Enyoy our local attractions while staying in luxury accommodation in Turangi
Turangi is the adventure centre of New Zealand's North Island and Tui Lodge is the perfect luxury accommodation in Turangi from which to enjoy everything the region has to offer.
The region offers a wide range of attractions and activities including:
- world class fly fishing
- numerous treks and walks including the Tongariro River Trail and the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing
- the Tongariro National Trout Centre
- river rafting
- skiing in winter
- mountain biking
- and more ...
Below is information on two of the best known local attractions, Fly Fishing and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. For more information check out TripAdvisor's Things to do in Turangi or contact Turangi iSite.
Tui Lodge is a luxury homestay in Turangi, New Zealand, that is within five minutes walk to the world famous Tongariro River, which is noted for its winter spawning runs of wild Rainbow trout with an average weight of approximately 2kgs or 4.5lb. The Brown trout on average will be larger with quite a few exceeding 10 lbs. Click here to view the latest in river and lake conditions.
Summer fishing is quite challenging, using lighter rods and smaller nymphs, fishing for resident fish is sometimes a test of one's skill and patience. Spotting the fish first and then making the correct cast.
The scenery on these back-country streams is great and you may think that you are the only person in this world. Most can be access by 4x4 vehicle. For the angler that wants a real adventure a helicopter flight will get you in to the most remote rivers in our area.
Summer fishing is mainly nymph fishing using 5-7 wt rods & smaller nymphs size 12-14,where as the winter fishing will require heavier rods e.g. 8-9 wt because of the much heavier nymphs that we use.
This area is world renown for the winter runs of Rainbow & Brown trout up the Tongariro River & other smaller streams. These trout are in top condition & test your skills when trying to land these fish.
It is estimated that 50,000 - 70,000 trout run up the Tongariro River every winter. When we have had rain & the river is clear, clients have some magic fly fishing.
With your guides knowing the hot spots it is possible to hook up to 10 fish in a morning.
Rainbows will run all year round but the main fishing is May - October.
Browns run earlier & take quite a long time to move through the rivers. They start in December with the opportunity to catch them on a dry fly. Once June & July come there will be good numbers up the rivers for the patient angler. These are very allusive Brown trout, which need a bit of local knowledge to help you catch them.
From September onwards the earlier Rainbow & Brown trout that have spawned will start to return to Lake Taupo. These trout will be caught on more natural patterns as they are starting to build up condition that has been lost while spawning. There is also very good lake fishing around stream mouths in the winter time both during the day & at night.
A great opportunity to catch the big boys that come out to feed at night. This is when Ian & Andrew have caught most of their double figure trout, including Ian's 19lb brown!
There is an evening rise in the early summer & summer periods for the fisherman that enjoys some dry fly fishing.
For additional information contact Ian or Andrew - email [email protected]
There can be good trout fishing around the shores of Lake Taupo in the summer time, where the trout come into feed on the smelt that are spawning in the shallower water. This can be entertaining & frustrating, as you will see the trout aggressively feeding within two-rod lengths of you. There is also some good night fishing while the trout are smelting.
We have two small lakes that fish very well over our summer period, December - March.
Both Browns & Rainbows over 10lb are caught every year. The cicada fishing can be excellent after Christmas. Ian has had days where he has landed more than one fish over 10lbs.
For the angler that wants a real adventure to the most remote rivers, a helicopter flight is the way to go. These rivers hold good numbers of both Rainbows & Brown trout, with fish over 7lb not uncommon. There are huts by the rivers, so it is possible to stay overnight.
For one angler & one guide a smaller machine will be slightly cheaper.
There is Red, Sika & Fellow deer in our Central Plateau & Lake Taupo area. The roar for deer hunting is from April- May. All of these deer are fear chase with no deer fences in sight.Our Guide has had over 30 years experience in this area, with numerous heads over 10 points & even a fellow with 20 points. There are also rabbits, opossums, goats & pig hunting can be arranged.
Tongariro Alpine Crossing
At Tui Lodge we can assist with the planning and preparation for walking this famous New Zealand tourist attraction. From equipment to footwear, transport to clothing, we have some helpful tips to ensure you have a safe and memorable experience.
New Zealand's oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. The Tongariro National Park is rich in both cultural identity and dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery. Unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu ensure the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered a world-renowned trek.
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is heralded as the best one-day trek available in New Zealand, while others say it ranks among the top ten single-day treks in the world.
Many who complete the 19.4 kilometre journey will tell you the climbs can be steep and the weather unpredictable, though worth it in every aspect.
Prepare for the elements. Ensure transport is arranged to drop you at the beginning of the track and pick you up at the end of the day.
The weather can change quickly and unexpectedly in any alpine environment. At times conditions can be extreme. Be prepared for every type of weather.
Please take care to note the Essentials List which tells you exactly what to take and what to wear. During the winter additional gear like crampons and ice axes are required. Please take care to read Winter Experience if you are intending a winter trip.
Check the MetService website for the weather forecast. Tongariro National Park has a specific forecast.
Click here for the latest in weather conditions.