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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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  • 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
  • Apartments

    Braxmere

    Set right on the southern edge of Lake Taupo with 10 individual lakeside studios located in one of the most amazing spots on the lake. It’s the gateway to the Tongoriro National Park so the perfect place to ski, walk, tramp or adventure.

    $180 - $220 Book now
  • 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
  • Rafting

    White Water Rafting - Tongariro River Rafting

    Want the BEST possible rafting experience in the Taupo Region? We're the number one rated Taupo rafting experience on TripAdvisor. We've had over 230,000 customers in the last 27 years. Hands down this is the most fun in the Taupo region!

    $145 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Water activities

    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
  • Climbing

    Turangi Climbing Gym

    Turangi Climbing Gym is fun for the whole family and experience levels! With top ropes, lead climbing and bouldering problems which are always changing, you can spend plenty of time here, and know each time you come there will be a new challenge.

    $15 - $20
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