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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 15km Tongariro River Trail for biking and walking, the Tokaanu Thermal Pools for a relaxing soak, and charming cafes, with great coffee and freshly stocked cabinets.

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 Taupo town. 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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  • Visitor Information Centre

    Turangi i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

    We provide a comprehensive, impartial information and booking service for Turangi Tongariro i-SITE (Destination Great Lake Taupo) and New Zealand for accommodation, activities, attractions and travel bookings.

  • 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
  • Rafting

    Family Fun Rafting with Tongariro River Rafting

    Want a Taupo activity that's great for the WHOLE family? Then check out family rafting on the Tongariro River. There are lots of things to do while in Taupo, but this is one that Mum, Dad, and the kids will enjoy.

    $99 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Whakapapa Raft Fishing - Rafting New Zealand

    Whakapapa River fishing trips are a true gem, especially by river raft. The Whakapapa River is one of the most stunning rivers which flows from our local volcanoes and boasts amazing brown/rainbow trout fishing.

    $799 Book now
  • 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
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun - Rafting New Zealand

    Splash, crash, swim & laugh, this trip is all about having fun, while traveling through the beautiful lower reaches of the Tongariro River. A great journey for families with young children, our more senior of citizens & non English speaking visitors.

    $89 - $139 Book now
  • Bed & breakfast

    The Olive Rabbit

    We are a purpose-built boutique bed and breakfast in Turangi, Taupo, with four guest rooms and all with ensuites, so unobtrusive hospitality and privacy are paramount. A hearty two-course breakfast is also available.

    $185 - $235 Book now
  • Scenic flights

    Fly n Raft combo - Taupo's Float Plane & Whitewater Rafting

    Enjoy an exciting yet scenic 20 minute flight to the Southern end of Lake Taupo. Land and be picked up for a Whitewater Rafting adventure with Tongariro River Rafting. Return transport to your Taupo accommodation & afternoon meal Included.

    $329 Book now
  • Bungy

    The Big Splash

    The Big Splash is about being wet in the summer and cool in the winter, by doing a wicked combination of bungy jumping and rafting. With two locally owned and operated companies, we offer an action-packed day, that's on the wild side.

    $270 Book now
  • Holiday parks & campgrounds

    Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park

    Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park is situated on the southern shores of Lake Taupo. 40 kms south of Taupo, 9 kms North of Turangi and 40kms to local Ski Fields. We offer Lake front sites, Luxourious Motel Units, Standard Cabins and exciting new Kombi Cabins.

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