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10 best things to see in Turangi: must-visit attractions


Perfect location to access Lake Taupo with Tongariro National Park a neighbour. The enormous trout ‘big thing’ makes it very hard to miss the place driving up or down State Highway one. Turangi understands budgets and not having a fortune to spend on paid entertainment. Turangi is a master at making do and having a great time. There are numerous budget friendly where to stay options in Turangi, check with the Turangi visitor information centre for details.

Tongariro Lodge, Turangi @Booking
Ka Mate Haka performed by the All Blacks chant origins are a stone’s throw away.

Opotaka is the birthplace of the All Blacks haka. Ngati Toa chief Te Rauparaha once sheltered at Motuopuhi and he acknowledged Wharerangi and his people by composing his famous ngeri, or war chanti Ka Mate. There are informative plaques to explain the significance of the site for visitors.

Ka Mate Haka @thegosogo
Walk Around Lake Rotopounamu.

The name translates as Lake Greenstone, very apt for the deep crystal clear emerald lake waters. There are picnic tables and toilets for a day out and about absorbing the bird song. Location: SH47 The car park is opposite the signposted entrance. Take care crossing the road. Check our Coast to Coast Lower North Island itinerary for details.

Rotopounamu Lake walk
Lake Rotopounamu Loop @AllTrails
Tokaanu for a classic geothermal pool experience.

Plus the flat 20 minute walk around the thermal park. There is no charge for the geothermal walk however the pool does have an entrance fee.

Tokaanu thermal hot pools, Turangi, New Zealand Tokaanu thermal hot pools
Tongariro River walks numerous options depending on your fitness levels with swimming pools marked on trail maps.

Perhaps you want to try your hand at biking the route.

Tongariro River walks
Fly fishing the river to catch a trout for your next meal.

A classic Tongariro hit and miss activity. No fish, perhaps no dinner.

Fly fishing Tongariro River
National Trout Centre especially school holidays with kids fishing programmes.

There are admission fees to the Centre. Remember to visit the Whio (native blue duck) creche for baby ducklings. There are no entrance fees to the walks and Trout Centre creche area.

National Trout Centre
Visit the Volcanic Activity Centre at the Turangi Visitor Information Centre for an interaction shaking in your boots experience.

At the same time pick up your brochures for the Tongariro River trails.

Volcanic Activity Centre @Chun-Wei Lu
Spoil yourself with a white water rafting adventure on the Tongariro River.

There are trips to match your experience and expectations. Exhilaration and sheer nail biting excitement for all age groups.

White water rafting
Visit the Kaimanawa Forest Park perhaps the Kaimanawa Forest Loop Walk – 1.1 km 20 minutes Starts and finishes beside the Urchin Camping Area, 3 km along Kaimanawa Road.

This is an easy loop walk through a beautiful forest dominated by red beech. Check travel pack information for park brochures. See if you can spot the iconic Kaimanawa wild horses.

Kaimanawa wild horses standing amongst tussocks
Eat a pie at Turangi Bakery and test whether the hype is worth the bite.

The Turangi Bakery and Cafe offers the best Turangi pie in town. They also serve coffee, sandwiches, and cakes.

Classic meat pie Turangi Bakery

Turangi is worth the journey.


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