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Tokaanu

At the southernmost tip of Lake Taupo, Tokaanu is a birdspotters paradise set on a stream near the river estuary where the Tongariro River meets Lake Taupo. Five minutes from Turangi, it has the same close access to Tongariro National Park, but in a slightly quieter lakeside setting. 

The historic Tokaanu Wharf reaches out into the lake and is a particularly picturesque spot for an afternoon of fishing, picnicking, birdwatching or swimming.

Its natural thermal springs and mud pools have been used for centuries by Maori for therapeutic bathing, cooking and bleaching harakeke (flax) for weaving.

Today, you can explore Tokaanu Thermal Pools, a public hot pools complex for adults and children, or enjoy the Tokaanu Thermal Walk, a 20-minute bush walk past natural hot pools in sinter basins and spluttering mud pools.

The nearby Steaming Cliffs of Hipaua are also worth a visit to see chimneys of steam floating from the bush-clad hillsides, as New Zealand’s native kahu (harrier hawks) cruise the warm currents in the air.

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  • Holiday homes

    Kingfisher - Kuratau Holiday Home

    Situated in an amazing position on the Kuratau River. Relax on the sun drenched deck with the water on your doorstep. Moor your boat at the private jetty or kayak up the beautiful Kuratau River or 100m down into Lake Taupo.

    $134 - $362 Book now
  • Holiday homes

    Waipapa Cottage

    Waipapa Cottage is a 3 bedroom Kuratau holiday home with Wi-Fi, lakefront living, and a spa pool. Situated on the pristine southwestern shores of Lake Taupo, this serene holiday spot offers breathtaking, elevated lakefront views!

    $225 - $325
  • Bed & breakfast

    Tongariro Adventures The Boathouse

    Exclusive use of new, purpose built accommodation comprising a kingsize bed; separate bathroom with shower, vanity unit and toilet; 3 seater comfortable, cushioned sofa, high quality furniture and fittings. Exclusive use of own outside area and BBQ

    $160 - $180 Book now
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    Tongariro Adventures The Lodge

    Situated in the heart of Kuratau on the South West shore of Lake Taupo, our Tongariro Adventures Lodge provides our guests with comfort and space. Our Lodge is designed for you to relax and unwind after your Tongariro Adventure, whatever the season.

    $250 - $350 Book now
  • Bird watching

    Adrift Tongariro Guided Whanganui Canoe Trips

    These tours are designed for an alternative to walking this region of New Zealand's National parks. Explore rugged terrain and lush native forrest.

    $295
  • Holiday homes

    Pihanga Cottage - Kuratau Bach

    Enjoying a peaceful and spacious section, this cute and cosy Kuratau house is a great wee base for your next Lake Taupo adventure.

    $100 - $274 Book now
  • Holiday homes

    A Stone's Throw - Kuratau Holiday Home

    A Stone's Throw is a 3 bedroom 1 bathroom Kuratau holiday home. This home is ideally situated just 1 minutes walk from the shores of Lake Taupo, and with space to sleep 8 it will be the perfect escape for your next family or group holiday.

    $175 - $354 Book now
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    Sixties Cedar Bach - Kuratau Holiday Home

    Sixties Cedar Bach is a funky retro bach in quaint Kuratau. With a large wraparound deck offering a glimpse of Lake Taupo, and bright open-plan living, this three-bedroom holiday home is an excellent base for your next adventure.

    $170 - $362 Book now
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    Omori Lodge

    Omori Lodge is hidden amongst 24 acres of a native New Zealand bush and rolling hills with panoramic views of Lake Taupo and surrounding country.

    $100 - $250
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    Treetops

    Treetops is a modern 3 bedroom 3 bathroom Omori Holiday Home. Private, sunny and a little unique; if you are looking for something a bit special then Treetops is the place for you.

    $225 - $350
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