Lake Taupo wharf, looking towards Turangi and Mount Pihanga

Image: Jimmy Johnson | DOC


The Tūrangi area covers a variety of environments ranging from lake and river walks to tracks of thermal and historic interest.

Place overview


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Walking and tramping

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About this place

Nature and conservation

Tūrangi lies at the southern end of Lake Taupō on the banks of the Tongariro River – world famous for its fly fishing, and home to the native blue duck (whio).

The South Taupō Wetland extends around the southern edge of Lake Taupō between Motuoapa and Waihi including the Tongariro River Delta. It is an important habitat for a number of threatened species of birds and a wide variety of plants.

History and culture

Ngati Tuwharetoa iwi arrived in the region in the late 14th century, however the unfertile, ashy soil and the poor food source from the lake meant that life was difficult in the area. Europeans settled in the area in the1880s and 1890s after the introduction of brown and rainbow trout into the lake and rivers.

Tūrangi remained a quiet village until the 1960s when the growing demand for hydropower saw the town expand. The town accommodated hundreds of construction workers and their families employed to work on the Tokaanu hydro power station scheme.

Know before you go

For information on accommodation, events and activities in the Tūrangi area visit the Go Tongariro website.


Turangi Office
Phone:   +64 7 384 7106
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   3 Town Centre
Turangi 3334
Postal Address:   Private Bag 2
Turangi 3353
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