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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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  • Motels

    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.

    $134 - $205 Book now
  • Scenic flights

    Fly n Raft combo - Taupo's Float Plane & Whitewater Rafting

    Enjoy an exciting yet scenic 20 minute flight to the Southern end of Lake Taupo. Land and be picked up for a Whitewater Rafting adventure with Tongariro River Rafting. Return transport to your Taupo accommodation & afternoon meal Included.

    $329 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
  • 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
  • Motels

    Tongariro Junction Motel

    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.

    $135 - $155 Book now
  • Holiday homes

    Five Mile Bay Bach

    Homely, original style family Bach that has everything you need for a great family holiday in Taupo. The property offers an amazing location in Five Mile Bay right by the Lake.

    $160 - $340 Book now
  • Heritage attractions

    Te Porere Redoubt

    Te Porere Redoubt is the earthworks of a Maori fortification bult by the prophet and warrior Te Kooti; the last major engagement of the New Zealand Wars was fought here in October 1869. It is open at all times.

  • Fishing – Fresh Water

    Tongariro Whitewater Raft-Fishing

    Rafting New Zealand are proud to offer the ultimate Raft Fishing Tongariro fly fishing trips. Fly Fishing and Rafting on the spectacular Upper Tongariro River is the ultimate Fly Fishing adventure.

    $699 Book now
  • 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
  • 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
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