Activities in Turangi & Lake Taupo Regions


Whakapapa ski field on Mount Ruapehu is New Zealand's largest developed ski area. Turangi is one of the closet towns to the Whakapapa ski fields, which are around a 35-minute drive from the Lodge. We assume that A Plus Lodge is one of the closest backpacker lodges to the Whakapapa ski field.

Turangi is a great base for those who wish to come off the mountain and enjoy hot pools, good accommodation and alternative activities on non-skiing days. At the height of the ski season thousands of people flock to Whakapapa on the eastern side of the mountain. A Plus Lodge - your hostel for skiing/snowboarding.

Taupo and Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo - the largest lake in New Zealand - is world-renowned for trout fishing all year round, in the lake or river. With hundreds of bays, coves and beaches you can always find a quiet spot for fishing.

If you want to experience skydiving, Taupo is the absolute best place for this! Also, a Maori cultural performance at Wairakei Terraces should not to be missed. The best place to find out what’s going on in the Taupo area is to go to the Destination Lake Taupo website and check out the events.

Tongariro River - Trout Fishing

The Tongariro River, open for fishing all year round, is renowned for its outstanding steelhead and brown trout fishing in the crystal-clear waters that flow through numerous pools as the river winds its way to Lake Taupo.

Run by the Department of Conservation, the Tongariro National Trout Centre is located just 5km to the south of Turangi on SH 1. With an underwater viewing chamber, picnic and barbecue areas, it is an ideal two-hour scenic cruise to experience the stunning scenery and birdlife in southern Lake Taupo.

Tongariro crossing shuttle: available from $30.

Turangi white-water rafting skiing and snowboarding at the ski field of Whakapapa Tongariro National Park mountains


Turangi is situated in the central North Island on the banks of the world-famous Tongariro River on its final stretch before it flows into the southern shores of Lake Taupo. Just to the southwest of Turangi is the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. Turangi is a perfect base for tourists' excursions into the World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park, Pureroa Forest Park, Kaimanawa Forest Park and Lake Taupo. It’s also perfect for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and other trekking/hiking, leisurely bush walks, hunting, mountain biking, boating, kayaking, white-water rafting etc in summer, skiing/snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu's ski field of Whakapapa in the winter, and fishing all year round.

Turangi is close to New Zealand's largest ski-area, the Whakapapa ski field. In the winter season the Turangi/Tongariro area is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Skiing is the first choice for many visitors, as well as visiting the spectacular volcanoes in the nearby World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park.

Turangi, centrally located in the middle of the North Island within close proximity to SH 1 and SH 41, is the ideal place for fishing all year round. The trout fishing here is considered among the best in the world. Just a few kilometres away from A Plus Lodge is the well-known Tongariro River.


Tongariro National Park is one of few regions in the world that has been internationally recognised as a dual World Heritage-listed area (a Natural World Heritage area and a Cultural World Heritage area). It’s one of about 15 such sites in the world.

The world-renowned 18.5km Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the Tongariro National Park is often described as the best one-day trek in New Zealand. It provides you with an opportunity to experience some of the most scenic and active volcanic areas of the Tongariro National Park such as steaming vents, hot springs, old lava flows, beautiful water-filled explosion craters and stunning views.

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a full-day journey; it will take you about 7 to 8 hours. We can arrange a shuttle bus to transport you to and from the beginning and end points of the track.

The weather in the Tongariro National Park can change with alarming speed. You must be prepared for all weather conditions. You need to bring: food and plenty of fluid (especially on hot days), a rainproof coat (overtrousers are a good idea too), sturdy boots - uneven volcanic terrain can be difficult and tiring to walk on, warm woolen or polypropylene clothing - cotton clothes don't keep you warm when it's wet, a woolen hat and gloves or mittens, sun protection, a personal first aid kit, a map and a compass - important in poor visibility. The mountains of Tongariro National Park are sacred to Maori, so please walk carefully and treat the area with respect.

Backyard Tours offer a cultural shuttle to the Tongariro crossing, stay in Turangi, closest and cheapest to the world famous walk.