Top 10 must-do's in Turangi

Nestled on the plains below the forest-clad Kaimanawa Ranges, Turangi is a basecamp for winter ski holidays, adventures on the Tongariro River and southern bays of Lake Taupo, and the gateway to the awe-inspiring beauty and adventure of the UNESCO Dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park. We've compiled a list of the top 10 must-do's according to locals to help you explore the very best of Turangi.

1. Fly fishing on the Tongariro River.

2. Ski or snowboard Whakapapa Ski Area – the active volcano.

3. Traverse the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

4. White water rafting on the Tongariro River.

5. Mountain biking – Tongariro River Trail, 42 Traverse, Tree Trunk Gorge, Timber Trail, and Great Lake Trail.

6. Learn to fish at the Tongariro National Trout Centre.

7. Discover beautiful short walks in the Tongariro National ParkTaranaki Falls,Tama Lakes, Tawhai Falls, Silica Rapids, and Lake Rotopounamu.

8. Discover the beaches of the southern bays of Lake Taupō.

9. Bike or walk the 14km family-friendly Tongariro River Trail.

10. View bubbling mud pools along the Tokaanu Thermal Walk followed by a hot soak at the Tokaanu Thermal Pools.