Parklands Motor Lodge


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Local Attractions

Tokaanu Thermal Area And Hot Pools

Located only five minutes from Parklands Motorlodge, natural thermal pools of the small Maori village of Tokaanu guarantee blissful post-skiing or post-fishing relaxation.

Walking & Hiking In Turangi

Turangi have more than 80 wilderness walks within one hour of Parklands. You can choose from Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro River Walks, Round Lake Rotopounamu, Taranaki Falls and more.

Mt Ruapehu

On Mt Ruapehu, we operate two ski areas, Whakapapa and Tūroa, on the north and southwestern slopes respectively. With terrain formed by solidified lava, the ski fields lend themselves perfectly to natural bowls, wind lips and half pipes, with a vast number of cliffs and drop offs. This makes skiing and boarding on Mt Ruapehu, some of the most exhilarating the Southern Hemisphere has to offer.

Home of the Sky Waka gondola, New Zealand’s premier gondola experience, in both summer and winter guests are transported 1.8km up and through the North Island’s most rugged and spectacular landscape, to an altitude of 2020m above sea level. Mt Ruapehu is a short drive from Turangi

Mountain Biking In Turangi

Tongariro River Rafting has a modern, well-equipped fleet of mountain bikes and access to some of the best beginners to advanced riding tracks in the central North Island.

Tongariro River

The Tongariro River is not only a famous flyfishing destination, it is renowned for its grade 2-3 whitewater rafting. Specialist on the river, Tongariro River Rafting, is an operator for rafting, kayaking, flyfishing, and mountain biking.

Trout Fishing in Turangi

A variety of fishing packages, tailored to suit individual needs, from half and full day excursions to local multi-day trips or backcountry wilderness adventures.

Tongariro National Trout Centre

Located just 4km from Parklands Motorlodge on the banks of the Tongariro River, the Tongariro National Trout Centre is a ‘must’ tourist destination. 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!

Taupo Float Plane

Slightseeing at its best! Discover NZ’s most scenic & spectacular vistas. Enjoy a unique flightseeing experience over Tongariro National Park, the Bay of Plenty and, of course, Great Lake Taupo! Scenic flights by seaplane are a magical way of gaining a true perspective of one of NZ’s most scenic regions.

Get on board our high-wing Cessna 206 seaplane for a Bay of Plenty/Taupo scenic flight you won’t forget: experience your take-off (and landing) from the water, then enjoy unrestricted views, looking down on sparkling lakes, snow-capped mountains and volcanoes, geothermal wonders, rolling surf beaches and lush forest. Call +64 7 378 7500 to book!


Two awesome activities located at one stunning site. At 47m, this is NZ’s highest water touch bungy platform. The extreme swing is a feet-first mind-blowing rush, reaching speeds of 70 kp/h. Solos and tandems available. Book your accomodation with us and get 15% OFF Taupō Bungy & Taupō Swing activities valid until 31st August 2022 - enquire at reception!

Chris Jolly Outdoors - Taupo Maori Rock Carving Cruises & Memorable Experiences

Chris Jolly Outdoors has been looking after you for 40 years, and with that in mind your safety and wellbeing, along with that of our staff, are foremost in our mind. Cruise Cat is the largest boat in the Taupo harbour, which gives you the space you need to travel with peace of mind. Journey to the Ngātoroirangi Māori Rock Carvings in comfort and style with a stunning tour of the Lake Taupō bays. Our 90-minute tour on the Lake is on your list of the 'top things to do in Taupō'. Free homemade muffin and a hot drink are included in your ticket! Please visit our website for other activities or call 0800 252 628

Tongariro River Rafting

The Tongariro River’s grade 3 rapids are perfect for first-time rafters: thrills and spills galore without any extreme drops requiring experience. Your pulse will be racing and your senses will be overloaded with all sorts of awesome. When you’re in the moment – just you, your fellow rafters and the thundering water, you’ll truly understand why white water rafting is so so addictive! Our awesome highly trained guides are experts at calming any first-time nerves. They’ll keep you entertained and tell you all about the sensational scenery and wildlife you’ll see while you’re floating along. You’ll get to know our friends the Whio, highly endangered native blue ducks who call the Tongariro River home. They live in pairs all along the river – see if you can spot them! The water on the Tongariro is crystal clear – keep an eye out for the huge rainbow and brown trout swimming around or slide over the side of the raft in one of the many pools and have a swim with them. Whitewater and Family trips departing daily. Book your next rafting adventure by clicking the following link or by calling 0800 10 10 24

Taupo Tandem Skydiving

Taupo Tandem Skydiving is New Zealand’s #1 Rated Skydive on Tripadvisor. Operating for over 25 years, we’re the original tandem dropzone in NZ – we’ve thrown over 200,000 crazy people out of our planes! Skydiving in Taupo is truly an unforgettable experience – you’ll see volcanoes, coast-to-coast views of the North Island and the incredible shores of Lake Taupo. Our tandem masters are highly trained and experienced. Our crew is what makes TTS one of the best choices to go skydiving in New Zealand. With years of experience under their belt, our team will make sure that your skydiving experience is the most fun one of your life!