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Natural Beauty & Adventure Activities
T he Tongariro Region is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and offers a great range of outdoor activities for all abilities and levels of fitness. The Tongariro National Park, Tongariro Alpine Crossing – NZ’s greatest one day walk, trekking and walking options, and trout & fly fishing are world class. The National Park has a rich history and culture, is a UNESCO Dual World Heritage Park and home to many scenes from the Lord of the Rings Films.Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Turangi: Gateway to the Tongariro Region & National Park
Riverstone Lodge & Backpackers is located in the small town of Turangi, at the southern end of Great Lake Taupo and 400m from the picturesque Tongariro River, which offers some great white water rafting experiences with quality operators. Turangi and the Tongariro region are also world famous for quality trout and fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout.Best Outdoor Activity Deals Here!
Walking, Cycling & Swimming
Lake Rotopounamu is a stunning example of north island native forest, and the Tongariro River Trail – which can also be mountain biked, are recommended. For an alpine environment more similar to the Crossing and good alternatives in poor weather, there are the walks at Whakapapa Village or the Tongariro Traverse. Other walks and mountain biking tracks closer to Ohakune and National Park village could be explored as part of a round the mountain trip.
To the west consider visiting the historic and picturesque settlement of Tokaanu and the Tokaanu Thermal Pools. Further around the lake is Pukawa – where in summer there is good swimming beach – and the on the western bays road to Taupo, the walking or mountain biking track at Waihaha. For those traveling to and from the area be sure to check our suggested travel routes and for those heading north, our information on the journey between Turangi & Rotorua via Taupo.