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Family river fun in Turangi

A Short Break

Take a break, reconnect with nature and your family and experience the Tongariro River like never before. This Tongariro getaway is for families with a sense of adventure who also want to relax away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Enjoy lakeside accommodation, explore untouched wilderness by horseback, take a journey along the beautiful Tongariro River and unwind in soothing thermal waters.

Weekend begins


Friday night – Check in on a Friday night for two nights’ accommodation at one of Taupō’s hidden gems when it comes to accommodation – Braxmere Lodge, suitable for up to two children. Nestled on the southern shores of Lake Taupō in Tokaanu. Or Creel Lodge, situated on the famous Tongariro River in a beautiful garden setting.


On the River

Today is a day for adventure like no other with family float experience on the world-famous Tongariro River with Tongariro River Rafting, for children 3+ years. This is the perfect family activity – you, the kids, and an awesome guide in one raft, on an adventure on the Tongariro River. You may also spot an endangered whio or blue duck floating on the river and learn more about Tongariro River Rafting’s involvement in the rehabilitation and protection of these native ducks.

Soak or Cycle?


If it is time to relax, head straight to Tokaanu Thermal Pools and unwind in a thermally heated private pool. You may also wish to stroll through the Tokaanu Thermal Walk near the pool complex, a 20-minute short walk through a natural thermal area where you can glimpse steaming hot geothermal activity.

If the kids still have energy to burn, spend some time exploring the beautiful Tongariro River Trail (15km) an easy grade 2 mountain bike ride. Discover stunning native bush, rolling farmland, swing bridges and lovely river views on this ride. This easy trail is a looped ride from Turangi town, with multiple entry/exit points making it perfect for children.


National Trout Centre

Take a visit to the Tongariro National Trout Centre first thing in the morning. Here you can learn all about this world class fishery and the freshwater world of trout. Meander through the freshwater aquarium to gain an insight into the history of trout fishing in New Zealand and the other freshwater species often seen in our rivers and lakes. Then wander around the riverside trails to view the Whio creche where the very endangered blue duck chicks are reared until they can survive back in the wild.

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Korohe Horse Treks

Sunday afternoon provides you with the opportunity to explore beautiful wildness by horseback with Korohe Horse Treks.

From gentle forest and river treks for the whole family, to trout fishing by horseback for older children. Enjoy beautiful scenery whilst learning about local Māori myths and legends with local passionate guides.

More information and things to do in Turangi.