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“Good for a couple of hours if you are passing”

Tongariro National Trout Centre
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Tongariro River Family Fun White Water Rafting from Turangi
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Turangi
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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!
Fareham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
“Good for a couple of hours if you are passing”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

Nice location just of the main Wellington highway (SH1) in an ideal location next to an impressive river, this is a must for any anglers but equally is very interesting to those who are not. Arrived near closing time but still managed to see the many stages of the trout cycle. The size of the fully grown fish were awesome more like salmon than trout. Small exhibitions are informative and well put together.
Do take the riverside walk it brings it all together.

Visited February 2014
Thank Ian B
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Nice park, ideal location”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

Really interesting to see the fishing history and strong culture in NZ. Great fun feeding the trout. An addition on a café could be a great initiative for the centre to keep people there longer. Will be great for families.

Visited March 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Amazing location”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

This alpine walk was definitely worth doing and the scenery was spectacular. The crowds meant that it felt more like a carnival than an alpine trek in nature. I was surprised at how ill equipped many people were without proper clothing, footwear or food. If you are thinking of doing this walk, check out the Department of Conservation website and take the right gear in case the weather turns nasty (which it often does).

Visited March 2014
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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Informative and interesting”
Reviewed March 20, 2014

Even if you are not interested in fishing, the Trout Centre is a great place to spend an hour or two. It is a beautiful setting and very informative.

Visited March 2014
Thank Carol K
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“Great opportunity to learn about the life of a trout”
Reviewed March 10, 2014

Tongariro National Trout Centre is a hatchery run by the Department of Conservation. It is 4 km south of Turangi on Hwy 1 on the banks of Tongariro. It has an excellent exhibition of freshwater fishing memorabilia. Plenty of books to surf and you can read about how to make the trout fishing lure. There are a lot of fresh water aquariums to explore and you can feed the wild trout as well. You can also study the life cycle of trout and be amazed. The centre is well laid out and there is a lovely river walk to undertake as well. It was very interesting to read about the history of fishing in the Taupo region. It is also a great place to go if you are travelling with kids.

Visited December 2013
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