Fishing is the local obsession in Turangi. This town sits on the banks of the Tongariro River, which is world famous for its rainbow trout.
As the unofficial trout fishing headquarters of New Zealand, Turangi invites you to call in and drop a line. The town sits on the banks of the Tongariro River, Lake Taupō is only four kilometres away and the Tauranga-Taupō River (another trout haven) is just to the east. For the ultimate trout experience visit the Tongariro National Trout Centre(opens in new window), a hatchery and educational centre run by the Department of Conservation.
Turangi’s visitors don’t all come to fish; the town is an ideal base for hiking adventures into the Tongariro National Park, with shuttles to the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It’s also just 40 minutes from the Whakapapa ski area on Mount Ruapehu and about five minutes from Tokaanu’s thermal hot pools.
Turangi is also home to the Tongariro River Trail, which is one of the region’s most picturesque mountain bike trails. This trail is popular with beginners and experienced riders alike, because of the ease of access and stunning tranquility just 5 minutes from Turangi township. There are two large swing bridges, connected by a tree-lined single-track winding amongst native bush along the shores of the Tongariro River.