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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.

It’s an incredible 40 minutes drive south from Taupō to Tūrangi, where you’ll wind around the lake’s edge and take in breathtaking views. And on arrival to your destination, you will find a bustling tourist town with plenty of fantastic activities on offer, all year round.

Built on the banks of the mighty Tongariro River, Tūrangi is as unique as the terrain that surrounds it. From untouched mountain-tops to the burnt orange desert rocks of the central plateau and the bright blue crater lakes of volcanoes that dot the landscape - it’s diversity at its very best, delighting all those who visit this truly special location.

A brief history of Tūrangi

The history of Tūrangi dates back many hundreds of years when those who came to New Zealand on the Te Arawa Canoe moved south from their settlements in the Bay of Plenty and the East Coast. Known as the Ngati Tuwharetoa tribe, they settled around Taupo Moana (the island sea) from the 16th century.

In more recent times, the present town of Tūrangi was developed as a ‘hydro town’ to provide housing for the influx of workers employed to build on the Tongariro Power Project in the 1970s. However, unlike other temporary townships set up for the construction of hydro power stations around the country, Tūrangi was designed to remain a town after the project was finished.

Once the Tongariro Power Stations were complete, many workers left, but a number did stay on and Tūrangi was able to establish itself as a centre for leisure activities, as well as farming, forestry, fishing and hunting.

Today, Tūrangi is a friendly, tourist town as well as the entrance to Tongariro National Park - New Zealand’s oldest national park and one of only 29 sites around the world with dual World Heritage status. This is in recognition of both the park’s Māori cultural and spiritual significance, alongside its unique volcanic features.

Things to do in Tūrangi

An easier question to answer would be ‘what is there not to do in Tūrangi?’; Because it sure packs a punch when it comes to adventure and experiences.

Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

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    Tongariro Junction Accommodation

    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 motel units to basic campsites.

    $155 - $235 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
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    Waitahanui Lodge

    Classic, rustic, charming, quirky, nostalgic - all descriptions guests have used to describe the Waitahanui lodge. It's a kiwiana treasure right on the lake edge and just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Taupo and 5kms from the airport.

    $99 - $209 Book now
  • 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
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    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
  • Holiday parks & campgrounds

    Tongariro Junction Camp Ground

    Tongariro Junction in Turangi is adjacent to SH 1 at the gateway to Tongariro National Park, close to the mountains & Lake Taupo. We offer a wide variety of reasonably priced accommodation to suit all needs, including powered & non-powered campsite.

    $19 - $50 Book now
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Adventure Taupo

    Steve Yerex has twenty nine 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 - $850
  • 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
  • Holiday parks & campgrounds

    Parklands Motor Lodge

    Parklands Motor Lodge is your one stop shop for accommodation in Turangi. We have 31 modern motel units, an upgraded holiday park with pet friendly campsites and an onsite restaurant and bar.

    $25 - $225 Book now
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    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.

    $139 - $220 Book now
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