Free things to do in Turangi

Turangi is a place where you can enjoy an abundance of free activities such as walks, hikes and biking trails around the area.

Lookouts – If you're ever wondering what to do in Turangi there are a number of vantage points for sight seeing over Great Lake Taupo, Turangi, Tongariro National Park and the surrounding areas. The Waihi Lookout at the southern end of the lake offers spectacular views over Tokaanu, Turangi and the Western Bays of Great Lake Taupo. Other lookouts are the Te Ponanga Saddle (SH47) that looks over the north side of the lake and Raurimu Spiral Lookout where you can view the engineering key to the Main Truck Line. 

Bulli Point – Another Turangi activity is cliff diving, Great Lake Taupo style. Take the plunge into the fresh blue water. A great relief, especially on hot summers day. There are three ledges at Bulli Point with the highest being seven metres. To get to the Point just take State Highway One (SH1) toward Turangi and keep your eyes peeled for the road sign. You can't miss it.  It's also a beautiful spot to drive past if you're not up to the plunge.

Tongariro River Trail


Mountain biking & cycling - There are great mountain biking and cycling trails for all levels in the Turangi region, including the Tongariro River Trail, Tree Trunk Gorge and the Waihaha Trail. Other trails in the Taupo Region include the Great Lake Trail, W2K and the 42nd Traverse. Pick up a mountain biking or cycling map from  the Taupo and  Turangi i-SITE Visitor Centre for a small cost.

Tongariro River Loop Walk - One hour walk alongside the world famous Tongariro Park River. Watch people fly fish and enjoy the views of the Kaimanawa Ranges. Pick up either a local brochure or the Great Lake Taupo Guide to Walks and Hikes brochure from the Taupo and Turangi i-Site for a small cost. Download the Great Lake Taupo Guide to Walks and Hikes brochure.

Trout Fishing Turangi and Lake Taupo - Take a picnic and watch anglers fly fish for trout at the Waitahanui Stream. Situated on SH1 south at Waitahanui. Licence required.

Tokaanu Thermal Walk - Located adjacent to the Tokaanu Thermal Pools. Free thermal bush walk, 15-20 minutes of bubbling mud and silica springs (wheelchair accessible).Tokaanu Historic Wharf - Dates back to the early 1800's and is one of the oldest structures of its kind in New Zealand. It is now undergoing restoration and currently you can walk two thirds of its length. A popular picnic and fishing spot. 

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