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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  • 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
  • Rafting

    Tongariro White Water

    NZ's best half day rafting adventure - Our most popular trip - You'll raft over 50 plus exciting rapids, through a beautiful volcanic gorge. Explore a hidden waterfall (jump optional, weather permitting) & enjoy on river hot chocolate & snacks.

    $119 - $179
  • 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
  • Holiday Homes

    Lake Cottage Co

    Lovely lake view 3 bedroom holiday home available. Quiet peaceful surroundings in amongst the bush and birdlife. Stunning views overlooking Pukawa Bay and the lake. 600 meter gentle stroll to the beach. Your superb holiday home.

    $170 - $240
  • Luxury Lodge

    River Birches

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

    $500 - $1,000
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Tongariro Lodge Fishing

    Tongariro Lodge Guides are the most experienced guided fly fishing operator in Taupo for over 30 years now. Expert friendly guides provide access by 4WD.

    $398 - $795
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rafting

    Whitewater Rafting - Tongariro River Rafting

    The magical waters of the Tongariro River provide one of nature's finest, fun-filled roller coaster rides. Navigate over 60 rapids with an expert guide at the helm. Safety and 'oarsome' fun are our priority. Plus, keep an eye out for the native whio.

    $145
  • Rafting

    H2-Ohh Combo - Hukafalls Jet & Whitewater Rafting

    White Water Adventure That’s Splashtastic. Dash to the base of the spectacular Huka Falls onboard a twin engined V6 jet boat. Then carry on your adventure with Whitewater Rafting. Transfers and light end of day meal included. Family Fun option also.

    $209
  • Bed & Breakfast

    Lakeview Cottage Bed and Breakfast

    A three bedroom home Overlooking Lake Taupo, in Omori Road in a quiet rural setting overing home away from home facilities to guests. A full continental breakfast plus eggs from our free range hens if required.

    $125 - $135
  • Cultural Attractions

    Backyard Tours

    Nau mai Hāere mai - Welcome to our backyard. Sit back, buckle in and relax as we drive you around Turangi to Tongariro National Park, the first Dual World-Heritage Park. Tours for you in-mind and we can custom transfers to suit. Contact us today!

    $60 - $180
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Raft Fishing - Tongariro River Rafting

    Raft-fishing trips can be made to suit every angler's specific needs. Experienced guides are available to help locate and net your first fat taupo rainbow trout.The Tongariro River is world famous for its trout fishing.

    $750
  • Motels

    Settlers Motel

    Just four hours drive from both Auckland and Wellington, and forty minutes from Taupo, the Turangi-Tongariro region is truly the heart of the North Island. It is perfect for both relaxation and solitude or adventure and outdoor pursuits.

    $120 - $165
  • Mountain Biking

    Mountain Biking - Tongariro Mountain Bikes

    Southern Lake Taupo has some of the best mountain bike country in New Zealand. We know trails that ride through stunning scenery, immersing you in native forest and along side magnificent rivers full of trout and can be relaxing or challenging.

    $55 - $170
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Family Fun

    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
  • 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
  • Bed & Breakfast

    Tongariro Adventures

    We’d love to host you in our unique part of paradise here at Kuratau, on the southern shores of Lake Taupo, under the majestic mountains of Tongariro National Park. The many wonderful experiences the region has to offer are at our doorstep.

    $145 - $180
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