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Turangi Tongariro Information

Base camp for the Tongariro National Park and the Tongariro River

What to do in Turangi Tongariro - the Kereopa's summer holiday in Great Lake Taupo

A fishing mecca for over 100 years, however there’s far more to Turangi than fishing. White water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, bushwalking, indoor and outdoor climbing, culturally guided walks and golf are all choices you have in this vibrant destination.

When you’re at the Southern End of the lake don’t miss the historic village of Tokaanu, famous for its mineral hot pools and geothermal area. You can also kayak the Tokaanu stream and visit the vineyards and beaches around Pukawa, Kuratau and Omori.

Forty minutes from Turangi is the Tongariro National Park, famous for the two ski fields; Whakapapa and Turoa on Mt Ruapehu, which combined make New Zealand’s largest ski area.

You could also try the Tukino Ski Fields, Mt Ruapehu's lesser-known gem. This is also the location of the iconic one day trek, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Turangi sits on the edge of wilderness, and is bordered by the Kaimanawa Forest Park, which is famous for hunting, fishing and tramping.

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Turangi Fishing

Turangi trout fishing


Located at the southern end of Lake Taupo, on the banks of the Tongariro River, Turangi is renowned internationally as one of the world’s best trout fishing destinations. 

Head out with a fly fishing guide on a wilderness fishing trip, or find your own trout fishing spot along the river. Turangi has some world class fishing lodges with experienced fishing guides. You can even charter a boat, and head out on Lake Taupo for some great lake fishing. Turangi caters for all angling needs. 

Turangi Activities

But beyond the Turangi fishing rods and reels there is an abundance of activities, including hunting, hiking, walks and water sports. Alternatively, try your hand at indoor climbing, get out on a mountain bike, experience white water rafting and kayaking or enjoy a leisurely round of golf.

Turangi is the gatway to Tongariro National Park and the legendary Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The Kaimanawa and Pureora Forest Parks and the ski fields of Mt Ruapehu are also close.

Here are some suggested itineraries for families and the adventure seekers alike.

Turangi Accommodation

Turangi is an ideal year-round base for an adventurous holiday or a family break - and there is Turangi accommodation guaranteed to suit your style.  

Fishing lodges, bed and breakfasts, motels and holiday parks are just some of the Turangi accommodation options.

Turangi Vineyards & Restaurants

Turangi has a number of excellent restaurants, bars and cafes to tempt your taste buds. Relax in a cosy bar or pub, or dine on fresh cuisine at a Turangi restaurant. Grab a coffee at a local café, or sip on locally produced wine at a Turangi vineyard.  

                                                                                                                                River Vineyard

Turangi on rainy days

Turangi is a considered a hidden gem at the southern end of Great Lake Taupo. It is renowned for its trout fishing  and being a base for those tackling the Tongariro Alpine Crossing or skiing at Ruapehu. But what do you do in Turangi if the weather turns? Click on Turangi Rainy Day Activities to find out more.

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In and around Turangi

A series of picturesque nearby settlements are the perfect complement to the lively buzz of Turangi. Scattered along the lakeside, villages such as Kuratau, Omori, Pukawa and Whareroa offer the ultimate in low-key relaxation. Historic Tokaanu, at the lake’s southern end, is a favourite with its mineral hot pools and geothermal attractions. Book yourself a cosy cottage or friendly B&B for the ultimate lakeside escape.

So take the time to visit Turangi, where there’s an experience for everyone!

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