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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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  • Heritage attractions

    Tongariro National Trout Centre

    Discover the world of freshwater Trout. Come and learn about the freshwater habitat of Trout. Take your Kids Fishing. We have a Kids Pond that is great for catching a trout. Book now to avoid disappointment.

    $12 - $15 Book now
  • Bed & breakfast

    The Olive Rabbit Boutique Bed & Breakfast

    We are a purpose-built boutique bed and breakfast in Turangi, Taupo, with four guest rooms and all with ensuites, so unobtrusive hospitality and privacy are paramount. A hearty two-course breakfast is also available.

    $269 - $300 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
  • Rafting

    H2-Ohh Combo - Hukafalls Jet & Whitewater Rafting

    White water adventure that’s splashtastic. Dash to the base of the spectacular Huka Falls onboard a twin engined V6 jet boat. Then carry on your adventure with whitewater rafting. Transfers and light end of day meal included. Family fun option also.

    $235 Book now
  • Bungy

    The Big Splash

    The Big Splash is about being wet in the summer and cool in the winter, by doing a wicked combination of bungy jumping and rafting. With two locally owned and operated companies, we offer an action-packed day, that's on the wild side.

    $274 Book now
  • Bed & breakfast

    Tui Lodge

    Tui Lodge was purposely built as a B&B and opened in 2005. Large guest lounge, under floor heating 4 ensuite bedrooms with view of Mt Pihanga and Kaimanawa Ranges. Very close to the Tongariro River.

    $280 - $345
  • Airport shuttles

    My Waka Your Waka

    We provide transportation in and around Turangi and the Central Plateau in a way that is as unique as you are. Our schedule is flexible, and we will gladly work in with your time frame whenever possible. My Waka Your Waka- wherever you need to go!

    $10 - $400
  • Rafting

    Family Fun Rafting with Tongariro River Rafting

    Want a Taupo activity that's great for the whole family? Then check out family rafting on the Tongariro River. There are lots of things to do while in Taupo, but this is one that mum, dad, and the kids will enjoy.

    $114 Book now
  • 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
  • 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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