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Turangi Tongariro Activities

 Trout Fishing

Turangi is well known for its many outdoor activities – most of which revolve around the water. Turangi activities include river rafting, kayaking, boating, charters and, of course, fishing

Turangi is a year round outdoor destination – whether you enjoy trout fishing, adventure activities, skiiing or snowboarding.  There are also Turangi accommodation options to suit your style. 

You might also like to check out other free activities to do in the Great Lake Taupo region.

Here's a list of Must Do's in Turangi Tongariro

White water rafting - The Tongariro River is known for its spectacular scenery, with beautiful volcanic cliffs, crystal clear water and native bush. It is the perfect river for your first rafting experience. Bounce on down the river, with more than fifty rapids, which are generally grade 3 boulder gardens. Relax between the rapids and catch a glimpse of rainbow trout in the deep pools. 

Tokaanu Thermal Area - Enjoy an easy stoll around the Tokaanu thermal walk and witness the natural wonders of a geothermal area for free. Remember to stick to the track and closely supervise children. The adjacent thermal hot pools are great for a relaxing and therapeutic soak after a day exploring the region’s attractions.

Scenic Short Walks - There are numerous scenic short walks to enjoy around the southern end of the lake. Walks along the Tongariro River, between Omori and Pukawa, up Maunganamu, at Whareroa and around Lake Rotopounamu allow you to enjoy beauty of this unique region.

Trout Fishing - Whether you’re into fly-fishing, harling or trolling, Turangi is the perfect base for anglers. With the lake and rivers on your doorstep, it is easy to get out and enjoy the year-round, naturally sustaining Taupo fishery. Specialised fishing shops and experienced local guides will also ensure you experience the best the Taupo fishing the region has to offer.

Taupo Mountain Biking Mountain Biking - The natural areas around Turangi offer a number of opportunities for mountain-bikers. From easy family trips along the Tongariro River Walkway to the backcountry rides and the tough 42nd Traverse, there is something for all skill levels.

Climbing - If you’re looking for climbing opportunities, some challenging and unique opportunities are handy to Turangi, including those on Ruapehu, in the Mangatepopo Valley and at Whanganui Bay. Turangi even has its own world class indoor climbing wall, great for testing your skills no matter what the weather.

Cultural Sites - Explore history at cultural sites close to Turangi, including the redoubt Te Porere, an ancient settlement at Opataka, and Rotoaira, home of the famous ‘haka’. Learn more about the culture of the region on an indigenously inspired guided walking encounter.

Whakapapa ski Whakapapa Ski Area - Just 46km from Turangi, Whakapapa ski area is New Zealand’s largest. During winter it offers a high quality range of facilities for both learners and experienced skiers and boarders alike. In summer, ride the chairlifts to New Zealand’s highest café or take a guided walk to Mt Ruapehu’s Crater.

Scenic Flights - One of the best ways to see the stunning Central Plateau is from the air. Take a scenic flight from Turangi or Taupö and get a unique perspective on the mountains of Tongariro National Park, the Kaimanawa Ranges and beautiful Great Lake Taupö.

Tongariro Crossing Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Traversing a spectacular active volcanic zone, the challenging Tongariro Alpine Crossing offers a unique opportunity to experience some of Tongariro National Park’s special gifts. A cold mountain spring, lava flows, an active crater, steam vents, emerald-coloured lakes and magnificent views combine to make this an enjoyable and memorable trek.

Tongariro National Trout Centre - Learn more about the Taupo fishery by visiting the Tongariro National Trout Centre and the Genesis Energy Freshwater Aquarium displaying New Zealand native and exotic fish. Displays explain the management of the Taupo fishery while a viewing chamber provides great underwater views of rainbow trout. Popular children’s fishing days are held through the year. Picnic areas are available.

Volcanic Touring Loop - For an easier half day attraction take a drive from Turangi around the volanic loop. This journey takes in the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park and stunning views of its mountains-Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.

The Great Lake - There is so much to do around picturesque southern Great Lake Taupo. Head out to one of the idyllic lakeside villages and picnic on the beach or visit the historic Tokaanu Wharf. Alternatively, get out on the lake by boat or kayak to explore the pristine, secluded Western Bays.

Whio Birdwatching – There is significant birdlife to be found in the Turangi area. Around the wetlands on the shores of Great Lake Taupo you can find Pukeko, Bitterns, Shags, a variety of Duck species, Pied Stilts and Banded Rail, to name a few; and around the rivers you will find Whio (native Blue Duck), Kereru, Tui, Fantail and other forest birds.

                                                                                                                            Whio (native Blue Duck)

Lookouts – Visit one of the lookouts offering expansive and magnificent views across Great Lake Taupo and the central North Island.

Department of Conservation Summer Programme - ‘Get Active in the Park’ with the Department of Conservation, who run a summer programme around the region. From learning how to catch a trout or fly a kite, to trekking up mountains and spotting kiwi at night, there’s something for everyone!

Around Turangi Tongariro Activities

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Tongariro National Trout Centre :: click here for more information

Fun and educational for the whole family.

Situated beside the famous Tongariro River, you can see and feed wild Trout in their natural environment. Our Visitor Centre is the home...

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Asure Parklands Motorlodge Trout Fishing :: click here for more information

Renowned for its ambience and affable hospitality, Parklands combines a popular restaurant and neighbourhood bar with 31 tasteful accommodation units, both studio and self-contained, only a stone’s throw from Turangi...

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25 Arahori Street, Turangi

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$200.00 - $700.00 (NZD)
Tongariro River Rafting :: click here for more information

Book online and save on Fuel. Save up to 20cents per litre per person wit AA fuel Saver if you book online.

The Tongariro Whitewater 2 hours 13 kilometers 60 rapids...

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95 Atrau Rd Turangi, Turangi

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$20.00 - $700.00 (NZD)
Tongariro Lodge Trout Fishing :: click here for more information

Lake Taupo regions most experienced Fly Fishing outfitter(since 1978).The knowledge and expertise of Tongariro Lodge guides is unequalled!

Founded by legendary guide Tony Hayes Tongariro Lodge Guides has catered for the...

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83 Grace Road, Turangi

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Rafting New Zealand :: click here for more information

Experience the thrill of rafting! With trips ranging from mild to wild, we have options to suit all budgets, time frames & expectations - award winning rafting adventures departing daily....

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41 Ngawaka Place, Turangi

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$65.00 - $350.00 (NZD)
Bryce Curle Fly Fishing Guide :: click here for more information

Welcome, With a life time of fishing experience I turned my passion into my occupation and have been a full time professional fly fishing guide since 1999, based in the...

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59 Kahotea Drive, Motuoapa, RD2, Turangi, Taupo

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Turangi Paintball :: click here for more information

The game: the object is to outwit and out-manoevre a rival team by capturing their flag, using semi-auomatic paintguns to to tag opposition playersand eliminate them from the game.

Turangi Paintball...

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Atirau Rd, Turangi

Tongariro Fishing Guide :: click here for more information

My name is Mike Hughes and I have the pleasure of being a fly-fishing guide on the world famous Tongariro River. You'll find myself and my constant companion Jake on...

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Tongariro MediSpa :: click here for more information

Welcome to Bliss... Our natural approach to health and beauty care will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. We aim to use 100% natural NZ ingredients in all our skin...

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by the Tongariro River Bridge, Turangi

$10.00 - $110.00 (NZD)
Adventure Outdoors Tongariro NZ :: click here for more information

Fun & Unique Adventure Guided Tours - Tongariro National Park

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Adventure Outdoors Tongariro run Private & Group Guided Tours in and around the Tongariro National Park.
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