Did you ever explore Great Lake Taupo in New Zealand by Jet Ski? I did and it is a different and very special way to explore the lake. You are fast on the move and you can stop anywhere to swim or snorkel. There a nice beaches, a great scenery with trees and rocks. Don’t forget to look at the Maori rock carvings between Kinloch and Acacia Bay.
Saftey issues – check list
You have consider a few safety issues before you go. First, is the Jet Ski ready and has enough fuel? Second, do I have my safety gear with me? This includes life jacket for all passengers, smart phone for emergencies and ID? Furthermore, I can highly recommend to read the following check list:
- weather report checked
- slip on a shirt (I recommend a wetsuit)
- slop on 50+ sunscreen
- slap on a hat
- take sunglasses with you
- life jacket
- smart phone
- some cash or card
- waterproof dry bag to protect sensitive items
- diving mask, snorkel, fins
- beach towel, swimwear
- and important! tell someone where you are
Start the journey
My husband and me started our journey at Acacia Bay South Boat Ramp, where you can put the Jet Ski into the water. But of course you can do that at a rental station in central Taupo and start your journey there. There are many boat ramps around Taupo which you can use.
Then we drove first to the scenic Motutaiko Island. A nice spot with crystal clear water. The vegetation, the rocks and the trees are amazing. Take your time and go for a swim or a snorkeling tour. It’s really worth it!
You have a great view of Mount Ruapehu. Mount Ruapehu is the highest volcano in New Zealand at 2797 m and the highest point of the North Island. It stands in the volcanic plateau of the island and is part of the Tongariro National Park. On the slopes of Ruapehu there are seven small glaciers.
Lord of the Rings
Did you know that some of the Mordor scenes were filmed in various locations around New Zealand’s largest active volcano, Mount Ruapehu? The mount itself is part of Middle-earth in The Hobbit Trilogy. Beside Mount Ruapehu is the famous Mount Ngauruhoe known as Mount Doom in the movie Lord of the Rings.
I can recommend to drive further to Kinloch Beach. Park the Jet Ski on the beach (please watch out for the signs!) and have a great lunch with Fish and Chips take away. There are enough tables and benches to sit near the beach and enjoy the great meal.
Take a break, go for a swim or just relax in the sun. A good occasion to apply again some sunscreen on. Don’t forget, the sun is strong on the lake and a sunburn goes really fast. Even if the sky is cloudy, do not forget to apply the sunscreen. The sunbeams go through the clouds. By the way, the water intensifies the rays and you also have to be careful in the shade.
Back to Acacia Bay South
On the way back from Kinloch Beach to Acacia Beach you will pass beautiful little beaches, a great nature and scenery. Have a stop whenever you feel to and enjoy.
Maori rock carving
Between Kinloch and Acacia Bay, at Mine Bay, is a Maori rock carving. The carving has been sculpted over the course of four years and was completed in 1980. It has been hailed as one of New Zealand’s most extraordinary contemporary Maori artworks. The artwork is 14 meters high towering above the deep water of Lake Taupo. The famous Maori rock carving has become one of the North Island’s biggest tourist attractions.
This is another way to explore the beautiful lake in Taupo New Zealand. Have fun!