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13 Things to do in Taupo on a Rainy Day

What to do on a rainy day in Taupo.

Sometimes it rains in Taupo… That’s Ok, because there are plenty of things to in Taupo on a rainy day! From indoor attractions to activities where you are going to get wet anyway, there are heaps of rainy day activities in Taupo.

We’ve picked out some awesome indoor activities like a 6D Cinema, free honey tastings and a wander around a museum, as well as some great water activities where you won’t even know it’s raining, such as thermal hot pools, white water rafting and wake boarding. So take a look at the list below a fun-filled day of entertainment on those wet weather days.

One last note, if it’s raining that hard that you don’t even want to step out of your hostel, then check out our 12 Things to Do in a Hostel on a Rainy Day!

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1. Keep warm in a hot pool

With heaps of geothermal activity in the area, finding a hot pool in Taupo isn’t exactly difficult. Plus, if you’re going to get wet from the rain, at least be warm at the same time! Your hot pool offerings in Taupo include the free Hot Water Stream at Spa Thermal Park (entrance off Spa Road), AC Baths (on AC Baths Avenue) for affordable bathing, and DeBretts (76 Napier-Taupo Road) and Wairakei Terraces (State Highway 1) for more luxurious bathing.

For more hot pools, check out 7 Free Natural Hot Springs in New Zealand.

2. Crafty Trout Brewery

Drink your rainy day sorrows away at the Crafty Trout Brewery. Try some locally-crafted beer and cider with a NZ$25 tasting rack and take a NZ$10 tour around the brewery! All without having to step out into the rain! For more beer-related goodness, check out 5 Brewery Tours in New Zealand.

Location: 135 Tongariro Street

3. Go to the 6D cinema

If all your activities are cancelled because of the weather, well just experience them at the 6D cinema instead! Experience skydiving, jetboating, helicopter flights and white water rafting on this simulated ride with hydraulic seating, 3D glasses and air/water sprayers. We can’t promise you won’t get wet though… Additionally, there is the normal Starlight Cinema on Horomatangi Street.

Location: 6D Adventure Cinema at Rafting New Zealand Adventure Centre – 47 Ruapehu Street.
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4. Wise up at the Taupo Museum

Going to the museum is always a life-saver on a rainy day! For just NZ$5, look at the ever-changing displays of local art exhibitions. Check out the display of Maori artifacts in the Tuwharetoa Gallery, trinkets from New Zealand’s European settlers in the Kiwiana Caravan, step into a Maori meeting house, and learn about the region’s volcanic past.

Location: Story Place (between Super Loo and the Rose Gardens)

5. Go White Water rafting

With the idea that you’re going to get wet anyway, take a white water rafting trip from Taupo! Tongariro River Rafting and Rafting New Zealand can take you on a grade 3 adventure on the stunning Tongariro River. Or amp it up with Rafting New Zealand on the grade 5 Waioroa River! For more about rafting, take a look at 7 Places to go White Water Rafting in New Zealand.

Location: Rafting New Zealand Adventure Centre – 47 Ruapehu Street, Tongariro River Rafting – 95 Atirau Road, Turangi (can organise Taupo pick-up).

6. Watch some glass blowing at Lava Glass

Nothing will keep you warm quite like standing near a glass-blowing furnace! Watch the mesmerising art of glass-blowing at Lava Glass for just NZ$5 and take a look at the collection of beautiful glass art.

Location: 165 State Highway 5

7. Hook yourself a prawn at the Huka Prawn Park

Most of the Huka Prawn Park is undercover so you don’t need to get wet to hook yourself some lunch at the Huka Prawn Park. Check out the trout in the underwater observatory, catch some prawns in prawn fishing and see the prawns in the nursery and hatchery. This and more foodie experiences can be found at Cheap Eats in Taupo.

Location: Karetoto Road

8. Test your skills at the Edge Indoor Rock Wall

You don’t need to be outside to do rock climbing in Taupo. Challenge yourself to climbs grading from 12 to 29 on this 12m-high wall situated at the Events Centre. The facility is also pretty afforadable at NZ$10-$12.

Location: 26 AC Baths Avenue

9. Try out wake Boarding

Another activity where you are going to get wet anyway, the Taupo Wake Park is a great place to try out wake boarding or water skiing! Whatever the weather, you can learn to wake board on this custom-built cable pulling boarders and skiers across the lake. You can even run around in a water walking ball if you like.

Location: 201 Karetoto Road

10. Try some honey at the Huka Honey Hive

Another great indoor attraction in Taupo, the Huka Honey Hive offers plenty of free tastings and a look at the bees at work in a glass display. What’s more, it’s free!

Location: 65 Karetoto Road

11. Learn about Volcanoes in the Volcanic Activity Centre

Considering you are in the Taupo Volcanic Zone, and it’s raining, why not visit the indoor attraction of The Volcanic Activity Centre? Get into the nitty gritty of what’s happening underneath the earth you are standing on with interactive displays, a live geyser model, a microscope, earthquake simulator and cinema.

Location: 114 Karetoto Road

12. Go on a Taupo food trail

The great thing about cafes and restaurants are that they are indoors! (And they serve food, which is kind of nice too). Mix food and art at the L’Arte Café and Sculpture Garden or check out our Cheap Eats in Taupo article.

Location: L’Arte Café and Sculpture Garden –

13. Watch New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year!

Who doesn’t like a binge-watching session on YouTube? Get inspiration for your New Zealand travels by watching New Zealand’s Biggest Gap Year on YouTube where the team behind BackpackerGuide.NZ challenge themselves to do 365 Days: 365 Activities in New Zealand. Don’t for get to subscribe!

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