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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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  • Backpackers & hostels

    A Plus Samurai Lodge

    A Plus Lodge is situated in a quiet location in the Turangi township area, in the Tongariro region. It has large relaxing gardens and is an easy stroll from the shops, banks, bars, restaurants, bus station and information centre.

    $13 - $56
  • Urban attractions

    Accessible New Zealand Partnership

    Our tours are specialized for travellers with physical disabilities and mature travellers. For travellers who want to enjoy the culture, scenery and adventure that comes with travelling but who may need assistance or extra care along the way.

    $600 - $10,000
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Trout Fishing Guides NZ

    All year round fly fishing adventures, for wild Rainbow and Brown Trout, in the world famous waters of the Tongariro River & Lake Taupo area.

    $400 - $750
  • Motels

    Oasis Motel

    Oasis has Motels, cabin rooms and campsite, oasis also Hot Natural geothermal pools open 24 hours a day and free when staying, also open to the public at a cost, Oasis has a shop on site and a breakfast restaurant. WiFi internet available.

    $44 - $120
  • Hot pools & health spas

    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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Adventure Taupo

    Steve Yerex has twenty five years experience, fly fishing in the Central North Island, this experience translates to an ability to match the client to the river and the best outdoor adventure for you that he can provide.

    $350 - $800
  • Apartments

    Braxmere

    Set right on the southern edge of Lake Taupo with 10 individual lakeside studios located in one of the most amazing spots on the lake. It’s the gateway to the Tongoriro National Park so the perfect place to ski, walk, tramp or adventure.

    $180 - $220 Book now
  • Motels

    Waitahanui Lodge

    Classic, rustic, charming, quirky, nostalgic - all descriptions guests have used to describe the Waitahanui lodge. It's a kiwiana treasure right on the lake edge and just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Taupo and 5kms from the airport.

    $99 - $209
  • Motels

    Creel Lodge Motel

    19 quiet garden suites set in park-like grounds. Private access to famous Tongariro trout fishing river. 45 minutes to Ruapehi Ski Fields, 5 minutes to Tokannu hotpools, kayaking, restaurants, rafting. Wi-Fi, air conditioned

    $140 - $190
  • Rafting

    Rafting New Zealand

    Maori owned and operated, Rafting New Zealand has been operating for over 25 years and is New Zealand’s best, safest and most awarded Rafting Company. Providing authentic Rafting adventures for ages 3 and up. No experience necessary!

    $89 - $179 Book now
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