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Turangi is a town at the south end of Lake Taupo, in the Central North Island of New Zealand.


  • 1 Turangi i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 1 Ngawaka Pl (adjacent to Volcanic Activity Centre), +64 7-386 8999, . Oct to mid-Jun daily 9AM-5PM, mid-Jun-Sep daily 8:30AM-4:30PM.

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By bus[edit]

Intercity have three services per day from Auckland and from Wellington.

By car[edit]

Turangi is on State Highway 1, between Taupo and Waiouru.

Get around[edit]

Map of Turangi


  • 1 Tongariro National Trout Centre, 257 State Highway 1 (3 km south of town, on the Tongariro River Trail), +64 7 386-8085. Daily 10AM-4PM. Freshwater aquarium and flyfishing museum. Also a creche for young endangered whio (blue duck) for Dec-Mar approx. Adults $15, under 16 free.
  • 2 Volcanic Activity Centre, 1 Ngawaka Pl (cnr Ohuanga Rd). Daily 9AM-4PM. Adults $12, children 5-15 $7.


  • Tongariro River Trail. Walk or mountain bike. It's 15 km in total, but you can walk just parts of it. You can start it at i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. Tongariro National Trout Centre is on the route.
  • Trout fishing. Turangi is mostly famous for the Tongariro River, which runs through it. It provides excellent fishing all year round (but particularly during August-October) for rainbow (steelhead) and brown trout.
  • Hunting
  • Walking, climbing and (in season) skiing in nearby Tongariro National Park



  • 1 Hydro Eatery, cnr Ohuanga Rd & Pihanga St, +64 7 386-6612. Daily 8AM-3PM. Cafe.
  • 2 RUST Licensed Gourmet Burger Bar, Shop 6, 56 Turangi Town Centre, +64 7 386-5947. Th-Sa 7AM-11PM, Su & W 7AM-9PM.
  • 3 Turangi Tavern, 17 Ohuanga Rd, +64 7 386-6071. Daily 11AM-11PM. Pretty good pub food.



  • 1 Riverstone Backpackers, 222 Te Rangitautahanga Rd, +64 7 386 7004. Purpose-built 18-person character backpackers, which also offers Tongariro Alpine Crossing Transport. Set amongst native gardens with new kitchen, open-plan living area and huge sun deck. Heaters in all bedrooms, blankets, full laundry facilities and always-hot showers. Log-burning fire, fully insulated building and windows double-glazed. BBQ, hammocks, walk-in drying room, and specialised gear storage facilities for snow and fishing gear. Fast Internet, Skype and laptop access. Beds from $30, rooms from $66.
  • 2 Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park, 13 Te Reiti Tamara Grove (off Ohuanga Rd), +64 07 386-8754. Motel unit, cabins and campsites.

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