Attractions and Activities

The Best Trout Fishing in the World!

Our Turangi motel sits on the banks of the Tongariro River, only 30 metres from the world famous Bridge Pool. The Tongariro River is one of the top fly-fishing rivers in New Zealand, where you can catch both rainbow and brown trout all year ‘round.

We can also arrange boat trips on Lake Taupo where you can catch trout from the comfort of a launch (just don’t tell the fly-fishermen).

Hiking in the Tongariro National Park.

There are numerous walks around the region to suit every level of fitness, from scenic river walks to bush walks through native forest and mountain terrain.

The Tongariro Crossing is deservedly described as one of the best one day hikes in the world. The crossing takes you from alpine meadows to mountain summits with stunning volcanic features. You’ll be walking across lunar landscape between Mt Tongariro at 1967m and Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom, for all the Lord of the Ring fans) at 2287m above sea level.

Here are some options for Tongariro Crossing transport and/or guided trips. Mountain Shuttle, Tongariro Expeditions, Turangi Alpine Shuttles

New Zealand Rafting

The Tongariro River has a series of grade three rapids. Imagine rafting through pristine pools, breathtaking gorges, rapids that get your heart racing while you observe native blue ducks and mystical ancient beech forests!

NZ Kayaking

All rivers and lakes surrounding Turangi can be kayaked – talk to us for more information.

Jet boating in New Zealand

Experience the thrill of Jet-boating on the Waikato River.

NZ Skydiving

If you need something to make you feel alive then feel the adrenaline and exhilaration of a Skydive over the majestic Lake Taupo from 1200ft (or upgrade to the 1500ft jump)!

New Zealand Skiing and Snow Boarding

The dual World Heritage site that is the Tongariro National Park is only 40 minutes drive away. The park caters for all levels of skiers and has 30 groomed trails.

Quad Biking & Paint Ball

For those who like to try a little off-road biking – try Quad Biking!

Mountain Biking

  • The Tongariro River Trail is a loop trail that begins and ends right here at our Motel. Great as both a walking and biking track this easy level trail is a great option for those not wanting to tackle the more difficult trails.
  • Download the Ruapehu Great Bike Rides brochure
  • The 42nd Traverse is one of the premium mountain bike rides in New Zealand. Renowned for long, often rutted, downhills that will test even the most adventurous mountain biker!
  • Fishers Track 50km,  3-5 hours
  • Erua Conservation Area  1-4 hours
    3km from Horopito on Middle Road, a mix of 4WD and single tracks. A good area for exploration. Also a registered hunting block so stay alert and wear high viz.
  • Rangataua Forest  1-3 hours
  • John McDonald Loop
    For the experienced rider who likes to be tested. It’s 40km, 4-7 hours and takes excellent navigation skill and you’ll encounter every type of riding you can think of. It’s a BEAUTY.
  • Taupo Lake Track

There are many other tracks located in the Turangi, southern Lake Taupo and Tongariro River region.

The best New Zealand adventure activities – all in one place.

To experience all the New Zealand adventure activities the region has to offer, book your stay at Turangi Bridge Motel. Read more about our New Zealand restaurant and Tongariro accommodation.

Active Volcanic Zone

We live in one of the most active volcanic zones in New Zealand. This has provided us with the magnificent landscape we have and given us the great Lake Taupo.

Visit the Turangi Volcanic Centre, a hands-on interactive educational centre that makes learning about the earths volcanic forces easy and fun for all ages.

We keep an active eye on the volcanic activity and there’s generally nothing to worry about, just a need to be aware of where you are. For an up to date status of our volcanoes activity level go to the NZ GeoNet site.

Sightseeing at Tongariro National Park.

The Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage Park and is a year-round tourist destination. You will appreciate all the region has to offer when you view the volcanic craters, deep lakes, snow-fed rivers and bush-clad ridges from the air, or you can see it from your own car as you drive around the park.

NZ Fly Fishing

Go fly fishing at the world famous Bridge Pool and Tongariro River, one of the best spots in New Zealand for brown and rainbow trout fishing. Find out more about fishing at Turangi Bridge Motel.

Lake Taupo trout fishing.

The Tongariro River and Lake Taupo are both excellent spots for New Zealand trout fishing. Read more about fishing at Turangi Bridge Motel.