is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River
, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupo
on the North Island Volcanic Plateau
of New Zealand. It was built to accommodate the workers associated with the Tongariro hydro-electric power development project
and their families. The town was designed to remain as a small servicing centre for the exotic forest plantations south of Lake Taupo
and for tourists. It is well known for its trout
fishing and calls itself "The trout fishing capital of the world". The major Māori hapu
(tribe) of the Turangi area is Ngati Turangitukua
The Turangi area covers some 2273 km², and is located close to the edge of the Kaimanawa Ranges and ten kilometres north of the stretch of State Highway 1 known as the Desert Road.
The streets around Turangi in autumn are lined with “brilliant” foliage.
Built on the banks of the Tongariro River, Turangi and its surrounding countryside offers challenging hunting, fishing, mountain biking, hiking or leisurely bush walks, white water rafting, kayaking and sight seeing.
The town has a population of around 3500, and it is (after Taupo) the second largest population centre in the Taupo District. Turangi's population peaked at 9000 during the 1970s. Since the end of the Project in the 1980s the population has declined but has remained stable due to the town's handy location for tourists.
Tourism and forestry are the mainstay of the community with the Department of Corrections two prisons, Genesis Energy, the Department of Conservation and farming being the main employers. The town is also home to a Centre for Sustainable Practice at Awhi Farm, providing education and enterprise training.
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