Creel Tackle House & Cafe

Cafe in Turangi

One of the best cafes in Turangi is a tiny room behind a tackle shop selling all your fishing equipment needs. Beside native rimu-wood tables, homemade preserves perch on the windowsill. There's a cabinet loaded with pies and pastries, a selection of bagels and, come lunchtime, pray the chorizo burger is still on the menu. Local giftware also for sale.

Hiring all the gear and buying a day-long fishing licence will cost well under $100, which as the fellow behind the counter will tell you, is 'much cheaper than skiing'.