River activities

Waikato River Trails

The Waikato River Cycle trails run for around 100km. They cover some of the greenest native bish area, exotic forestets and most interesting historical landmarks in New Zealand.
Waikato River trails vary in difficulty but generally suitable to all levels of riders, a member of the New Zealand Cycle trails network. Due to the close proximity to some large cities and population the Waikato River trails are popular. Easy access to explore different parts of the trail rather than trying to do all at once
The Waikato river is New Zealand’s longest river so covers a variety of undulating trails. Boardwalks, streams and some very cool Suspension bridges.

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Trail Map 
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The Squeeze – New Zealand River Jet

New Zealand Riverjet is the only commercial operator for the infamous “Squeeze”. A scenic Jetboat ride that takes off from their base between Taupo and Rotorua. The Squeeze is a unique look into a place that once only known by the “Locals”.

After the jetboat ride squeeze your way through a tight gap between 50 meter tall walls. Walk in knee deep water towards the natural gap in the cliff face. After manouvering your way through the narrow squeeze and climbing boulders you come out into a stunning native Bush and hot thermal water pools. Take a soak, sit behind the waterfall and literally taste 100% pure New Zealand

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More Jetboat cruises

Kayak Tour

Canoe or Kayak trips are a great way to take in the natural beauty that New Zealand and the Waikato river has to offer.

Taupo Kayaking adventures:
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.

Canoe & Kayak Taupo:

The tour is approx. 1.15 hrs on the water (2hrs return trip including transport) depending on group size and river flow.
We start & finish at the store (54 Spa Rd, Taupo), then transport you to and from the river.
You can leave your valuables in a secure locked area. This tour is suitable for children 4yrs+ (each child must be accompanied by an adult). Choose from a selection of double or single kayaks. Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour is scheduled to depart.
Tours run throughout the year in fair weather conditions.
No experience necessary.
Bookings essential.