Huka Prawn Park, Taupo

3.5
#3 of 11 in Parks in Taupo
The whole family can explore and play at Huka Prawn Park, New Zealand's only prawn farm. As well as producing over 30 tons of shrimp a year, this quirky aquaculture venture plays host to a wide range of games and activities. Begin your visit with a guided tour of the prawn nursery and hatchery before practicing your putt at the hole-in-one golf challenge, trying your hand at prawn fishing, or resting your feet in the geothermal footbath. Kids will enjoy testing their balance on the adventure walkways and tinkering on the water piano. When hunger strikes, you can feast on your own haul of shrimp or visit the riverside restaurant. For Huka Prawn Park and beyond, use our Taupo holiday planner to get the most from your Taupo vacation.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Prawn park really exceeded my expectations. I thought it was a place for kids but we did the tour of the prawn farm when we arrived which was really interesting & we hand fed the prawns! The restauran...  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    It's a good concept but the food was very overpriced for what it was and prawn fishing with a rod is just ridiculously hard.  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    I Absolutely LOVE THIS PLACE but the prawns were not bitting at all and the little fish in the pools kept eating the bait - you need perhaps heavier sinkers so the hook goes to the bottom of the pool ...  more »
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  • Loved this activity! Best to go at 9am until 2pm. You get a good catch and can enjoy a lunch at the restaurant. If you don't catch many it's still so much fun. This venue would be perfect for an early dinner at closing time however it's not open. A bit sad because there is a beautiful view, lovely fireplace. I would have loved to spend more money here, eat my prawns at the end of the day at the restaurant. I would also enjoy dinner here at any time since it would be the best and only seafood restaurant in town. Thank you all at Huka Prawn Park! We had a great time and will be seeing you again at 9am next time!
  • Very interesting to catch your own prawns. The restaurant will then cook it for you if you wish. The deep-fried potato chips served by the restaurant cannot be beaten. By absolutely no one nowhere. This place is child-friendly. Lively outside lawn area.
  • Had such an amazing day here. Who would have thought prawn fishing could be so much fun. Popped in to show our UK guest the place with the view of going for lunch. Spent 4 hours, paddle boarding, fishing and having a great time....even managed to catch enough for our own lunch. Have been highly recommending
  • Good place to take the family out. Very interesting. You can take the prawns home or cook it there.
  • We've been going to the Huka Prawn Park for 4 years running. We usually stay for about 4 hours and have a picnic lunch there. This year they opened up two other pools for fishing. This was by far the least productive year. I'm pretty good at prawn fishing and catch three times as much as those around me but this time we only caught 5 prawns between us both. Last year I caught 10, and the year before 17. It was very disappointing, hardly anyone was catching any. There are so many tadpoles and small fish eating your bait it does get annoying. The bait they give you is too big for the prawns, which only eat small pieces, so break up any of the large bits. Also watch out for the sparrows tipping over and eating your bait.

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