Turangi Township

Gateway to the Tongariro National Park

Turangi is a small town of 3600 people and Gateway to the Tongariro National Park and Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The town is set on the banks of the Tongariro River with access to theTongariro River Trails an exciting range of outdoor activities, stunning alpine walks and world class trout & fly fishing.

For a small town Turangi offers a surprisingly diverse range of food and eating out choices and an adequate range of other local services. The history and culture of Turangi is based around early Maori settlement, trout fishing and the Tongariro Power Development.

For those traveling to the north of Turangi be sure to check out our Taupo and Rotorua  recommendations or consider a round the mountains journey through Ohakune & National Park Village.

Local Services & Food Here!

Toward Tongariro National Park

Alpine & Native Bush Walks Riverstone Recommendation

Its 30 minutes drive to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, 45 minutes to the Whakapapa Walks at Whakapapa Village and a further 10 minutes to the Whakapapa Ski Field. Heading into the National Park via SH47 there is a great native bush walk at Lake Rotoponamu (1hr) which could be combined with the shorter Te Porere Redoubt walk. There are also some interesting alternative mountain biking and walking options off SH1 south of Turangi in the Kaimanawa Forest Park.

Tokaanu Marae Po

Tokaanu, Pukawa & Western Bays

Thermal Bathing & Native Bush Walks Riverstone Recommendation

Tokaanu village features the Tokaanu Thermal Pools and a charming short walk either through the village to the old wharf or the small thermal area by the hot pools. The lakeside village of Pukawa has some short native bush walks and a white sand swimming beach in summer.

Trout, Fly Fishing & Boat Cruising

World Class Fishing & Scenery Riverstone Recommendation

There are a variety of trout and fly fishing options or both the experienced and inexperienced, and fly fishing guides are available. A surprisingly neglected choice is that of hiring a boat for the morning for a dawn cruise and some fishing on the lake.

White Water River Rafting

Spectacular River Gorge Descent Riverstone Recommendation

The ultimate rainy day activity – a 2 and 1/2 hour rafting descent of the Tongariro River (Grade 2-3) through the scenic river gorge, with some of the very best operators in NZ and at extremely competitive prices.

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