Turangi is one of the Trout Fishing ‘capitols’ of New Zealand. Turangi is a relatively new town that was developed with the power station construction during early nineteen fifties. Turangi also is stop off point for those visitors and tourists seeking to explore Lake Taupo and the walks and tracks at the Tongariro National Park, just to the north.
Tourism and forestry is 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 was designed to remain as a small servicing centre for the exotic forest plantations south of Lake Taupo and for tourists but the town has struggled economically in the recent decade. Recent times have seen a spurt of growth and Turangi now has a buzz about it.