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Family Things to do in Turangi

Things to do in Turangi

Family Things to do in Turangi, Great Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Family things to do in Turangi are plentiful in both summer and winter.Things to do in Turangi and the areas close by include climbing walls, white water rafting, hikes, trout fishing, mini putt, hot pools and biking. Only 45 minutes away from Turangi is the Whakapapa ski field which is great for families in winter and a fun trip sightseeing to the Knoll Ridge Café in summer. If your family is a little older you might also like to complete the Tongariro Crossing (recommended for children aged 14 +).


White Water Rafting

Great fun white water rafting down the Tongariro River in both summer and winter.

Running beside Turangi is the Tongariro River, famous for its trout fishing and white water rafting! Head to the Tongariro River Rafting Company. With many years of experience they can take you down anything from grade 2 to grade 4 rapids. The family grade 2 is great for children aged 3 years and older and a real family adventure! The grade 3 is more suited to older children aged 10 years and over.

Trout Fishing & Viewing

Taking your children trout fishing is another experience that you can easily organise and take part in while visiting Turangi! There are some local guides who can help you out or just take your children to go and watch the local fisherman, you can find them all along the Tongaririo River Trail Walk/Cycle Way. Only 5 minutes out of Turangi Township heading South is the Tongariro National Trout Centre where you and your family can get up close and personal with the trout that are released into the Tongariro River. Feeding the trout is a highlight and the information about the breeding scheme is interesting and informative.

Mountain Biking

Family Biking the Tongariro River Trail, an easy grade 2 loop track.

Mountain biking the Tongariro River Trail is great fun and so easy to access from the centre of town where you hire bikes from. This is a mellow grade 2 trail which is wide and well surfaced. It starts from the Turangi township as the river exits into Lake Taupo on the Northern end of town. Follow along the beautiful clear waters of the Tongariro river, stopping to spot trout along the way. Pedal away from Turangi along the river until you’ve had enough then turn around or do the loop ride which is approximately 15km long and suitable for the whole family. If you would like a guided tour of this track from a local guide then you and your family can learn about the history of this great River and its surroundings!

Pukawa, Kuratau & Tokonou

Continuing to explore the surrounding hot spots in Turangi check out Pukawa and Kuratau in the summer. These two little Bays, only 15 minutes West of Turangi are amazing for some summer swimming and a must when looking for family things to do! Heading to or from these bays make sure to stop at the Tokonou Thermal Hot Pools. These are great value for the family and don’t miss the little thermal walk next to the hot pools which has boiling mud and steaming mud!

Mini Putt

Heading back into the middle of Turangi there is a great mini putt course that is always popular with both families and couples! The layout is great and easily accessible from anywhere in town. From here you can also walk or drive 2 minutes to the climbing wall Vertical Assault Turangi. This is a fantastic family activity as they have walls for both the timid and adventurous children and adults!


Heading back out into nature one the the family things to do in Turangi is to take the kids and check out heaps of the great hikes/walks that are around the area. From the Tongariro River Trail to the Pukawa Bays Walks there is a walk for every level and interest from scenic to historic! Spot the predator traps that are out and about. These traps are set to catch the pests that attack the New Zealand native kiwi. Spot the endangered blue duck only found in New Zealand.

The only problem with Turangi for family things to do is the choice! You need to stay for at least a few days to see and experience everything that makes this little town tick!


Places to Stay:

Tongariro Lodge

Tongariro River Motel

Places to Eat:

Lakeland House Restaurant

Tongariro Lodge

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