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Taupo / Turangi Attractions & Activities: Skiing, Fishing, Golf, Rafting, Kayaking

Turangi / Taupo attractions and activities are dominated by the three imposing volcanic peaks of the Tongariro National Park which tower over this pristine New Zealand adventure-land. Skiing on Mount Ruapehu and some of the most captivating mountain walks in the world are only a short 40-minute drive from River Birches.

Turangi offers an 18-hole golf course, white-water rafting on the Tongariro and canoeing through the surrounding wetlands. Walkers will enjoy the river walkway alongside River Birches and the many other scenic walks in the area.

An easy 35-minute drive north brings you to the tourist hub of Taupo. Here you will find excellent restaurants, bars, shopping and many outdoor pursuits, such as fishing, boating, water-skiing and bungy-jumping and several 18 hole golf courses including the famous Wairakei International Course..

Wine enthusiasts can take a scenic two-hour drive to the superb wine district of Hawke’s Bay.

hawkes bay wineries - www.hawkesbay.co.nz
Just two and a half hours drive from Turangi, lies the Hawkes Bay region bursting with vineyards, food markets, restaurants and all year round wine tasting at some of New Zealand’s oldest vineyards. A great day trip to enrich your stay.
local walks - www.doc.govt.nz
No other New Zealand location has a greater abundance of scenic walks. From your River Birches base you can reach hiking tracks in Kaimanawa Forest Park, Tongariro National Park, local river walks and trails around Lake Taupo. Options range from walks lasting an hour or so through to 2 or 3 day treks.
tongariro crossing - www.adventureheadquaters.co.nz
This iconic walk draws visitors from all over the world. Spectacular hiking through alpine forest, volcanic mountains and crater lakes is breathtaking and can be done within a day by most active people.
skiing - www.mtruapehu.com
Two major ski fields located in World Heritage Tongariro National Park are within an hour's drive from River Birches. These ski fields often enjoy a long season beginning late autumn through to mid spring.
white water rafting - www.trr.co.nz
Take an exhilarating rafting trip down a beautiful stretch the famous Tongariro River, through rapids and fishing pools through to the edges of Lake Taupo. Grade 1 water is suitable for first time rafters. Great fun on the doorstep of River Birches.