Huka Prawn Park, Taupo

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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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As a resort town, Taupo offers a diversity of accommodations. Boutique, luxury, and spa hotels are easily found in the town center, while some of the more luxurious options are set farther out in secluded spots reachable by car or taxi. Backpacker hostels and rental apartments provide good options for those wanting to get up into the mountains, or out onto the lake to enjoy the activities.
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  • Since we didn't catch any prawns on first visit , we ended up there twice . And yes , caught a few prawns ourselves . Yayyy..... loved their guided tour and explanations regarding prawn farming and br...  more »
  • We have been before and were keen to experience it again as we had so much fun last time. Unfortunately this time we felt the expensive entry fee was wasted and went away feeling quite disillusioned. ...  more »
  • For $69 you can buy an all day family pass, which gives you free range of the park, including a guided tour of the prawn hatchery, which was surprisingly interesting, you can also go on the paddle boa...  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.