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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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  • Sports

    Turtle Pools - Turangi

    Turtle Pools is located in the centre of Turangi and offers entertainment for all ages. A fully enclosed swimming pool facility with an air temperature of 24 degrees and is Poolsafe accredited.

    $5
  • Bed & breakfast

    Tongariro Adventures The Lodge

    Situated in the heart of Kuratau on the South West shore of Lake Taupo, our Tongariro Adventures Lodge provides our guests with comfort and space. Our Lodge is designed for you to relax and unwind after your Tongariro Adventure, whatever the season.

    $250 - $350 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.

    $50 - $70 Book now
  • Cycling & Mountain Biking

    Tree Trunk Gorge Guided Mountain Bike

    This is a short but beautiful track that weaves its way through native forest and includes a short steep climb, a picturesque river ford and some wooden bridges. This is an intermediate trail with lots of fun to be had.

    $115 Book now
  • Urban attractions

    Accessible New Zealand Partnership

    Our tours are specialized for travellers with physical disabilities and mature travellers. For travellers who want to enjoy the culture, scenery and adventure that comes with travelling but who may need assistance or extra care along the way.

    $600 - $10,000
  • Rafting

    Rafting New Zealand

    Maori owned and operated, Rafting New Zealand has been operating for over 25 years and is New Zealand’s best, safest and most awarded Rafting Company. Providing authentic Rafting adventures for ages 3 and up. No experience necessary.

    $89 - $179 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
  • Motels

    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
  • 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
  • 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.

    $700 - $750 Book now
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