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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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A fun day out with the kids

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melody P
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Kaitaia, Northland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 

Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very nice museum with lots of explanations about fish and fishing, and a chance to feed the trouts in their different environments. The walk along the river was lovely.

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

Glad you enjoyed it. More 

Townsville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kids had a ball at this place. It was interesting to learn about fishing fishing and The history of fishing in this region. It was good to see the life cycle of the trout and what is being done to conserve these species. Feeding the trout was the highlight for the kids. The walk around the place was quite pleasant.... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback we have adjusted the location marker. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We called in after doing a short walk in Tongariro National Park. We were hoping to have lunch here but there was only snacks and a coffee vending machine. We bought some fish food and headed off to see the trout. It was interesting reading some of the history of the introduction of both Brown and Rainbow Trout to New... More 

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Thank Travel4me070
TroutcentreCEO, General Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting...we now have a cafe down by the Waihukahuka stream More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A nice short stroll admiring beautiful nature and trout. Can be a good activity in between something else

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Thank Anna C
TroutcentreCEO, Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Thankyou for visiting. More 

Wauchope
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to start your visit to the Tongariro River but you may have to settle for 5lbers when you finally get into the river.

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Thank Legend1961
TroutcentreCEO, Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

You would be lucky to catch trout the size they get in the centre and the spawning stream however it was common to see them that size in our rivers. More 

Oroua Downs, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

I was part of a group of 20 people. We had a 1 1/4hr guided visit and it was way more interesting than I had expected. The guide was very interesting, very knowledgable. The complex is very easy to walk around with good interesting info boards along the way. A huge assest for the area. There is no big cafe... More 

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Thank LMB27958
TroutcentreCEO, General Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review...a new cafe service will be coming this summer. More 

Manawatu-Wanganui Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I last visited here about 16 years ago and had forgotten what a great place it is. There is a mixture of outdoor and indoor attractions as well as a wonderful walk alongside the beautiful Tongariro River. Visitors see trout at just about all stages of their lives including many in their natural habitat. Very friendly staff - well worth... More 

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Thank ADC5022
TroutcentreCEO, General Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Dont forget our great kids Fishing days, with smoked trout a highlight. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

We did not go into the interpretive center. The walking trail was very good and easy - as it pass along the trout ponds, river, and children's fishing pond.

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Thank Daniel H
TroutcentreCEO, Manager at Tongariro National Trout Centre, responded to this review

Some of our visitors may not know but the grounds are free and open to wander through and enjoy and you only pay for the Museum, Freshwater native aquarium and hatchery...well worth the $15 per adult...kids are still free for this fantastic informative tour. More 

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