Water Activities in Turangi

Turangi’s great location on the southern shores of Lake Taupo means people can enjoy recreational water activities year round.

With many lakeside settlements having a permanent population as well as regular holiday makers who base themselves in Turangi, everyone benefits from the closeness to the water with boating, fishing, kayaking, sailing, waterskiing and jetskiing being the main activities.

White water rafting on the Tongariro River


Paddleboarding is also proving a popular past time for many and during the summer months at Motuoapa there is an operator who hires boards and kayaks. There is a yacht club based near Motuoapa with a loyal following, as well as a fishing club which hosts a very popular fishing competition every year.

There are three companies who hire kayaks in the summer – they are located at Motuoapa, Tokaanu and Kuratau.

A long-time Turangi attraction is the Tokaanu Wharf. The marina is a great place to take the kids spin fishing year round.

As well as the lake, Turangi is located right on the Tongariro River and proves a great place to base yourself as there are so many things to do in Turangi such as fishingwhite water rafting and kayaking.

There are two whitewater rafting companies based in Turangi. Both offer a fun-filled grade three trip on the beautiful Tongariro River. The trip is fantastic year round and is a great alternative if people have come to Turangi to snow ski or walk in the Tongariro National Park and the weather is not suitable. The operators also provide family float trips on the grade two section of the river, suitable for parents with children aged three to ten years. Grade two guided whitewater kayaking is available during the summer months.

Fishing on the Tongariro River, Turangi


Fishermen have the advantage of being able to choose fishing on the lake one day and the river the next. With many guides available to teach people to flyfish there is no excuse not to give it a go. There are three commercial boat operators on the southern end of the lake at the Tokaanu Marina who can take people fishing.

For people with their own boat it is popular to fish at Lake Rotoaira or Lake Otamangakau, but there is a limited fishing season on these lakes. You need a Taupo fishing licence as well as a separate licence to fish on them. These lakes are a short twenty minute drive from Turangi heading toward Tongariro National Park. The Rotoaira licences are available from the Turangi i-Site and are not expensive.

In Tokaanu there are the more relaxing Thermal Mineral Pools, with the public heated pool being a beautifully warm 38 degrees. There is also a toddler pool. The private thermal pools enjoy temperatures from 39 degrees to the very hot 41 degrees, perfect to soothe away all aches and pains.

Turangi also has the Turtle Pools. There is a main 25 metre lap pool, a diving pool and a toddler pool. Visitors are welcome to join the regular activities on offer such as water aerobics. During the holidays the staff bring out the huge inflatable obstacle course, popular with all the kids.

Whether you want an action packed watersports experience or just want to hang out in a boat with the waves lapping at the sides while you drop a line, all the while taking in the magnificent views at the southern end of the lake, Turangi is the best place to base yourself during both summer and winter.

  • 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.

    • Price $209 - $209
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Jet Boating Rafting Turangi Water Activities Turangi Rainy Days
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  • Tongariro Fishing Guide

    My name is Mike Hughes and I have the pleasure of being a fly-fishing guide on the world famous Tongariro River.

    • Price $350-$600
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Fishing – Fresh Water Fishing Guides Turangi Water Activities
  • Kayak Wai Maori

    Lake & Stream Self Guided Kayaking: Kayak down the clear spring-fed Tokaanu Stream out into Southern Lake Taupo. Return via Tokaanu canal and alongside boiling mud and steaming hot pools for a 4 hour circuit. Also 1-1.5 hr stream kayak available.

    • Price $35 - $49
    • Location Tokaanu
    • Activity Kayaking – Fresh Water Maori Culture Turangi Family Activities Turangi Water Activities
  • Kuratau Kayaks

    Come kayaking in our beautiful Lake Taupo and the lower reaches of the Kuratau River.

    • Activity Family Family Kayaking – Fresh Water Kayaking Turangi Family Activities Turangi Water Activities Turangi Water Sports Water Sports
  • Fly n' Raft Combo - Taupo's Floatplane & Tongariro River 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.

    • Price $309 - $309
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Rafting Scenic Flights Turangi Rainy Days Turangi Water Activities
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  • The New Zealand Flyfishing Company

    We fish a wide range of rivers, lakes and streams in the Taupo region and further afield. With local Taupo fly fishing guide techniques and others from the US and Europe we give you more opportunities to catch stunning Rainbow and Brown Trout.

    • Price $400 - $1100
    • Location Taupo
    • Activity Fishing Guides Fishing – Fresh Water Turangi Water Activities
  • Rafting New Zealand Tongariro Family Fun

    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.

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    Valid between:
    28 March 2018 - 3 November 2018

    • Price $89 - $139
    • Location Turangi
    • Activity Rafting Turangi Rainy Days Turangi Family Activities Turangi Water Activities
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