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Tongariro River near Turangi | Credit: Macronix via Flickr (CC)

Turangi provides entry to the internationally renowned fly-fishing waters of the mighty Tongariro River. If you’ve had lean pickings in less bountiful waters, Turangi is the place to rediscover the thrill of angling.

Helicopter and raft-fishing, or hiking, provides access to remote high-country streams, where trout take advantage of the isolation to grow to record sizes. For those who can’t be tempted by the lure of rods and waders, Turangi offers a challenging 14-metre indoor climbing wall, mountain biking tracks, and easy access to the Tongariro River walk.

The river also features 13km of Grade 3 rapids that attract whitewater rafters and kayakers of all abilities. At the end of an adventurous day the Tokaanu Thermal Pools provide a relaxing soak and the adjacent DOC walkway provides an easy stroll through native bush and pockets of thermal activity.

Heading out of town on SH 47, a lookout provides a fitting farewell to Lake Taupo before the ascent through dense forest into Tongariro National Park. Hinemihi’s Track provides a chance to retrace the steps of early Maori. Further down the line, Mangatepopo Road provides access to the acclaimed Tongariro Crossing, NZ’s best one-day hike.

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What to do

  • Go fly-fishing on the mighty Tongariro River
  • Do the Tongariro River Walk
  • Go white water rafting or kayaking
  • Head for the Tokaanu Thermal Pools
  • Try one of the many mountain biking tracks

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Getting there

  • From Palmerston North by road: 195km
  • From Wellington by road: 326km
  • From Napier by road: 199km
  • From Rotorua by road: 134km
  • From New Plymouth by road: 237km
  • From Hamilton by road: 227km
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