Venture out on stunning Taupo hiking and walking tracks with our experienced hiking guides.

The history of this volcanic region combined with the stunning scenery, crystal clear rivers, a huge lake and strong Maori culture make Taupo guided hikes and walks some of the best in the country. Concession permits issued by the Department of Conservation support professionalism, safety training and experience of the Company and guides.

What you must bring: Good walking boots, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, waterproof jacket and appropriate clothing for weather conditions. We know all the hikes in Taupo and suggest all non-essential valuables are left at accommodation as vehicles can be parked in isolated areas.

All hikes include 4WD transport from local accommodation. Prices are based on maximum of 4 people –larger groups priced on application. A picnic lunch is available for all walks at a cost of $30 pp.

Bird watchers walks

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Opepe walk

Travel time is approx. 30 minutes each way and the rest of the time will be spent in the bush. The terrain is easy and the walk is interesting. There is a great variety of native New Zealand birds and stunning native forest.

We supply small binoculars and pack if required. If requested we can provide a morning/afternoon tea at an extra cost $10 per person.

This is a nice short walk for those interested in bird watching but only have a limited time frame.

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Rotopounamu walk

For a longer bird watching walk see Lake Rotopounamu hike below.

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Half day guided hikes

South-side, Rotopounamu walk

Lake Rotopounamu hike

This ‘Greenstone Lake’ nestled on the side of Mt Pihanga to the south of Taupo is a special place for tree lovers and birdwatchers. It was formed by a giant landslide 10,000 years ago and the walk around the lake through stunning native bush makes for a very enjoyable outing.

Walk time 2.5 hours approx.

Medium level of fitness required.

Allow 5 hours

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Silica Rapids walks

Tongariro National Park: Silica Rapids hike

Sub alpine plants, tussock country and mountain beech forest offer an interesting walk to view the terraces of the Silica Rapids and the spectacle of the surrounding mountains.

Walk time 2.5hours. Travel 2.5 hours return. Medium level of fitness required. (We recommend visiting the Whakapapa Visitor Centre if time allows).

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Taranaki Falls walks

Tongariro National Park: Taranaki Falls hike

Walk across easy mountainous terrain to view these spectacular falls. Walk time 2 hours. Travel 2.5 hours return. Medium level of fitness required. (It is advisable to visit the Whakapapa Visitor Centre – if time allows)

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Full day guided hikes


Tongariro Alpine Crossing

One of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’ – a must do in this area. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular tramping tracks, and is considered the most popular one-day tramp in New Zealand. The Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage site which has the distinction of dual status, as it has been acknowledged for both its natural and cultural significance.

The crossing passes over the volcanic terrain of the multi-cratered active volcano Mt Tongariro, passing the eastern base of Mt Ngauruhoe. The 19.4 km walk is renowned for its barren yet beautiful ‘moon like’ volcanic landscape, unusual geological features, visible volcanic activity and views of the surrounding countryside below.

Allow 6-7 hours on the track, 2 hours return travel.
A high level of fitness required.
2-4 pax maximum.

Chris Jolly Outdoors holds a Department of Conservation (DoC) concession for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

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Waihaha river hike

This is a great walk following the Waihaha River on the western side of Lake Taupo, through a picturesque gorge and Beech trees ascending a ridge and then down again to the river. The walk tracks through Podocarp hardwood forest and finishes at the Waihaha hut. The return is via the same track.

Walk time: 5 hours.
Travel: 1.5 hours return.

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Waihohonu hut hike

Enter the Tongariro National Park from the Desert Road. A moderately easy walk through tussock land and Beech Forest to the historic hut used as a stop-over for stage coaches. From here you walk to view the pristine waters of Ohinepango Springs then return to Desert Road.

Walk time: 4 hours.
Travel: 2.5 hours return.

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Tama Lakes hike

This is a good alternative to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and not so weather dependent. The Tama Lakes occupy several old explosion craters on the Tama Saddle between Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe. There is an overview of the lower lake, and then the track climbs steeply to the upper lake.

Walk time: 6 hours.
Travel: 2 hours return.
A medium –high level of fitness is required for the full day hikes.

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Heli hikes

4WD transport from local accommodation to start of walk – helicopter return – please apply for quote on Helicopter returns.

Boyd to Oamaru Hike

This is a new full day hike and a very good alternative to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing if you prefer a challenging hike in a remote and beautiful stretch of New Zealand Forest Park. You are unlikely to encounter others on this hike which is a huge plus for many. Helicopter transfers are required for this hike.

Situated between the Mohaka and Ngaruroro rivers lies a hiking track crossing multiple rivers and passing through four different landscapes. You will be flown in by helicopter to the Boyd Hut where this excursion begins. You will cross the Ngaruroro River and make your way through open tussock grasslands while climbing onto the Waitawhero Saddle for a magnificent view of the valley.

Descend into a native beech forest following the Waitawhero stream – the forest is creating the second landscape on the trail – which leads you to the Oamaru River. From here the environment changes to a wide river passing through a less dense forest covered in moss. There are scenic views over the river and the forest gives shelter from both rain and wind. After reaching the bush line the trail leads onto tussock plains at the Oamaru Hut. Conditions here can be warm in sunny conditions and there is not much shelter, so sunscreen is a must. Your helicopter will meet you here for the return to base.

Walk time : 7 hours Travel: 1.5 hours return + Heli transfers
High level of fitness essential.

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Taupo guided walks

Waipakihi Hut hike (good fitness & hiking experience required)

Enjoy a 45 minute scenic helicopter transfer, via Lake Taupo and the World Heritage Tongariro National Park, to the alpine Waipakihi Hut. This is approximately a 5 hour guided high country bush walk over the alpine ridgeline of the Kaimanawa Forest Park, revealing expansive views of the Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupo, descending to the Tongariro River where you will be transferred by road along the eastern shores of the lake back to Taupo.

Allow 8 hours. A high fitness level required

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Snowshoeing New Zealand package

Snowshoeing in New Zealand’s Central Plateau

Imagine yourself in a winter wonderland high up in the Central Plateau mountains taking in the panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. You don’t need to know how to ski to access this magical world. All you need is a pair of snowshoes and our experienced snowshoe guide!

Snowshoeing is an adventure in the snow using special snowshoes which help to prevent sinking in soft snow and provide grip when the snow is hard or icy. Far from the busyness of everyday life, our exclusive Snowshoeing New Zealand packages will transport you to a pristine experience you will never forget.

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Interactive Survival Walks

Interactive Survival Skills Walk

What would you do if a natural disaster occurs? In order to help you be a little more prepared in unwanted situations, Chris Jolly Outdoors is offering an Interactive Survival Walk where you will learn basic survival skills from finding water and food to building shelters. Our guide will show you how you can fully utilise the items you have on you and other discarded items you may find around you.

Here are some examples of what you may learn on this interactive survival skills walk.

  • How to make a fire
  • How to navigate
  • How to discern which insects to eat, if need be
  • How to discern which plants are safe to eat or use for medicinal purposes
  • How to build a trap for fish and small game

More info on our Interactive Survival Skills Walk here.

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Hike and cruise package

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Kinloch to Kawakawa: Guided Hike and Cruise Combo

Our guide will meet you at your accommodation and take you by 4WD to the start of a spectacular two hour hike to Kawakawa Bay in the beautiful Western Bays. After your hike, you will board your private charter boat for some fishing and other activities as you cruise back past the Maori Rock Carvings back to the Taupo Harbour.

  • Luncheon on board
  • Wine and beverages
  • Trout fishing gear
  • Fishing licences
  • Clay target shooting (conditions apply)
  • Swimming during the summer months (optional)

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