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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

    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
  • Boutique & Lodge

    Wellesley Lodge Pukawa Bay, Taupo

    This grand lodge boasts breathtaking views of Lake Taupo and is just walking distance to the shore. Spacious, elegant and immaculately appointed, this beautiful property is a tranquil and luxurious retreat. 5 private ensuite bathrooms.

    $750 - $1,300
  • Rafting

    White Water Rafting - Tongariro River Rafting

    Want the BEST possible rafting experience in the Taupo Region? We're the number one rated Taupo rafting experience on TripAdvisor. We've had over 230,000 customers in the last 27 years. Hands down this is the most fun in the Taupo region!

    $145 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.

  • Boutique & Lodge

    Tongariro Lodge

    Tongariro Lodge is New Zealand's most iconic trout fishing lodge. Situated on the banks of the legendary Tongariro River on the Southern shores of Lake Taupo. Enjoy the outdoors in style perfect for trout fisherman and outdoor enthusiasts.

    $199 - $595 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Bryce Curle Fly Fishing Guide

    Bryce Curle Fly Fishing has been operating in the Central North Island / Great Lake Taupo region since 1998, he offers a professional and true Kiwi Fishing Experience for the novice through to the most experienced angler. A service that is unmatched.

    $350 - $650
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bus & coach transport

    Tongariro Alpine Crossing Shuttle From Turangi

    Turangi return shuttle to the world famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Depart and Return from any location in central Turangi. Locally owned and operated family business with the convenience of cultural insights & genuine local hospitality & drivers.

    $50 Book now
  • Motels

    Turangi Bridge Motel

    Relax and unwind in our Lodge-style New Zealand Accommodation. Turangi Bridge Motel offers warm and sunny Units located on the banks of the Tongariro River. Onsite Restaurant and Bar.

    $129 - $190 Book now
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