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Kuratau

Beautiful Kuratau sits on a flat bay on the west side of Lake Taupo, surrounded by lush, rolling farms in all directions. It’s the quintessential New Zealand lakeside village where everyone knows each other – one boat ramp, a shop, a tennis court, a playground and a summer winery with a cafe. But what else do you really need?

Between lakefront strolls, fishing, kayaking, and just sunning yourself on the deck of your cottage or cabin, that’s more than enough to do. You can spend a sunny afternoon enjoying a glass of local wine among the vines at the Floating Rock Vineyard and Cafe.

For Labour Weekend in October, the village comes alive for its annual weekend market, shared with nearby village Omori, where you can buy fresh local produce, wooden furniture and toys. 

Still, if you’re craving a little more excitement, Kuratau is a perfect jumping-off point, with the wonders and adventures of Tongariro National Park and mountain ski areas just a short drive away in one direction, and the stunning ancient Pureora Forest Park equally close in the other.

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  • Museums

    Volcanic Activity Centre

    Turangi’s Volcanic Activity Centre is a hands-on interactive educational tourist visitor attraction that makes understanding the earths volcanic forces easy and fun through a wide range of informative visual, electronic and interactive displays.

    $10 - $12
  • Rafting

    Tongariro White Water

    NZ's best half day rafting adventure - Our most popular trip - You'll raft over 50 plus exciting rapids, through a beautiful volcanic gorge. Explore a hidden waterfall (jump optional, weather permitting) & enjoy on river hot chocolate & snacks.

    $119 - $179 Book now
  • Spas/Health Resorts and Thermal Bathing Pools

    Tongariro MediSpa

    Relax with a Massage or All Natural Facial at Southern Lake Taupo's only day spa or join us for one of our regular Yoga or Pilates classes. Private classes also available on request.

    $10 - $140
  • Rafting

    Adrenaline Shot - Rafting & Skydive Combo

    You only live once!... Make it a good one! Rapid after Rapid, after rapid… There’s nothing more refreshing than a splash in the face, and nothing more pure than the pristine waters of the mighty Tongariro River.

    $538 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Raft Fishing - Tongariro River Rafting

    Raft-fishing trips can be made to suit every angler's specific needs. Experienced guides are available to help locate and net your first fat taupo rainbow trout.The Tongariro River is world famous for its trout fishing.

    $750 Book now
  • Custom Transfers

    Southern Lake Taupo

    Our personalised shuttle service is at your disposal. We can transfer you to and/or from your bus, train, or plane connections. We deliver and collect you from the adventure playgrounds of the Tongariro area at times to suit you - You're the guest.

    $20 - $110
  • Backpackers

    Tongariro Junction Hostels

    Tongariro Junction in Turangi is adjacent to SH 1 at the gateway to Tongariro National Park, close to the mountains and Lake Taupo. We offer a wide variety of reasonably priced accommodation to suit all needs, from campsites to luxury motel units.

    $50 - $70 Book now
  • Holiday Parks

    Tongariro Junction

    Tongariro Junction in Turangi is adjacent to SH 1 at the gateway to Tongariro National Park, close to the mountains and Lake Taupo. We offer a wide variety of reasonably priced accommodation to suit all needs, from campsites to luxury motel units.

    $19 - $44 Book now
  • Motels

    Angler's Paradise

    Situated just 600 metres from Turangi town centre, Anglers Paradise is 5 minutes’ drive from the Tongariro River, which is ideal for fishing or guests looking for a weekend getaway.

    $110 - $135 Book now
  • Heritage Attractions

    Te Porere Redoubt

    Te Porere Redoubt is the earthworks of a Maori fortification bult by the prophet and warrior Te Kooti; the last major engagement of the New Zealand Wars was fought here in October 1869. It is open at all times.

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