Turangi

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Turangi featuring a river or creek and rafting

With outdoor pursuits and close proximity to active volcanoes and geothermal attractions, this riverside town is an exciting vacation destination.

On the southern banks of the Tongariro River is the small town of Turangi, a picturesque place surrounded by magnificent volcanic countryside. Enjoy scenic waterfront walks, go on a trout fishing trip and hike across a mountainous landscape.

Turangi makes a great base for discovering the geothermal phenomena of the North Island.

Explore Tongariro National Park, a vast wilderness encompassing three volcanic mountains. Go on a day-long hike across the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a spectacular route that passes by rocky fields, old lava flows, craters, steam vents and emerald-green lakes. During the winter, the park is a popular ski location. Swoop down the slopes of Whakapapa on the north-western side of Mount Ruapehu. This lays claim to being the largest ski area in New Zealand.

Closer to Turangi, there are lots of activities to be enjoyed on and around the lake. Walk the short scenic tracks at the southern end of this large body of water. Mountain bike along the Tongariro River Walkway where tracks cater for all skill levels. Get out on the lake with a relaxing cruise.

Tongariro River is known for its rainbow trout as is Lake Taupo, which is approximately 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) away. Take your pick from one of several trout fishing excursions, which include half day and multi-day trips. Quad bike through bush to remote fishing destinations.

Save enough time to stop by some of the nearby villages, including Whareroa, Pukawa, Kuratau and Omori. At the small village of Tokaanu, treat your body to the warm bubbling mineral pools of the Tokaanu Thermal Area. You can even take a soak at night under starlit skies.

To reach Turangi, fly into the airports at either Auckland or Wellington. The drive from both these places takes approximately 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a domestic flight to Taupo Airport, which is about 40 minutes away by road. Whether you come during the winter or summer, there are plenty of year-round activities at Turangi.

Turangi Holiday Park
Turangi Holiday Park
2 out of 5
13 Te Reiti Tamara Grove, Turangi
The price is NZ$60 per night from 31 Dec. to 31 Dec.
Situated in Turangi, this campsite is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Turangi i-SITE Visitor Centre and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Tongariro National Park. Tongariro National Trout ...
3.3/5 (46 reviews)
"The lady who checked us in was FANTASTIC! She was helpful and friendly and told us everything we needed to know. For an extra $10 we were provided with linen - and she even made the beds for us! AMAZING! Please be aware that (outside the service) what you are paying for is what you will get. The ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jul. 2021

Turangi Holiday Park
Turangi Leisure Lodge
Turangi Leisure Lodge
2.5 out of 5
Ngawaka Place, Turangi
The price is NZ$144 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Situated in Turangi, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Turangi i-SITE Visitor Centre and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Tongariro National Trout Centre. Tongariro National ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (49 reviews)
"Lovely and warm, awesome staff, great location."

Reviewed on 13 Oct. 2021

Turangi Leisure Lodge
Tongariro Lodge
Tongariro Lodge
4 out of 5
83 Grace Road, Turangi
The price is NZ$199 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Situated in a rural location, this lodge is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Turangi i-SITE Visitor Centre and within 6 miles (10 km) of Tongariro National Park and Lake ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (249 reviews)
"Staff very friendly and accomodating. Great location easy access to river walkways. Second time staying there, will be back again in the future. Home away from home."

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2021

Tongariro Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Self contained privacy
Self contained privacy
The price is NZ$152 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Situated in Turangi, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Turangi i-SITE Visitor Centre and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Tongariro National Park. Tongariro National ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (57 reviews)
Wonderful getaway spot
"Fantastic place to stay! Lovely hosts and warm comfortable house. Very handy to the mountain and the hotpools which was ideal for us. Would definitely stay here again!"

Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2021

Self contained privacy
Turangi Trout Lodge
Turangi Trout Lodge
4 out of 5
237 Taupahi Road, Turangi
The price is NZ$300 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Situated in Turangi, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Turangi i-SITE Visitor Centre and within 3 miles (5 km) of Tongariro National Trout Centre and Lake ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Fantastic
"Fantastic property, amazing location by the river. Cosy and comfortable, had everything we needed."

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Turangi Trout Lodge
Smokebush Cottage - Free WiFi
Smokebush Cottage - Free WiFi
The price is NZ$259 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Situated in Turangi, this holiday home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Turangi i-SITE Visitor Centre and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Tongariro National Trout Centre. Tongariro ...
Smokebush Cottage - Free WiFi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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