Tongariro River

Flowing north from the snow-clad peaks of Tongariro National Park, the pristine Tongariro River is one of the world’s best places to catch trout. 

With three-quarters of a million rainbow and brown trout spawning in the Tongariro River every year, their chances of landing one are pretty good.

There are guided white water rafting trips for all ages and levels of adventurousness – from families looking for gentle excitement and a leisurely paddle through lush gorges and native bush, to adrenaline junkies after a thrilling, rapid-shooting ride.

The Tongariro River Trail is a rolling, family-friendly track for walking and mountain-biking, with stunning views of the river, Mt Pihanga and Lake Taupō.

Nature-lovers can stop at the Tongariro National Trout Centre.

Tongariro National Trout Centre 

At the Tongariro National Trout Centre you can get an up-close look at hatchlings and iridescent rainbow trout at the underwater viewing station, or see the beautiful endangered native Whio (blue duck).

Getting to the Tongariro River

The Tongariro River rises in Tongariro National Park, flows down through Turangi and enters Lake Taupō. You can access the Tongariro River Trail and many fishing locations from Turangi

Tongariro River map

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