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Tongariro National Trout Centre

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Address: State Highway 1, Turangi 3353, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 7-386 8085
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Walk the banks of the world famous Tongariro River. Visit the Trout...

Walk the banks of the world famous Tongariro River. Visit the Trout Hatchery with its own museum and fresh water aquarium. Learn the history of fishing in Taupo. Have a picnic by the pond, feed the trout with special food available for sale from our visitor centre. See wild trout in the streams and at the underwater viewing chamber. Small charge for adults, kids free!

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Tongariro River Family Fun White Water Rafting from Turangi
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Worthwhile Rest Stop

While in the area, be sure to stop there. Whether u take the tour or simply walk the gorgeous trails woven thru the center to see awesome flowers of all colors & be impressed by... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
globalpaddler
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Boise, Idaho
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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

While in the area, be sure to stop there. Whether u take the tour or simply walk the gorgeous trails woven thru the center to see awesome flowers of all colors & be impressed by huge trout @ ur feet in nearby ponds. Ur experience may drive u to choose to take fly fishing lessons as I did in the... More 

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Thank globalpaddler
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My partner is a trout fisherman so wanted to visit the centre. It's a really well laid out and superb exhibition of almost everything to do with trout in New Zealand. I am not a fisherman but found it really interesting. Enjoyed feeding the trout too !!!

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Soldotna, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The center has a lot to offer. The museum was fun and fascinating with all the history, antique fishing stuff galore! Next on the tour is the hatchery, pretty cool. Then the fun really begins, take a stroll along the stream and peek in the underwater viewing window to see the fish. You can buy food and feed them too!... More 

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Moate, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tip for families, you don't have to pay to get a look at the trout and have fun feeding. For $4 you can buy a tub of Trout food and then wander around the outside pathways and still see trout under water and feed them at the big pond. Loved that the front desk gave us loads of good tips... More 

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Thank Phaedra571
TroutcentreCEO, General Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit...good value place to visit for families. More 

Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great family day out, so many trout to see and learn about!!! The tuck truck near the duck pond is fabulous, the food is freshly made, tasty and affordably priced and very accommodating for someone with allergies. Highly recommended!!

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Thank 314jumpinjacks
TroutcentreCEO, Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed it, our food caravan is a new idea so great to hear your feedback... More 

te awamutu
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

informative visitor centre with aquarium then a short stroll from the stream, kids fishing pool, river, friendly and knowledgable DOC rangers set up along the river path with river insects for kids to view, the blue duck whio and hatchery enclosures. the best for me was sitting chatting with friends in the summer shade along the river watching fishermen in... More 

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Thank kathy a
TroutcentreCEO, General Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

The visitor centre and attached aquarium and hatchery are only part of what you will see if you visit us..lots of great places to sit and watch the anglers on the river and kids fishing (On our scheduled kids fishing days) More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent place to visit. Has been well done and displays, history and site really adds to the attractions of Turangi. Great to see the conservation work being done with the Whiro Ducks. Great place to take kids. Good river walk along the Tongariro. Loads of native birds....will return

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Thank Alan B
TroutcentreCEO, General Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Our Whio program is growing with a record number of birds coming through this season on their last stop before being returned to the rivers where their eggs were gathered... More 

Rangiora
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another family trip out today and this time we went here. The kids and I REALLY enjoyed this place. Heaps to learn in the museum part and lots of awesome fish to look at. We enjoyed feeding the trout and walking around the different pools. Excellent.

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TroutcentreCEO, General Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Always something new to see rain or shine... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We went on a rainy day because there was nothing better to do! In hind sight I would rather have spent the $49 (three adults and a tub of fish food) in a nice cafe or bar but we did learn a few things about fly fishing. Most of this is still outdoors so be aware before you go! Would... More 

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Thank NaomiF2901
TroutcentreCEO, General Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Yes unfortunately a large part of this visit is outdoors so come prepared if it is wet. We will be providing umbrellas in the future for those that dont have them. More 

Kaitaia, Northland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We had a really good time visiting for the day. The kids (21 months and 4.5 years) enjoyed the river walks, aquarium and hatchery. The major disappointment for the day was the kids fishing. On paying for entry, we were told about it and pointed in the direction of it. Sign posted too, we followed the trail to kids fishing.... More 

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Thank Melody P
TroutcentreCEO, General Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting, unfortunately there was a large number of kids booked for fishing on that day and to top that off the trout were no overly cooperative. More 

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