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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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  • 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
  • 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

    Tongariro White Water - Rafting New Zealand

    The Tongariro Whitewater Grade 3 is our most popular adventure and thNZ's best half day rafting adventure - Our most popular trip - You'll raft over 50 plus exciting rapids, through a beautiful volcanic gorge & enjoy on river hot chocolate & snacks.

    $119 - $179 Book now
  • Walking & hiking

    River Birches Guided Tongariro Crossing

    You will be in the safe hands of your mountain guide, one of a small group of select professionals with a concession to guide The Tongariro Crossing. Your singly party, all inclusive excursion will be an unforgettable and unique experience.

    $650 - $1,500 Book now
  • Rafting

    Tongariro Multi-Day Rafting Adventure - Rafting New Zealand

    New Zealand’s best multi-day rafting adventure happens just a few minutes outside of Turangi on the Tongariro River – world famous for its pristine water, incredible scenery and awesome wild life.

    $410 Book now
  • Rafting

    Access 14 - Upper Gorge Tongariro River Rafting

    The Tongariro River is a dam-controlled river which enables us to raft all year round, sadly there are some sacrifices that have to be made in order to have that happen – when the hydro dam was built, a portion of the river was re-routed underground.

    $149 Book now
  • 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
  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Tongariro Lodge Guided Fly Fishing

    Tongariro Lodge Guides are the most experienced guided fly fishing operator in Taupo for over 36 years now. Guides provide access to the best wilderness trout fishing in the world by 4WD, boat, raft and helicopter.

    $550 - $950 Book now
  • Skiing

    Snowscene Ski and Board

    Welcome to Snowscene Ski and Board Rental Turangi. We have been serving skis, boards and snow clothing to Whakapapa, Turoa and Tukino Skiers and boarders for over 35 years. Our shop holds an extensive range of gear for all ages and abilities.

    $20 - $100 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, Luxurious Motel Units, Standard Cabins and exciting new Kombi Cabins.

    $20 - $100

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