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.
Established in 2003 by a collective of Turangi volunteers and the Department of Conservation at an existing trout hatchery site, the iconic Trout Centre lets visitors view and feed wild rainbow trout in their native environment. An underwater viewing chamber also brings visitors up close and personal to the fish and allows close inspection of their spawning and feeding rituals.
The River Walk, a classic angling museum comparable to any in the world, mimics the path of a river and its many displays and video presentations provide an educational opportunity to explore the history of the area’s angling and the ecology of the Taupo fishery. Surrounded in native bush, the Trout Centre provides an authentic taste of New Zealand bush, fish, and birdlife.