Turangi

Nestled on the plains below the forest-clad Kaimanawa Ranges, Turangi is a basecamp for world-class fly fishing for trout on the pristine Tongariro River, and the gateway to the awe-inspiring beauty and adventure of the Tongariro National Park.

Turangi has been known as a fishing paradise for decades; in the 1920s American adventure author Zane Grey fished here and wrote Tales of An Angler’s Eldorado about chasing trout of mythic size. The first trout caught in Taupo was landed in April 1904, weighing 1.36kg. Hiring a fishing guide who can show you their favourite fishing pools and organise your licence is the best way to get your feet wet.

On days when the fish aren’t biting, there are superb grade two to four white water rapids for rafting, the scenic 14km Tongariro River Trail for biking and walking, the Tokaanu Thermal Pools for a relaxing soak, the Turangi Library, with striking window etchings designed by a local Māori artist, or the Turangi Tavern, where the beer is always cold.

Ten minutes from Turangi town centre, the two-hour loop walk to Lake Rotopounamu takes you through cool beech forest populated by native birds, to the hidden gem of a white sand beach perfect for picnics.

Turangi is an easy 40 minute drive by car or bus from Taupō. In the other direction, it’s also 40 minutes to Whakapapa Ski Area, and 20 minutes to the start point for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

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  • Rafting

    Tongariro Thriller - Rafting and Tongariro Crossing Combo

    Experience the heights and depths of Tongariro. When it comes to the central North Island of New Zealand, there are two world-famous activities to do and they just so happen to be in the same place: Turangi.

    $214
  • Walking & Hiking

    Tongariro Lodge Activities

    Tongariro Lodge makes the perfect base to enjoy the World Heritage Tongariro National Park and are experts at arranging Heli-Hiking,Guided Walks and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing .

    $200 - $1,500
  • 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
  • Hotels

    Asure Parklands Motorlodge

    Comfortable 4 star lodge, on-site restaurant & bar. Northern gateway to Tongariro National Park. Closest town to the Tongariro Crossing , Fly-fishing guides, whitewater rafting, scenic flights arranged. Free WiFi. Free parking.

    $125 - $169
  • Holiday Homes

    Kemp's Lodge

    A luxury lodge for your exclusive use. Set in large peaceful garden on the banks of the famous trout fishing Tongariro River, this elegant holiday accommodation combines a secluded tranquil holiday ambience with the comforts of a home.

    $700 - $805
  • Holiday Parks

    Motutere Bay Top 10 Holiday Park

    Pitch the family tent, park the caravan, or campervan, launch the boat, enjoy the family and create holiday memories. Situated on State Highway 1 midway between Taupo and Turangi.

    $38 - $170
  • 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
  • Hotels

    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
  • Heritage Attractions

    Tongariro National Trout Centre

    Discover the world of freshwater Trout. Come and learn about the freshwater habitat of Trout. Take your Kids Fishing. We have a Kids Pond that is great for catching a trout. Book now to avoid disappointment.

    $15
  • Rafting

    Waikato Thermal Float - Rafting New Zealand

    This is a great adventure for families with younger children, our more senior citizens, first time rafters and people who just want to chill, view and learn about the river from the comfort and fun of a white water raft.

    $89
  • Kayaking

    Kayak Wai Maori

    Lake & Stream Self Guided Kayaking: Kayak down the clear spring-fed Tokaanu Stream out into Southern Lake Taupo. Return via Tokaanu canal and alongside boiling mud and steaming hot pools for a 4 hour circuit. Also 1-1.5 hr stream kayak available.

    $35 - $49
  • Motels

    Tongariro Junction Motel

    Tongariro Junction Accommodation in Turangi is adjacent to SH 1 at the gateway to Tongariro National Park, close to the mountains and Lake Taupo offering a wide range of accommodation options.

    $60 - $220
  • Boutique & Lodge

    Tongariro Lodge Accommodation

    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.

    $345 - $690
  • Rafting

    Rafting New Zealand

    Rafting New Zealand has been operating for over 25 years and is New Zealand’s most awarded rafting Company.

    $89 - $179
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Adventure Taupo Ltd

    Steve Yerex has twenty one 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.

    $300 - $600
  • Holiday Homes

    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
  • Bus/Coach Transport

    Backyard Tours

    Nau mai Hāere mai - Welcome to our backyard. Visitor's journey is ensured whilst enjoying views and scenic historical sights in and around Turangi, Lake Taupō and the Tongariro National Park. Choice of activities or café styles can be added too.

    $60 - $180
  • Skiing

    Tokaanu Ski and Snowboard Rental

    Tokaanu Ski and Board (turangi) is your #1 destination for skiing, snowboarding and snowplay equipment. Wanting to have a epic time up the mountain? We have ALL the gear you need to get your snow adventure sorted! Visit us today!

    $20 - $100
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun - Grade 2 - with Kids Trout Fishing Experience

    This is the best Grade 2 rafting trip in the country and is a great, safe way to experience the thrill of rafting. This rafting adventure is all about having fun while travelling through the beautiful reaches of the lower Tongariro River.

    $134
  • 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
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