Turangi is a small town in the central North Island. It is situated on Highway 1 at the Southern End of lake Taupo. Turangi is home of the famous Tongariro River which feeds the Great Lake Taupo and can be accessed by private car or bus.
Turangi is the heart of the central north island with Auckland's and Wellington's central being almost the same driving times. Approximate driving times are as follows: Auckland Central - 4 hours Hamilton - 2 hours and 34 minutes Rotorua - 1 hour and 38 minutes Napier - 2 hours and 18 minutes New Plymouth - 3 hours and 12 minutes Wanganui - 2 hours and 11 minutes Palmerston North - 2 hours and 25 minutes Wellington Central 4 hours and 7 minutes
Intercity and Nakedbus offer coach services to Turangi several times a day from throughout the North Island. Adventure travel networks in the form of Kiwi Experience, Magic Bus and Stray also visit Turangi
Turangi is very compact and it is easy to walk to our motels, backpackers, restaurants, walking tracks, river, town centre, supermarket, information centre and library. We do have our lovely Tokaanu Thermal area just 6ks from town, along with the Tongariro National Park on the other side of the hill and some great mountain bike/walking tracks on the desert road, all of which require transport to get too. Turangi has car rentals available at Turangi Rentals and Turangi Auto Centre, a shuttle/taxi service with Turangi Alpine shuttles along with mountain bike hire at Tongariro River Rafting for you to explore our beautiful and unique surrounding area.
Shuttles/Taxi Turangi Alpine Shuttles 0508 427 677
Tours Turangi Apline shuttles will custom make a tour for you 0508 427 677 Mountain Bike Tours (bike, guide and transport provided) Tongariro River Rafting 07 386 6409 Walking Places will custom make tours to your fitness ability and requirements (i.e Cultural, Birdwatching, Alpine)
Rentals Cars Turangi Rentals 07 386 Turangi Auto Centre
There are many sights of interest in Turangi, most of which are free of charge, and you should set a day or two aside to check out the sights.To get around the sights transport is a must - a mountain bike at the very least for people with some fitness or perhaps a rental car or shuttle for those who prefer to relax while on holiday.
Turangi is mostly famous for the river that runs through it "The Tongariro River" and is world renown for it's trout fishing, however Turangi is fast growing to be the ideal destination to do the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, skiing and hunting.
Trout Fishing is a popular sport that brings a lot of visitors to the area especially during August-October when the run is on. You must purchase a Lake Taupo fishing licence to fish in our area and fishing is available on the River (fly fishing only) and Lake. If you are not experience Turangi host a range of guides that can take you out on the river or lake and if you are lucky enough to catch a trout many of the local restaurants will cook it up for you to dine on (at a small cost).
Lake and River fishing guides can be arranged by calling the local information centre on 07 386-8999 or sports shops Sporting Life 07 386-8996 and Barry Greigs 07 386-6911
Scenic flights over the Tongariro National park is a great way for people on a time budget to see our beautiful mountains