Turangi and Taupo
Turangi offers an 18-hole golf course, white-water rafting on the Tongariro, and kayaking through the surrounding wetlands. Walkers will enjoy the river walkway alongside River Birches and the many other scenic walks in the area.
An easy 45-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, bungy-jumping, and several 18-hole golf courses, including Kinloch in Taupo and the famous Wairakei International Course just further north.
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. (See The Tongariro Crossing section for more detail.)
River Birches Lodge is located just metres from the world-renowned Tongariro River. A short walk away, one of the river’s most famous pools – the Major Jones – awaits the early morning angler. River Birches guides can lead you to the best spots.
White water rafting
Take an exhilarating rafting trip down a beautiful stretch of 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.
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.
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.
Hawkes Bay wineries
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 wine producers. A great day trip to enrich your stay.