The village of Tokaanu and it’s associated thermal pools has a long history that predates European settlement.
Today it offers a range of amenities that include a historic church, public thermal baths and motor garage. Tokaanu is the Southernmost entry point to Lake Taupo and has a marina with all-weather boat launching ramps. The marina is the favoured launching spot to access Lake Taupo and the Tongariro River mouth with its exceptional fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Find out more about Tokaanu and the Greater Turangi Region here.
Local Thermal Wonderland
Visit the Tokaanu thermal area behind the Tokaanu Thermal Pools, just 5 min walk from the motel. Follow the path past steaming pools, sulphurous vents, and hot plopping mud pools. The walk is free and takes about 20min on well-formed paths and boardwalks.
While walking, do visit the Tokaanu Thermal Pools. As you cross the bridge over the Tokaanu steam, look for the large rainbow trout that are lying there waiting to be fed.
Activities & Attractions
Tokaanu Lodge Motel’s friendly hosts will arrange and give advice on local tours for you to enjoy.
Taupo Trout Fishing
Go fishing for fighting rainbow trout or those large but elusive brown trout. Tokaanu Lodge Motel can arrange half and full day tours with a knowledgeable local guide – Michael Rowntree, Tel: 021 02568995
For thrills and exhilaration in Summer, go white water rafting down Tongariro River with Rock’n’River Rafting. This fun adventure is tailored to suite the family.
Walking & Hiking
Enjoy a walk with knowledgeable guides through pristine native forest or a free walk around beautiful Lake Rotopounamu, a hidden lake close to the main road with magnificent old podocarp trees.
For those wanting something that even more spectacular, try tramping on the world-famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the best one-day walk in New Zealand. Plus it carries a dual status a World Heritage site and also as the New Zealand’s oldest national park. Tongariro Expeditions will collect you from Tokaanu Lodge Motel and return you at the end of the day. For more details, visit www.thetongarirocrossing.co.nz/
Skiing & Snow Sports
During Winter, visit the Tokaanu Ski Shop for ski and snowboard rentals for an exhilarating day the slopes of Mt Ruapehu’s. It’s only 30-40min to Whakapapa Ski Fields.