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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.

Tūrangi, Lake Taupō 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 excellent 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 cafés, with great coffee and freshly stocked cabinets.

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

Tūrangi is an easy 40-minute drive by car or bus from Taupō 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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  • Holiday parks & campgrounds

    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.

    $39 - $195 Book now
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    Tongariro Junction Camp Ground

    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.

    $19 - $50 Book now
  • Bed & breakfast

    The Olive Rabbit ~ Boutique Bed & Breakfast

    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.

    $304.99 - $305 Book now
  • Boutique & Lodge

    River Birches Lodge

    River Birches is the closest boutique lodge to the Tongariro Crossing. The Lodge is set within a peaceful garden-scape beside the renown Tongariro River.

    $693 - $1,500 Book now
  • Self Contained & Serviced

    Turangi Leisure Lodge

    Explore the scenic beauty of the Tongariro National Park area and Taupo. Turangi Leisure Lodge is the perfect spot to set out and explore the mountains, rivers, and lake all within minutes.

    $109 - $309 Book now
  • Backpackers & hostels

    Golden Fern Backpackers

    Turangi the gateway to the Tongariro National Park, with daily transport to the Tongariro Crossing, Northern Circuit Mt Ruapehu (ski fields) and Kaimanawa ranges. Enjoy your stay in dorm, share, double or twin rooms with private or shared bathrooms.

    $27 - $80 Book now
  • Motels

    Angler's Paradise

    Situated just 600 metres from Turangi town centre, Anglers Paradise is 5 minutes’ drive from the Tongariro River, which is ideal for fishing or guests looking for a weekend getaway.

    $110 - $135 Book now
  • 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.

    $235 - $595 Book now
  • Holiday homes

    Kemp's Lodge - Amazing Accom

    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 - $995 Book now
  • 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.

    $80 - $320 Book now
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