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LAKE TAUPÖ - Lake Taupo

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LAKE TAUPÖ

Official Visitor Guide 2012

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Taupö i-SITE Visitor Centre

0800 LAKE TAUPO (0800 525 382)

Tongariro Street, Taupö

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0800 2 TURANGI (0800 288 726)

Ngawaka Place, Turangi

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CONTENTS PAGE.......................................................... 1

Great Lake Taupö Region................................................... 2

Great Lake Taupö Events ................................................... 4

Getting to Great LakeTaupö.............................................. 6

TAUPÖ.......................................................................... 8

Taupö CBD Map............................................................... 12

Accommodation............................................................... 14

Activities .......................................................................... 24

TURANGI TONGARIRO............................................... 46

Turangi CBD Map ............................................................ 50

Accommodation............................................................... 51

Activities........................................................................... 53

MANGAKINO WHAKAMARU...................................... 56

Businesses......................................................................... 57

MT RUAPEHU/TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK........... 60

Ruapehu/Tongariro National Park Map............................ 62

Accommodation............................................................... 63

Activities .......................................................................... 64

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GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ REGION

ground breaking, breath taking

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CATCHING A WILD TROUT, SWIMMING IN A

CRYSTAL CLEAR LAKE, SKIING ON A VOLCANO OR

WALKING IN NATIVE BUSH – THIS IS THE ESSENCE

OF GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ, IN THE HEART OF NEW

ZEALAND’S NORTH ISLAND.

The Great Lake Taupö region is situated right in the

centre of the North Island on the dramatic Central

Plateau, a few hours drive from the main cities of the

North Island. It is a region of contrasts where you’ll find

snow capped mountains and volcanic peaks, the largest

freshwater lake in Australasia, pristine native bush,

steaming thermal areas and the Tongariro National Park,

one of the world’s only Dual World Heritage Parks.

The landscape lends itself to all kinds of activities,

from the high adrenaline rush of tandem skydiving, to

bushwalking, waterskiing or simply relaxing by the lake

with a good book.

TAUPÖ (P8)

Centrally located on State Highway 1, Taupö is situated

on the shores of Australasia’s largest fresh water lake.

Taupö is the main township of the Great Lake Taupö

region with a population of around 23,000. Well known

as a popular holiday destination, this town really knows

how to turn it on for visitors. With an inspiring range

of outdoor recreational activities to choose from, any

visitor is spoilt for choice. Home to several international

golf courses, a choice of jet boating experiences on the

Waikato River, hot thermal mineral pools, adrenaline

adventure options, great charter fishing experiences,

family fun experiences and great bush walking and

mountain biking tracks, this destination offers the true

kiwi experience. Many weekends find events being staged

in this dynamic township, whether it be motor racing

or triathlon, an art exhibition or concert, there will be

something happening to suit most tastes.

TURANGI (P46)

Located at the southern end of the lake, on the banks

of the wonderful Tongariro River, Turangi and its

surrounding countryside offers fantastic trout fishing,

challenging hunting, hiking or leisurely bushwalks, sight

seeing and much more. Turangi is the tourist gateway to

the Tongariro World Heritage Park, Kaimanawa Forest

Park, Pureroa Forest Park, the Mt Ruapehu ski fields and

the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Turangi is your adventure

centre. Whether you’re looking for sightseeing or

mountain-climbing Turangi is your perfect base to explore

the spectacular Central Plateau.

MANGAKINO (P56)

This peaceful lakeside village borders the western shores

of Lake Maraetai and is surrounded by forest and rolling

farmland. It’s perfect for anyone seeking tranquility and

also for those who enjoy outdoor adventure. It’s the

perfect base for hiking, mountain biking and all water

sports, or for exploring surrounding areas - Taupö,

Rotorua and Waitomo are all less than an hour away.

RUAPEHU (P60)

An hour south of Taupö lies some of New Zealand’s most

diverse landscapes - deserts, mountains, lakes, pristine

rivers, active volcanoes, rich farm land and native flora and

fauna. The Tongariro National Park / Mt Ruapehu region

is home to this country’s largest ski-fields and the world

famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

For more information go to www.GreatLakeTaupo.com

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ REGION GROUND BREAKING, BREATH TAKING

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GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ EVENTS

The events capital of New Zealand

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2010 GLOBAL WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL

FESTIVALS AND EVENTS ASSOCIATION HOST CITY

AWARDS POPULATION UNDER 100,000.

The Great Lake Taupö region is heralded as the events

capital of New Zealand and is home to a diverse range

of sporting, cultural and artistic events.

From the iconic sporting events like the Contact Lake

Taupo Cycle Challenge and Kelloggs Nutrigrain Ironman

NZ, to the Mizuno Half Marathon, NZ V8 Championship

races, Waikato Chiefs vs Hurricanes Super Rugby warm

up game, Oxfam Trailwalker… there is something to

interest the both the active sportsperson and those who

simply like to sit back and watch.

But there’s more to Great Lake Taupö’s events than

this, there’s the Ngäti Tüwharetoa Schools Kapa

Haka Festival, the biennial Erupt Lake Taupö Festival,

Winterfest, the Waituhi Festival of Body Painting,

outdoor music concerts held at the Unison Amphitheatre,

the NZ Sika Show, the family friendly New Year’s Eve

Concert, and Graffiato, the street arts festival.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ REGION THE EVENTS CAPITAL OF NEW ZEALAND

The Taupö Museum and Art Gallery has a changing feast

of exhibitions by local and nationally known artists, as do

galleries around the region.

We guarantee there is always something different to see

and do when you visit the Great Lake Taupö region.

For up to date information on all of the region’s events

go to www.GreatLakeTaupo.com, Great Lake Taupö’s

comprehensive and regularly updated events calendar.

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GETTING TO

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ

live 360˚

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RIGHT IN THE CENTRE OF THE NORTH ISLAND,

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ IS AN EASY LOCATION TO

STOP AND STAY ON YOUR WAY FROM ONE END

OF THE ISLAND TO THE OTHER.

BY LAND – The best way to travel to and explore Great

Lake Taupö is by car. The region is on the Thermal

Explorer Highway, which passes through Waikato

and Rotorua before reaching Great Lake Taupö, so

when travelling south from Auckland why not take this

touring route? Along the way you can visit an ancient

underground labyrinth of limestone caves and experience

nature’s awesome earth forces of bubbling mud, spouting

geysers and natural geothermal mineral pools.

Following on from Great Lake Taupö is the Volcanic Loop

Highway, which encompasses the Tongariro National Park

and the breathtaking volcanic mountain and ski fields of

Mt Ruapehu.

Alternatively, Great Lake Taupö is easily accessible by bus

as it is on the main coach routes.

GETTING TO GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ LIVE 360°

• FROM AUCKLAND

• FROM WELLINGTON

• FROM ROTORUA

• FROM NAPIER

(SH1) – 4hrs

(SH1) – 5hrs 20mins

(SH5) – 1hr

(SH5) – 2hrs

BY AIR – Situated 8kms from the town centre, Air New

Zealand operates daily domestic flights to and from

Taupo Airport (shuttles available). For more info go to

www.airnz.co.nz or www.GreatLakeTaupo.com.

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TAUPÖ

ignite your senses

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THE LOCALS LOVE THIS PLACE BECAUSE OF ITS

RELAXED PACE OF LIFE AND THE WIDE RANGE OF

ACTIVITIES ON OFFER.

Taupö is a vibrant community with a bustling café and

restaurant scene, and varied nightlife. The boutique

nature of the shopping area and ongoing calendar of

events makes this a destination to suit all visitors.

The outdoor lifestyle is second to none here with easy

access to the bush, lake and mountains. Time away

is about enjoying the simple things in life and Taupö

certainly delivers on this.

TAUPÖ MUST DO'S

• Take a ride on the iconic Lions Train – no family

holiday in Taupö is complete without taking the little

ones on the train based on the Tongariro South

Domain. Operates holidays and weekends.

• Get out on the lake and catch a trout – you’d be crazy

to come to Taupö and not get out on the lake. Contact

the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre or see pages 42-44

for details on scenic cruises to the unique Maori Rock

Carvings and fishing options.

• Fish and chips on the lakefront – Eat alfresco, just like

a local. Take in the spectacular views while watching

the sun sink behind the mountains.

• Visit two of the best vantage points along the

Waikato River, Lake Taupö’s only water outlet and

the longest river in New Zealand, for some serious fastmoving

water action. The Huka Falls are the country’s

most visited natural attraction, and can be visited by

car, foot, bike, jet boat, riverboat or helicopter,

accessed off SH1. The Aratiatia Rapids are a unique

experience - watch as the dam opens daily at 10am,

12pm, 2pm & 4pm - summer, and 10am, 12pm and

4pm – winter. Some must do ‘rapid action’. Situated a

short distance off SH5.

• Soak in a thermal hot pool – Choose from one of

Taupö’s mineral water pool and aquatic facilities, where

you can experience the benefits of the mineral waters;

or stay at one of our many accommodation providers

who have their own thermal hot pools.

• One of the best ways to see the region is from the

air – take a scenic flight from Taupö and get a unique

perspective on the mountains of the Tongariro National

Park, the Kaimanawa Ranges, and beautiful Lake Taupö.

• Gardens galore – visit some of the beautiful public

parks and gardens open in the district, such as the

Botanical Gardens and the Rose Garden. For location

information ask at the local i-SITEs.

Lake Taupö is the site of the world’s largest eruption

in the last 5,000 years. The results of its earth

shattering creation can be seen everywhere with active

volcanoes, spectacular steaming cliffs, geysers, boiling

lakes, bubbling mud pools and floating rocks called

pumice. Visit the Craters of the Moon or one of the

other significant geothermal sites in this region and

the Volcanic Activity Centre, to learn more about our

fascinating area.

• Tee off in Taupö – the Taupö region is blessed with

seven golf courses in close proximity, from a nine hole

resort course to the world class Wairakei International

Golf Course. Enough to keep keen golfers active for

at least a week.

• Enjoy the many walking and mountain biking tracks

this region has to offer, suitable for all ages and

fitness levels. Trail maps are available at the local

i-SITEs.

TAUPÖ IGNITE YOUR SENSES

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ADVENTURE

Fancy a bit of adrenaline rushing through your veins?

Why not leap off a platform with nothing but a bungy

cord attached to your ankles? Or hurl yourself out of a

plane with your jump master at the worlds busiest skydive

dropzone? Taupö is an adventure lover’s paradise, with

white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and

motorsport all easily accessible. For a bit of family fun try

rafting or jet boating, where you can view the Huka Falls,

see the Aratiatia Rapids or jet boat right up to a thermal

reserve.

LEISURE

For a more relaxed holiday, try some of Taupö’s more

leisurely activities. There are some great activity centres

which the kids will love, or relax and unwind at one of our

sensational day spas. Take a scenic flight, a guided tour or

simply relax and enjoy some sumptuous wine and cuisine

at any one of Taupö’s scenic locations. The boutique

shopping for designer clothing, homewares and art is one

the regions true pleasures.

ARTS & CULTURE

Great Lake Taupö has a proud history and heritage

built around Tangata Whenua (People of the Land).

The earliest traditions and legends, the stories from

pre-European history, contemporary Maori eco-cultual

activities, and our iconic Kapa Haka and Hangi product all

combine to give visitors to Great Lake Taupö an authentic

and unique cultural experience. Some fine examples

of Maori cultural artwork and the award winning Pure

Ora Garden are situated at the Taupö Museum and Art

Gallery, and there are boutique galleries around the

region showcasing locally produced art for every taste.

CRUISING AND FISHING

Taupö offers a number of memorable experiences on

the water. Enjoy this region’s unspoilt environment by

boat, picnic on a beach, visit the Maori Rock Carvings or

simply brunch on board any number of charter options.

The Tongariro River is Great Lake Taupö’s main spawning

river and world famous for the size and quantity of trout

in it. Fly-fishing guides will have you hooked up to a

fish on your first day. The best river time is during the

winter spawning runs – June to September. Lake fishing

is fantastic all year round. Remember to purchase your

fishing license before venturing out.

Visit one of our active geothermal areas, or enjoy the

thermal mineral waters of our local hot pools, where you

can bathe your cares away.

5 TOP WALKS

1. Spa Thermal Park to Huka Falls (2hrs return) –

Signposted track begins from the Spa Thermal Park

carpark on County Ave (off Spa Road).

2. Huka Falls to Aratiatia Rapids (4hrs return) – Track

begins over the bridge at Huka Falls. Try to time your

arrival at the rapids when the dam is due to open.

Check times with the Taupö i-Site Visitor Centre.

3. Great Lake Walkway (time varies) – Track begins

anywhere on Lake Terrace and heads around the

lake towards Turangi. Finish at Wharewaka Point, or

continue as far as Five Mile Bay.

4. Rangatira Point Walking Track (1.5hrs return) – The

track begins off Acacia Bay Road, and leads around the

lakeshore to Totara Bay. The main track continues on to

Rangatira Point and loops back to meet the road.

5. Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch (4.5hrs) – Track begins

at Whakaipo Bay,head right and climb over the stile

to begin. It is fully signposted and family friendly. Care

should be taken as it is a shared mountain bike track.

PEDAL POWER

The Great Lake Taupö region has some of New

Zealand’s best road and mountain bike tracks, some

rate this regions mountain bike trails up there with the

best in the world. And of course Great Lake Taupö is also

home to some pretty iconic road cycle events, so you’re

spoilt for choice whatever you prefer!

Try biking the gullies and walking tracks of town or the

pine scented exotic forests close by. Taupö offers over

90 kms of off road tracks ranging from gentle to heart

pumping. Many of the tracks, such as the Whakaipo to

Kinloch (W2K) trail follow beautiful bush trails, where you

can catch glimpses of the lake, rivers and mountains.

For the thrill-seeker try heli-biking into the mountains or

for the more chilled-out biker enjoy a ride through rolling

bush tracks in the pine forest. And as a real bonus, there

are many fantastic cafes at some of the exit and entry

points to several mountain bike tracks, great for post ride

replacement or as an adrenalin pump prior to setting off.

Taupö’s biking and cycling options offer something for

all ranges of fitness, experience and budget. This is an

exciting adventure sport for speed, spills and thrills.

TAUPÖ IGNITE YOUR SENSES

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THERMAL VOLCANIC

The Great Lake Taupö region is part of the Taupö

Volcanic Zone, a volcanic wonderland stretching from

White Island to Tongariro National Park. Within this

area you’ll see spectacular steaming cliffs, geysers, boiling

lakes, bubbling mud pools and floating pumice rocks.

For more info and great ideas on how to select the right

walk or hike or ride for you go to www.GreatLakeTaupo.

com and www.biketaupo.org.nz.

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OLD STATE HIGHWAY ONE

TAUPÖ CBD MAP

STATE HIGHWAY ONE

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STATE HIGHWAY FIVE

TAUPÖ TAUPÖ MAP

LAKE TAUPO

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Need more info? Taupö i-SITE Visitor Centre Tongariro St,

Taupö P +64 7 376 0027 FF 0800 LAKE TAUPO (525 382)

GPS FOR I-SITE

-38° 41’ 4.4874”

176° 4’ 13.1124”

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LAKE TAUPO ACCOMMODATION ASSOCIATION

E info@laketaupoaccommodation.com

W www.laketaupoaccommodation.com

Stay. Play. Enjoy. Relax. Indulge. View Lake Taupö’s official

accommodation website, packed full of the best places to

stay in Taupö. If you’re looking for budget accommodation,

family, or top-of-the-range motels and hotels in Taupö, you’ll

find everything you need ONLINE @

www.laketaupoaccommodation.com

HUKA FALLS RESORT

A 56 Huka Falls Road, Taupö P +64 7 376 0260

E stay@hukafallsresort.com W www.hukafallsresort.com

Come and discover our friendly service, affordable

accommodation and fantastic food. Stay and relax in our

accommodation set in spacious, picturesque surroundings and

dine in Café Pinot overlooking the Pinot Noir vineyard and out

towards Mt Tauhara. Book a date with us today!

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 ACCOMMODATION

ACCOMMODATION TYPES spacious two bedroom villas, suites

and studios EXTRA FACILITIES free wireless internet, free parking,

outdoor pool, tennis courts & petanque, conference, function &

unique wedding venue catering for up to 160

MILLENNIUM HOTEL & RESORT MANUELS TAUPO

A 243 Lake Terrace, Taupö P +64 7 378 5110

E info@manuels.co.nz W www.manuels.co.nz

Luxurious lakefront accommodation, dining and conference

facilities with stunning views and magnificent location. Rooms

include elegant suites with spa baths. Facilities include 2 award

winning restaurants, heated pool, private ‘Grotto’, sauna, gym,

tennis court and fabulous function rooms cater for 2 - 190.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ HOTELS

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TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION All types LOCATION Taupö

LOCATION Absolute lakefront ROOM

FACILITIES Air conditioning, mini bar, tea

& coffee facilities EXTRA FACILITIES Suites

have spa baths. Heated pool, sauna, gym,

tennis court

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BAYVIEW WAIRAKEI RESORT TAUPO

THE REEF RESORT MOTEL AND APARTMENTS

A State Highway One,

Wairakei, Taupö

P +64 7 374 8021

FF 0800 737 678

E stay@wairakei.co.nz

W www.wairakei.co.nz

North Island’s largest resort. Rooms available for most

budgets. Recreational facilities include 9 hole golf

course & geothermal heated outdoor pools.

Five minutes drive into Taupö. Peaceful surroundings

with native birdlife & great for the kids.

A 219 Lake Terrace, Taupö P +64 7 378 5115

E info@accommodationtaupo.com

W www.accommodationtaupo.com T From $145.00 - $245.00

(2 persons per night), apartments POA

The luxury and elegance of The Reef Resort Motel and Apartments

are complemented by stylish fully self-contained units overlooking

magnificent mountain and full lake views. Absolute lake edge

property. Close to town centre. In-room spa baths. Fresh water

heated and hot thermal pools. Corporate rates available.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 HOTEL

HILTON LAKE TAUPO

A 80 - 100 Napier Taupö

Highway, Taupö

P +64 7 378 7080

E reservations.laketaupo@

hilton.com

W www.laketaupo.hilton.com

T Seasonal Rates

Taupö’s 5 star hotel offers stunning lake

and mountain views with contemporary

accommodation to suit all needs. Excellent

facilities and Simon Gault’s Bistro Lago restaurant -

all backed up by Hilton comfort and service.

ROOM TYPES 21 luxurious units -10 studios, 9 one-bedroom and

2 luxury three-bedroom apartments ROOM FACILITIES Kitchen

facilities, air-conditioned, central heating, SKY TV Digital, spa baths,

queen/king size beds, balconies

ACCENT ON TAUPO MOTOR LODGE

A 310 Lake Terrace, Taupö

P +64 7 378 9919

E stay@accentontaupo.com

W www.accentontaupo.com

Welcome to Accent on Taupo – Taupö’s hidden gem, right on

the lakefront! Modern, self-contained units, superking beds,

complimentary Wi-Fi, SKY TV, flat screens, spa pools, BBQs,

some pet friendly units too.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ HOTEL/SELF-CONTAINED & SERVICED

ADELPHI MOTEL

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THE HUKA FALLS IS THE MOST VISITED

NATURAL ATTRACTION IN NEW ZEALAND,

VISITED BY OVER 1.5 MILLION PEOPLE A

YEAR. LOCATED ON THE BANKS OF THE

WAIKATO RIVER, IT CAN BE ACCESSED BY

WALKING OR MOUNTAIN BIKING FROM SPA

PARK, AND BY ROAD.

A 39 – 41 Kaimanawa Street,

Taupö

P +64 7 378 7594

F 0800 ADELPHI (NZ only)

E adelphitaupo@xtra.co.nz

W www.adelphitaupo.co.nz

T $90 - $190

Affordable comfort, friendly hosts and 5 minutes walk to town

and lake. Studios, 1 bedroom & 2 bedroom units all have 5 SKY

channels, most have cooking facilities. Kids playground and

wireless internet. We are also pet friendly.

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ANCHORAGE RESORT

LAKE TAUPO MOTOR INN

A 346 Lake Terrace, Taupö

P +64 7 378 5542

E info@taupomotel.co.nz

W www.taupomotel.co.nz

A 33 Kaimanawa Street,

Taupö

P +64 7 378 5401

E info@laketaupomotorinn.co.nz

W www.laketaupomotorinn.co.nz

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 SELF-CONTAINED & SERVICED

Anchorage Resort is located on the shores of Lake Taupö

and under 5km to Taupö town centre. We have a selection of

spacious rooms with fantastic views of the lake.

BAYCREST LODGE

COURTNEY MOTEL

A 15 Tui Street, Taupö

P +64 7 378 8398

E host@courtneymotel.co.nz

W www.courtneymotel.com

Courtney Motel offers studio, 1, 2, 3 bedroom motel units.

Located 50m from the lake and 1km from the town centre.

All rooms have oversize beds, SKY TV, Wi-Fi, internet and free

car parking.

GABLES MOTOR LODGE

A 79 Mere Road, Taupö

P +64 7 378 3838

E relax@baycrest.co.nz

W www.baycrest.co.nz

Experience the latest in quality service &

surroundings where traditional elegance blends

with a restful relaxing ambience. King studios &

family executive rooms. Hot thermal tubs, lake

views, heated outdoor pool & guest bar.

A 130 Lake Terrace, Taupö

P +64 7 378 8030

E gables@reap.org.nz

W www.gablesmotorlodge.co.nz

Lake Taupo Motor Inn is a 5 minute walk to the town centre

and lake front. We have a selection of modern ½ bedroom

suites, spa suites with lake and mountain views.

QUEST TAUPO

SPA HOTEL

A Tui Street, Taupö

P +64 7 378 7487

E host@questtaupo.co.nz

W www.questtaupo.co.nz

Quest Taupo offers 2 and 3 bedroom fully selfcontained

apartments located 50m from the lake

and 1km from the town centre. Apartments have

king beds, air conditioning, spa baths and full

kitchens.

A 281 Spa Road, Taupö

P +64 7 378 4120

E info@spahoteltaupo.com

W www.spahoteltaupo.com

Accomodation – studio, chalets, dorms and camper van sites.

Food and beverage- bistro and bar with pool tables.

Courtesy services – FREE collection by arrangement.

Facilities – thermal mineral indoor pool, BBQ, children’s play

area.

BACHCARE HOLIDAY HOMES

A Holiday homes throughout

Lake Taupö

P 0800 42 22 42

M +64 274 695 295

E taupo@bachcare.co.nz

W www.bachcare.co.nz

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ SELF-CONTAINED & SERVICED

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Friendly and affordable, spotlessly clean self contained units.

Enjoy fabulous views, 15 min walk to town, and directly

opposite main swimming beach. Indulge in your own private

hot pool. Family units available. Easy parking. Hosts Graeme

and Lynda Brown.

Bachcare is New Zealand’s first and only national full-service

holiday home rental and management company; ensuring

that guaranteed holiday experience! Select from an extensive

range of holiday communities throughout Lake Taupö and New

Zealand.

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ALL SEASONS HOLIDAY PARK TAUPO

TAUPO DEBRETTS SPA RESORT - HOLIDAY PARK

A 16 Rangatira Street, Taupö P +64 7 378 4272

E reservations@allseasons.nzl.com W www.taupoallseasons.co.nz

A 76 Napier Taupö Highway, Taupö P +64 7 378 8559

E stay@taupodebretts.com W www.taupodebretts.co.nz

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 SELF-CONTAINED & SERVICED/HOLIDAY PARKS

We have a great Kiwi Family holiday spot for you – a clean,

quiet, spacious, well maintained camping/RV site set on 5 acres,

with great range of accommodation options. Thermal plunge

pool, spa pool, children’s playground, BBQs, and communal

facilities.

GREAT LAKE HOLIDAY PARK

HOSTS Carole, Clive, Ivan & Sue Reid &

team TYPE Holiday Park with Motels, Self

Contained Units, Cabins, Campervan &

Tent Sites LOCATION 1.5 kms to Lake

Taupö Township

A 406 Acacia Bay Road, Taupö P +64 7 378 5159

E gtlake@xtra.co.nz W www.greatlake.co.nz

We offer beautiful views of the lake from within our attractive

grounds. Cleanliness and personal service is our priority.

We invite you to enjoy a relaxing experience. Located 3kms

from town and closest to northern boat ramps. Your friendly

hosts: Carl, Tracey, William & Colleen.

A bed for every traveller’s budget, from RV and tent sites to

luxury lodges with the best views of the lake and mountains.

5 Star Holiday Park with gorgeous park-like setting. Home to

the famous Taupo Hot Springs and Living Waters Spa.

LOCATION 800 metres from lake, 4km

from CBD ROOM FACILITIES Fully

equipped motel units, mix of ensuite cabins

and luxury lodges and chalets with heat

pumps and kitchens

LAKE TAUPO TOP 10 HOLIDAY RESORT

A 41 Centennial Drive, Taupö P +64 7 378 6860

E office@taupotop10.co.nz W www.taupotop10.co.nz

T $17 - $265 per night

At our 5 Star Holiday Resort you will find a great range of

accommodation and sites, modern facilities, NZ’s largest

Jumping Pillow, 18m Thermally Heated Pool, Playground,

Trampolines, Tennis, Chess, Checkers, Petanque, WiFi, SKY TV,

Basketball, Volleyball, Shop and Conference Facilities.

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ROOM TYPE self-contained units, deluxe

cabins, standard cabins, campervan and

tent sites EXTRA FACILITIES BBQs, private

spa, large playground, internet, Wi-Fi

LOCATION 3kms from Lake and Town

LOCATION 2km from Lake & Town, Opp

Taupo Golf Club, AC Baths & Events

Centre, 700m to Delany Park, 4km to Car

Racing Track TYPE Motels, Ensuites, Cabins

& Camping

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GOLDEN SPRINGS HOLIDAY PARK & RESTAURANT

A: 4085 SH 5, RD2 Reporoa

P: +64 7 333 8280

E: golden-springs@farmside.co.nz

W: www.goldenspringsholiday

park.co.nz

T: $23 - $100 pp

ignite your senses

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 HOLIDAY PARKS/BACKPACKERS

Between Taupö & Rotorua. Accommodation ranges from

serviced motel units to backpackers & caravan/camping sites.

Restaurant. Thermal stream. Thermal Highway. Trout Fishing.

Closest accommodation to Waiotapu Wonderland, Orakei

Korako (Hidden Valley) and Mt Tarawera Crater Walk.

TAUPÖ BACKPACKERS

BASE TAUPO

19 Tongariro St, Taupö

P 0800 BASE NZ

BERKENHOFF LODGE

75 Scannell St, Taupö

P +64 378 4909

BLACKCURRANT

BACKPACKERS

21 Taniwha St, Taupö

P +64 378 9292

GO GLOBAL

BACKPACKERS

Cnr Tongariro &

Tuwharetoa Sts, Taupö

P +64 377 0044

RAINBOW LODGE

99 Titiraupenga St, Taupö

P +64 7 378 5754

SILVER FERN LODGE

Cnr Kaimanawa &

Tamamutu Sts, Taupö

P +64 7 377 4929

TAUPO URBAN RETREAT

65 Heuheu St, Taupö

P +64 7 378 6124

TAUPO YHA

Cnr Kaimanawa &

Tamamutu Sts, Taupö

P +64 7 378 3311

TIKI LODGE

104 Tuwharetoa St, Taupö

P +64 7 377 4545

For useful stuff check out www.GreatLakeTaupo.com our

online guide for independent travellers

Our time

Family time

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YOU CAN’T PURCHASE TROUT IN

RESTAURANTS. THE ONLY WAY TO

EXPERIENCE THIS DELICACY IS TO CATCH IT

YOURSELF. MOST RESTAURANTS WILL HAPPILY

PREPARE YOUR FRESHLY CAUGHT TROUT FOR

YOU, JUST CALL AHEAD.

FOR BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION:

Taupö i-SITE Visitor Centre, Tongariro St, Taupö

Ph 0800 525 382 Email taupovc@greatlaketaupo.com

Turangi i-SITE Visitor Centre, Ngawaka Place, Turangi

Ph 0800 288 726 Email taupovc@greatlaketaupo.com

GreatLakeTaupo.com


NEW ZEALAND RIVERJET

A SH5, between Taupö & Rotorua. 34kms from Taupö right on

the Highway P 0800 748 375 E sales@riverjet.co.nz

W www.riverjet.co.nz

NZ’s only jet boat thermal safaris combine scenic and spinthrilling

jet boating, nature, geothermal attractions, hot pools,

commentary. 2 great trips: 1) Thermal Safari: explore the Orakei

Korako geothermal wonderland with a rare geothermal cave, or

2) The Squeeze: wade and squeeze through a hot thermal stream

to a natural waterfall-fed hot pool (20-40°C). Excellent value!

TAUPO TANDEM SKYDIVING

A Yellow Hangar, Taupo Airport P 0800 275 934

E skydive@tts.net.nz W www.taupotandemskydiving.com

Journey high above the spectacular Lake Taupö region with

views of snow-capped volcanoes and pristine coastline.

Skydive from 15,000 feet with over one minute in freefall,

reaching speeds of 200km/h! With the largest range of camera

options available and multi-lingual staff, your skydive will be

unforgettable. Experience the adventure with New Zealand’s

original tandem skydiving company, operating since 1992.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 ADVENTURE

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PRODUCT Riverjet Thermal Safari &

Riverjet ‘The Squeeze’ DEPARTURES

Daily 11am. 2pm (on demand) DURATION

2.5 – 3 hours SEASON 364 days WE

PROVIDE Life Jackets, Spray Coats, Gloves

PRODUCT Tandem Skydiving, Handycam

and Freefall DVDs, digital photos, café,

learn to skydive school DURATION Allow

2-3hrs DEPARTURES Every day, weather

permitting, from Taupo Airport

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TONGARIRO RIVER RAFTING

A The Rafting Centre, Atirau Road, Turangi P 0800 10 10 24

E info@trr.co.nz W www.trr.co.nz

Tongariro River Rafting is the Tongariro River’s most

experienced rafting operator. Owner Garth Oakden has been

rafting the Tongariro since 1988. All our guides are fully trained

rafting professionals, our equipment is top quality and the

company is 100% compliant with all safe rafting requirements.

Trips include Whitewater Rafting, Gentle Family Floats, Raft

Fishing and Kayak Adventures.

4 PLAY – TAUPÖ’S ULTIMATE ARDRENALIN COMBO

A 29 Tongariro Street, Taupö P 0800 FOURPLAY (0800 368 775)

E info@experiencetaupo.com W www.fourplay.co.nz

Taupö’s ultimate adrenalin combo - experience Taupo Bungy,

Helistar Helicopters, Hukafalls Jet and Taupo Tandem Skydiving

in one action packed day! 4PLAY is the best value way to

experience Taupö’s greatest activities, PLUS you get VIP

treatment including free photos!

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 ADVENTURE

DEPARTURES Every day except Xmas

TRANSPORT All included free of charge

WHAT TO BRING A sense of adventure

RESTRICTIONS Call for information

FORMULA CHALLENGE

A Taupo Motorsport Park, Broadlands Road, Taupö

P 0800 FCR CO NZ E info@fcr.co.nz W: www.fcr.co.nz

NZ’s #1 Motorsport Experience! You drive a single-seater or

V8 racecar at pace on the Taupö racetrack. Ideal for individuals

or corporates. No experience required and we provide all

equipment. Formula Challenge is NZ’s only Qualmark endorsed

motorsport experience!

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PRODUCT White water rafting, gentle family float, raft

fishing, kayak trips, adventure/multiday rafting.

No experience necessary TRANSFERS Courtesy pick-up

and drop off in Taupö & Turangi

OPERATING HOURS Bookings are essential PRICES

From $340 PRODUCT Drive a V8 or single seat race car

WHAT TO BRING All gear is provided DURATION 1.5

to 3 hours CAPACITY 1-100 RESTRICTIONS 14 years

and older

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FREEFALL SKYDIVE

RAPIDS JET

A Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport P 0800 375 057

E skydive@freefall.net.nz W www.freefall.net.nz

A 12km North of Taupö P 0800 RAPIDS (727 437)

E info@rapidsjet.com W www.rapidsjet.com

Jump from 12,000 or 15,000 feet above Lake Taupö. We are

the only company in Taupö to offer personalised freefall DVD

and photos. Present this ad to receive 10% off freefall DVD and

photos. Free courtesy pick up.

Fun, safe and exhilarating! Jet boat the biggest commercially

jet boated rapids in NZ, the power and manoeuvrability of our

big V8’s as you muscle up the rapids is incredible!

Guaranteed to give you the very best jet boat experience in NZ.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 ADVENTURE

PRODUCT Tandem Skydiving, Personalised Freefall DVD & Photos,

Handycam TRANSPORT Free pick up and drop off DURATION

Allow 2-3 hours DEPARTURES Everyday, weather permitting

RESTRICTIONS 100kg weight limit

RAPID SENSATIONS & KAYAKING KIWI

A 413 Huka Falls Road, next to Helistar Helicopters, Taupö

P 0800 35 34 35 E info@rapids.co.nz W www.rapids.co.nz

Experience Taupö’s Multiple Sensations: Journey by kayak

to the Lake Taupö Maori Rock Carvings or paddle down the

Waikato River. Whitewater rafting adventures on the Tongariro

River the whole family can share. Explore Taupö’s sensational

scenery by mountain bike, guided or freedom hire.

PRODUCT Jet boat tours DURATION 35mins

DEPARTURES Daily - phone for times PRICE Adults

$105; Children 5-15yrs $60 RESTRICTIONS Unsuitable

for under 5yrs WHAT TO BRING Warm jacket, gloves &

beanie in winter

TAUPO QUAD ADVENTURES

A 1475 SH1, Taupö P +64 7 377 6404 FF: 0800 478 237

E info@taupoquads.co.nz W www.taupoquads.co.nz

Adventure riding as never before over all terrain trails, winding

through scenic native bush with breathtaking scenery.

No experience necessary, specialised instructors are there to

help. You ride at your own safe speed within your ability and to

conditions.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ ADVENTURE

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DEPARTURES 363 Days a year, weather permitting

DURATION From 2 hours to a full day

ADDITIONAL INFO Adventures from $40 pp

WHAT WE PROVIDE All gear

PRODUCT Quadbike rides and quadbike/paintball

combos DURATION From 1 & 2 hours to full day

DEPARTURES Daily – phone for times, rain or shine

PRICES From $95 SEASON All year round

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TAUPO BUNGY

FUNSKI TAUPO

A 202 Spa Road, Taupö P 0800 888 408

E jump@taupobungy.co.nz W www.taupobungy.com

Overlooking the beautiful Waikato River, Taupo Bungy is NZ’s

most spectacular ardrenaline rush. Since 1991, Taupo Bungy

have refined the art of bungy jumping, specialising in NZ’s

highest water touch. Only 5 minutes from Taupö town centre

with lots of parking.

A Berth 63, Taupö Boat

Harbour, Redoubt Street,

Taupö

P 0800 386 754

E info@funski.co.nz

W www.funski.co.nz

FunSki Taupo is Lake Taupö’s only Watersports operation

offering waterskiing, wake and knee boarding as well as Banana

Boat rides. FunSki Taupo offers fun lessons for first timers to

experts. FunSki Taupo also offers on demand rock carvings

tours for up to 7 people.

KIWI RIVER SAFARIS

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 ADVENTURE

PRODUCT solo & tandem bungy jumps OPERATING

HOURS Summer 9am – 7pm (with bookings), Winter

9am – 5pm SEASON 364 days TRANSPORT Free

shuttle from Taupö accommodation RESTRICTIONS

Min weight 45kg, Must be 10 years or older.

TAUPO CLIFFHANGER

A 202 Spa Road, Taupö P 0800 888 408

E jump@taupobungy.co.nz W www.taupocliffhanger.com

Located on-site at Taupo Bungy, Taupo Cliffhanger is the

region’s extreme cliff swing. Catch your breath as you fall only

metres from the cliff. Arc up to 180 degrees over the crystal

clear waters of the mighty Waikato River.

ROCK N ROPES

A Taupö & Turangi

P 0800 723 8577

E rafting@krs.co.nz

W www.krs.co.nz

Feel the rush of the rapids, have fun on the river with friends and

family! We offer rafting and kayaking adventures on NZ’s most

entertaining rivers. KRS guides are experts in their field and are

dedicated to showing you a fantastic time on the river!

A Karetoto Road, Wairakei

Tourist Park, Taupö

P 0800 244 508

E info@rocknropes.co.nz

W www.rocknropes.co.nz

Unique and exhilarating high ropes course catering for all

ages and abilities including those with a fear of heights. An

experience where groups become a team, strangers become

friends and individuals come face to face with themselves.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ ADVENTURE

SKYDIVE TAUPO

A 26A Anzac Memorial Drive,

Taupo Airport

P 0800 586 766

E info@skydivetaupo.co.nz

W www.skydivetaupo.co.nz

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PRODUCT solo & tandem swings OPERATING HOURS

Summer 9am – 7pm (with bookings), Winter 9am – 5pm

SEASON 364 days TRANSPORT Free shuttle from

Taupö accommodation RESTRICTIONS Min weight

45kg, Must be 10 years or older.

Come and play! Experience the rush of freefall and the

awesome canopy ride over Lake Taupö and the majestic Mt

Ruapehu from 12,000 or 15,000ft. Create your own soundtrack

for the unique One on One DVD. Free limo transfers from

accommodation. We guarantee you the experience of a lifetime!

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TOPGUN PAINTBALL

IZARDAIR

A 1475 SH1, Taupö

P +64 7 377 6404

E info@topgunpaintball.co.nz

W www.topgunpaintball.co.nz

Take the Challenge! The most fun you can have with your friends

and family. All fields are in native bush. Games suitable for all

group sizes, and abilities. Packages include - Paintball marker,

mask, overalls and paintballs. Various package options available.

A Taupo Airport P +64 7 378 7835

E info@izard.com W www.izardair.com

Take to the sky and witness the Central Plateau’s breath-taking

scenery by air with the luxurious choice, Izardair.

From the majestic volcanic peaks of the Tongariro National

Park, across the crystal clear shores of Lake Taupö, Izardair

offers the best in Central Plateau air experiences.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 LEISURE/ADVENTURE

WILDERNESS ESCAPES

A Meet at I-SITE, Taupö

P +64 7 376 8981

E info@wildernessescapes.co.nz

W www.wildernessescapes.co.nz

Join us for an unforgettable kayaking experience, paddle across

the crystal clear waters of our Great Lake Taupö. Enjoy spectacular

mountain views while floating beneath the towering Maori rock

carvings. Complimentary refreshments and transport provided.

HELIPRO

A 33 Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport P: +64 7 377 8805

FF: 0800 HELiPRO E taupo@helipro.co.nz W www.helipro.co.nz

Enjoy stunning aerial views of renowned Huka Falls, Maori Rock

Carvings and majestic volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.

Further afield, fly to and land on Mt Tarawera, site of the largest

eruption in our living memory - Exclusive to HELiPRO. Try your

hand at flying with our U-Fly option!

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CAPACITY Min. 2 passengers (unless otherwise

stated) OPERATING HOURS daylight on demand

PRICES from $99 per person DURATION Flights

from 8 minutes

OPERATING HOURS Open every day from 7am – 8pm

excluding Christmas Day TRANSPORT Complimentary

transfers from Taupö

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HUKA HONEY HIVE

TAUPO’S FLOATPLANE

A Karetoto Road (off Huka Falls Rd), Wairakei P +64 7 374 8553

E info@hukahoneyhive.com W www.hukahoneyhive.com

A Ferry Road, Taupö Boat Harbour, Taupö P +64 7 378 7500

E info@tauposfloatplane.co.nz W www.tauposfloatplane.co.nz

FREE ENTRY into New Zealand’s largest showcase of honey

products. Enjoy free tastings of honey, mead, liqueurs and fruit

wine while you explore. Immerse yourself in all things honey with

live beehive viewing, interactive displays, wellness products,

divine honey based skincare and gourmet honey ice cream.

Enjoy spectacular scenic flights in a high wing Cessna 206

Floatplane and enjoy unrestricted views looking down on beautiful

Lake Taupö and the snow-capped mountains (volcanoes!) of

Tongariro National Park. The sensation of taking off from and

landing on the water is a memory you will never forget.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 LEISURE

OPERATING HOURS Open 7 days

PRICES Free entry and tastings

PRODUCT A complete honey experience

HUKA PRAWN PARK

A Karetoto Road, Wairakei Park, Taupö P +64 7 374 8474

E info@hukaprawnpark.co.nz W www.hukaprawnpark.co.nz

Enjoy a day of fun and adventure at New Zealand’s only Prawn

Fishing Park. Over 6 hectares of entertainment; and over

200,000 prawns to be caught! Fun and excitement for the

whole family, and a fantastic Riverside Restaurant and Bar.

OPERATING HOURS 8.30am until sunset, weather permitting

PRICES From $85 per adult DURATION from 10mins

SEASON All year round DEPARTURES on demand

CAPACITY 5 pax per plane x 2 planes WHAT TO BRING Camera

WHAT WE PROVIDE Enthusiastic Pilots

TAUPÖ MUSEUM

A Story Place, Taupö P +64 7 376 0414

E info@taupomuseum.co.nz W www.taupomuseum.co.nz

Taupö Museum is the permanent home to the Ora Garden of

Wellbeing (gold medal winner Chelsea Flower Show). Enjoy a

taste of nostalgia and culture with our quirky caravan, sawmill

diorama, diverse exhibitions and carved Meeting House.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ LEISURE

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OPERATING HOURS From 9.30am daily WHAT WE PROVIDE

All equipment provided DURATION All day if you like!

PRICES Family passes from just $60 for 2 adults and up to 5

children! SEASON All year

OPERATING HOURS Open 7 days – 10am to 4.30pm

PRICES Adults $5, Senior Citizens and Students $3, Taupö

residents free with ID, Children (school age and under) free

CLOSED Good Friday and Christmas Day

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WAIRAKEI RESORT 9 HOLE GOLF COURSE

HELISTAR

A SH1, Wairakei, Taupö P +64 7 374 8021

FF 0800 RESORT (737 678) E stay@wairakei.co.nz

W www.wairakei.co.nz

Wairakei Resort Taupo 9 Hole Golf Course is open to the public

and is suited to all ages and abilities. Enjoy a round of golf for

fun or be competitive. Club hire is available. Afterwards, enjoy

the 19th Hole Café and Bar.

A 415 Huka Falls Road,

Taupö

P +64 7 374 8405

E fly@helistar.co.nz

W www.helistar.co.nz

Helistar Helicopters is Lake Taupö’s leading tour flight

helicopter company operating from our flight centre on

Huka Falls Road, 5 minutes north of Taupö. We offer a

wide range of scenic flights. Visit www.helistar.co.nz for

further info.

LAKE TAUPO HOLE IN ONE CHALLENGE

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 LEISURE

PRICES $15 per round OPERATING HOURS From 8am in summer

WHAT TO BRING Comfortable shoes DURATION Allow 2 hours

TRANSPORT 10 minute drive from Taupo RESTRICTIONS No

sharing of clubs

AC BATHS

A Cnr Spa Road & AC Baths

Avenue, Taupö

P +64 7 376 0350

E info@taupovenues.co.nz

W www.taupovenues.co.nz

Nestled in its own thermal valley, AC Baths is an

aquatic and fitness facility for the whole family.

Fitness centre, hot and warm pools, hydro slides,

sauna, training and leisure pools - open all year

round, only 4 minutes from town.

RIVERSIDE MARKET

A 61 Lake Terrace, Taupö

P +64 7 378 8117

E info@holein1.co.nz

W www.holein1.co.nz

The Hole in One located in the first carpark on the lakefront.

Operating for 15 years the excitement is huge as we average a Hole

in One every 2 weeks. Crowds gather every day as golfers and nongolfers

try their luck. At 102 metres we are a true challenge.

A Riverside Park Reserve,

Redoubt Street, Taupö

E info@riversidemarket.co.nz

W www.riversidemarket.co.nz

DAY Saturday

TIME 10am-1pm

A produce and general merchandise market specialising in

variety and quality with an emphasis on local products. Located

within walking distance of the CBD with a car boot sale held in

conjunction with the market on the first Saturday of every month.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ LEISURE

EDGE INDOOR ROCKWALL

TAUPO GOLF CLUB

A Cnr Spa Road & AC Baths

Avenue, Taupö

P +64 7 376 0350

E info@taupovenues.co.nz

W www.taupovenues.co.nz

A 32 Centennial Drive, Taupö

P +64 7 378 6933

E play@taupogolf.co.nz

W www.taupogolf.co.nz

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The Edge Indoor Rockwall is an all weather adventure climbing

wall suitable for beginners to advanced climbers. With climbs

graded from 12 – 29, there’s something for every experience

level! Gear hire available, qualified instructors on site.

Unique in NZ, we offer the choice of TWO 18 hole golf courses

providing a golfing challenge to suit. Hire equipment and offpeak

discounts available with visitors always welcome.

Cafe open 7 days.

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ORAKEI KORAKO

A 494 Orakei Korako Road, RD2, Reporoa P +64 7 378 3131

E ok@reap.org.nz W www.orakeikorako.co.nz

Situated just 25 minutes north of Taupö and 45 minutes south of

Rotorua lies “The Hidden Valley” of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal

Park. Wander through a valley of unbelievable colour, of bubbling

hot springs, gushing geysers and unimaginable natural beauty. Lonely

Planet Travellers Guide writes… “Orakei Korako is possibly the best

thermal area left in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world.”

WAIMANGU VOLCANIC VALLEY

A 587 Waimangu Road, Rotorua P +64 7 366 6137

E nature@waimangu.co.nz W www.waimangu.co.nz

The world’s newest geothermal system offering walking tours and

boat cruises. Awesome geothermal experiences including ‘Frying Pan

Lake’, the worlds largest hot spring; huge ‘Inferno Crater’ following

a mysterious rhythmic cycle of filling, overflowing and emptying;

fractured ‘Cathedral Rocks’ vent beautiful billows of steam; unique

thermal plants. The winner of many ecotourism awards.

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OPERATING HOURS Summer 8:00am

– 4:30pm; Winter 8:00am – 4:00pm

DEPARTURES Ferry runs on demand every

day TRANSPORT Shuttle 2U ph +64 7 376

7638 DURATION 1 – 1.5hrs

PRODUCT Walking tours, boat cruises, café & shopping

OPERATING HOURS Open daily 8:30am; last admission

3.45pm (4:45pm January) DURATION Valley Walk -

allow 1.5 - 2 hours; Valley Walk with Boat Cruise - allow

2.5 -3 hours

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WAI-O-TAPU THERMAL WONDERLAND

A 53km north of Taupö towards Rotorua on SH5

P +64 7 366 6333 E info@waiotapu.co.nz W www.waiotapu.co.nz

Thousands of years in the making, explore spectacular nature

at New Zealand’s most colourful natural volcanic area. Walk at

your own pace; view the unique Champagne Pool, sinter terrace

formations, steaming ground, bubbling mud, expansive vistas,

huge volcanic craters. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at

10.15am. The first class Visitor Centre incorporates café and retail

facilities.

CRATERS OF THE MOON

A Karapiti Road, Wairakei,

Taupö

P +64 274 965 131

E cratershuka@xtra.co.nz

W www.cratersofthemoon.co.nz

A unique walk through an ever changing geothermal landscape

featuring craters of boiling mud and steam vents. Open every

day except Christmas, the walk is suited to all ages and fitness

levels and is wheelchair accessible.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 THERMAL/VOLCANIC

LIVING WATERS SPA AT TAUPO DEBRETTS

A 76 Napier Taupo Hwy,

Taupö

P +64 7 377 2913

E soothe@taupodebretts.com

W www.taupodebretts.co.nz

A geothermal spa experience. Soak in the warm mineral

waters and then indulge in a hydrotherapy treatment, hot stone

massage, signature body treatment, facial or beauty therapy.

Pools included. Take 10% off with this ad.

TAUPO DEBRETTS HOT SPRINGS

VOLCANIC ACTIVITY CENTRE

A 76 Napier Taupo Hwy,

Taupö

P +64 7 377 6502

E soak@taupodebretts.com

W www.taupodebretts.co.nz

A New Zealand icon with two huge outdoor mineral

pools and 12 private pools set amongst beautiful

landscaping. The perfect spot to relax tired

muscles. Enjoy the fresh water pool, warm water

playground and Dragon hydroslide for family fun.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ THERMAL/VOLCANIC

A Karetoto Road, Wairakei

P +64 7 374 8375

E volcaniccentre@xtra.co.nz

W www.volcanoes.co.nz

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OPERATING HOURS 8:30am - 5:00pm daily; last

admission 3:45pm PRODUCT New Zealand’s most

colourful volcanic area DURATION Walks take from

30mins to 75mins SEASON Open 365 days of the year -

half day Christmas Day

The hottest place in town…Where the mysteries and wonders

of the Taupö Volcanic Zone come to life through interactive

displays and audio visual presentations. See how a live geyser

works, spectacular DVD films, earthquake simulator. Experience

the power of the planet.

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BARBARY CHARTERS

HUKA FALLS RIVER CRUISE

A Taupö Boat Harbour, Taupö P +64 7 378 3444

M +64 27 2310 300 E info@sailbarbary.com

W wwww.sailbarbary.com

We invite you to Sail Barbary and visit the renowned “Maori

Rock Carvings” in a natural and eco-friendly way. Our beautifully

restored 1926 classic yacht, once owned by Errol Flynn, is NZ’s

only commercially operated electric yacht and floating cinema.

A Aratiatia Dam Carpark, Taupö P 0800 278 336

E info@hukafallscruise.co.nz W www.hukafallscruise.co.nz

This is the only way you can stand above the turbulent white

water and experience the awesome power of Huka Falls.

Great photography and video with so much to see and everything

being close. Highlights - Huka Falls, Birdlife, Natural hotsprings,

Native bush, Geothermal Power, Aratiatia Dam, Trout and more...

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 CRUISING & FISHING

PRODUCT Daily Maori Rock Carvings Cruise; Movie Cruise &

Gourmet BBQ; Special Charters DEPARTURES Daily “Carvings

Cruise” 10.30am, 2pm, 5pm; “Movie & BBQ Cruise” and “Special

Charters” on demand WHAT WE PROVIDE Licensed cash bar &

food available ; Free drink with every scheduled cruise

ERNEST KEMP

A Taupö Boat Harbour, Taupö P +64 7 378 3444

P +64 7 378 9222 E adiwalker@reap.org.nz

Step back in time for a voyage of discovery. View the world

famous Maori rock carvings, hot water beach, lakefront and

Acacia Bay. Live informative commentary including lake and

Maori history. Full bar facilities and refreshments on board.

Complimentary tea & coffee.

CENTRAL PLATEAU FISHING

OPERATING HOURS Everyday except

Christmas Day DURATION 1 hour 20

mins PRICES Adult $35, Child $15, Winter

special 12.30pm cruise $30 (May-Aug)

DEPARTURES 10.30, 12.30, 2.30 daily

A 21 Glen Mohr, Acacia Bay,

Taupö

P +64 7 378 8192

M +64 27 285 6593

E lisa@cpf.net.nz

W www.cpf.net.nz

Central Plateau Fishing specialises in professionally guided fly

fishing. Trips range from half to multidays. Wilderness summer

dry fly, quadbike adventure fishing, float plane fishing, helifishing

& boat fishing are only a phone call away. All gear &

refreshments supplied.

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ CRUISING & FISHING

CHRIS JOLLY OUTDOORS

A Taupö Boat Harbour,

Taupö

P +64 7 378 0623

F 0800 252 628 (NZ only)

E enquiries@chrisjolly.co.nz

W www.chrisjolly.co.nz

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OPERATING HOURS 3 cruises daily - 10:30am & 2pm Year round

5pm (summer only) PRICES Adult $40, Seniors $35, Children $10,

Pre-Schoolers Free & Family Pass (2 Adults & up to 4 Children) $90,

Mates Rates 2 adults for $70 PRODUCT 2hr scenic cruise

CAPACITY 48 people

Cruise Lake Taupö in style and comfort. Scenic cruises depart

10.30am and 1.30pm daily and 5pm (summer only).

Sunday brunch cruise departs 10.30am. We also offer private

trout fishing charters, guided walks, fly fishing, hunting, dinner

cruises and more.

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FISH TAUPO

SCENIC CELLARS WINE MERCHANT & VINE EATERY

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A Berth 1, Taupö Boat

Harbour, Taupö

P 0800 FISHTAUPO (347 482)

M +64 27 478 8509

E martystaines@xtra.co.nz

W www.fishtaupo.co.nz

Fish, cruise, sightsee aboard Stratus - A Rayglass Legend

Hardtop 850. Surveyed for 7 passengers. Cruise at 50kph.

All fishing gear supplied & licenses available. Complimentary

light refreshments. BYO wine/beer. Luxury boating – great

price. Freephone Marty now!

GO FISH TAUPO REGIONAL GUIDES

M +64 27 673 6261

P 0800 002 105

E gofishtaupo@xtra.co.nz

W www.gofishtaupo.co.nz

Come wilderness fly fishing Taupö’s best rivers with one of

Taupö’s best independent guides. All levels of experience

welcome. Specialising in dry fly and nymphing techniques.

Full and half day trips available. All equipment and transport

supplied. Special winter rates April-August.

TAUPO TROUT CATCHER

M +64 21 244 9066

E dan-basse@xtra.co.nz

W www.taupotroutcatcher.co.nz

Fishing, sightseeing with Taupo Troutcatcher Dan Basse. 2 fast

luxury launches up to 10 persons. Quality fishing equipment,

tea and coffee, licenses available, toilet, galley. Fully enclosed

for all weather comfort. Competitive rates. For a great time

with experienced and friendly service phone now!

WINDSOR CHARTERS

A 37 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupö P +64 7 378 5704

E info@sceniccellars.co.nz W www.sceniccellars.co.nz

This iconic wine merchant is partnered perfectly with the Vine

Eatery serving a shared plate menu, ideal for diners who are

curious about flavour and adventurous about taste.

Our knowledgeable staff are on hand to provide you with a

superb wine experience.

OPERATING HOURS Mon-Tues 9am - late, Wed-Sun 8am - late

PRODUCT Premium wine store, stocking over 2000 different wine

labels from around the world

LOCATION New location on Tuwharetoa Street

INDIAN DELIGHTS

A 10 Roberts Street, Taupö

P +64 7 378 8802

E info@indiandelight.co.nz

W www.indiandelight.co.nz

Sample the delights of Taupö’s newest Indian restaurant.

Delicious authentic cuisine matched with the best Indian and

local beverages, and stunning views across Lake Taupö.

PLATEAU

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ CUISINE

A 46 Rokino Road, Taupö

P +64 7 378 8738

M 021 840 468

E windsor-charters@xtra.co.nz

W www.troutfishingtaupo.com

A 64 Tuwharetoa Street,

Taupö

P +64 7 377 2425

E info@plateautaupo.co.nz

W plateautaupo.co.nz

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Competitively priced luxury Rayglass charter boat, fish, cruise,

sightsee. All fishing gear supplied and licences available on

board. Toilet, complimentary tea/coffee. Fishing (3 hours

recommended) from $110 per hour; Maori Rock Carvings

(2 hours recommended) $145 per hour.

Discover a taste of real NZ. An award winning meeting place

showcasing the finest NZ craft beers, kiwi inspired food and fine

NZ wine. Combined with outstanding service, Plateau provides

a unique environment for lunch, dinner or drinks. Open daily.

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TURANGI TONGARIRO

nature's ultimate playground

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TURANGI IS LOCATED AT THE SOUTHERN END

OF THE LAKE ON THE BANKS OF THE MIGHTY

TONGARIRO RIVER AND ITS SURROUNDING

COUNTRYSIDE OFFERS FABULOUS OUTDOOR

ACTIVITIES TO SUIT ALL TASTES.

A fishing mecca for over 100 years, however there’s

far more to Turangi than fishing. White water rafting,

kayaking, mountain biking, bushwalking, indoor and

outdoor climbing, culturally guided walks and golf

are all choices you have in this vibrant destination.

When you’re at the Southern End of the lake don’t miss

the historic village of Tokaanu, famous for its mineral

hot pools and geothermal area. You can also kayak the

Tokaanu stream and visit the vineyards and beaches

around Pukawa, Kuratau and Omori.

Forty minutes from Turangi is the Tongariro National

Park, famous for the two ski fields; Whakapapa and Turoa

on Mt Ruapehu, which combined make New Zealand’s

largest ski area. This is also the location of the iconic

one day trek, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Turangi

sits on the edge of wilderness, and is bordered by the

Kaimanawa Forest Park, which is famous for hunting,

fishing and tramping.

TURANGI MUST DO’S

• The Tokaanu Thermal Area offers an easy stroll

around the Tokaanu thermal walk; witness the natural

wonders of a geothermal area for free. Remember

to stick to the track and closely supervise children.

The adjacent thermal hot pools are great for a relaxing

and therapeutic soak after a day exploring the region’s

attractions.

• Scenic short walks are plentiful around the southern

end of the lake. Walks along the Tongariro River,

between Omori and Pukawa, up Maunganamu, at

Whareroa and around Lake Rotopounamu allow you to

enjoy beauty of this unique region without having to

make a day of it.

• The Tongariro Alpine Crossing traverses a spectacular

active volcanic zone, and offers a unique and

challenging opportunity to experience some of the

Tongariro National Park’s special gifts. A cold mountain

spring, lava flows, an active crater, steam vents,

emerald-coloured lakes and magnificent views combine

to make this an enjoyable and memorable trek.

• Check out the cultural sites close to Turangi, including

the redoubt Te Porere, an ancient settlement at

Opataka, and Rotoaira, home of the famous ‘haka’.

• Visit one of the lookouts offering expansive and

magnificent views across Lake Taupö and the central

North Island.

• Fly fish one of Turangi’s famous rivers, which are

world famous for their excellent fishing, or go out onto

the lake and try your luck. Specialised fishing shops and

experienced local guides will also ensure you

experience the best the Taupö fishery has to offer.

• Mountain biking is well catered for in the region, from

easy family trips along the Tongariro River walkway to

the backcountry rides between the Pillars of Hercules

and the Desert Road, there is something for every skill

level.

• Rock climbing opportunities abound in the region,

with some challenging and unique opportunities

handy to Turangi, including those on Ruapehu, in the

Mangatepopo Valley and at Whanganui Bay. Turangi

even has its own world class indoor climbing wall, great

for testing your skills no matter what the weather.

TURANGI NATURE'S ULTIMATE PLAYGROUND

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• Scenic Flights – One of the best ways to see the

stunning Central Plateau is from the air. Take a scenic

flight from Whakapapa, Turangi or Taupö and get

a unique perspective on the mountains of Tongariro

National Park, the Kaimanawa Ranges and beautiful

Lake Taupö.

• Volcanic Touring Loop – For an easy half day activity

take a drive from Turangi around the volanic loop.

This journey takes in the spectacular volcanic

landscapes of the dual World Heritage Tongariro

National Park and stunning views of its mountains-

Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.

• Birdwatching – There is significant birdlife to be found

in the Turangi area. Around the wetlands on the shores

of Lake Taupö you can find Pukeko, Bitterns, Shags,

a variety of Duck species, Pied Stilts and Banded Rail,

to name a few; and around the rivers you will find Whio

(native Blue Duck), Kereru, Tui, Fantail and other forest

birds.

ADVENTURE

If it’s white water action you seek or a selection of

stunning mountain bike tracks or rock faces fit for

climbing, check out what’s on offer within close proximity

to Turangi.

LEISURE

If you prefer the more laid-back approach, Turangi

is a centre for any number of relaxing activities such as

bushwalking, swimming in our pristine lake and rivers or

soaking in thermal hot pools. The Aquatic Centre and

indoor climbing wall provide great fun for the whole

family and more all weather options. For a comprehensive

guide of walks and hikes go to the Turangi i-SITE or visit

www.GreatLakeTaupo.com.

FISHING AND CRUISING

Turangi is world renowned for trout fishing and is located

right on the backs of the famous Tongariro River.

Whether you’re a well seasoned fisherman or just a healthy

enthusiast waiting to give it a go – try your hand at trout

fishing in Turangi. A trout fishing guide is recommended

and the fishing shops or the local i-SITE nearby have all the

information you need. A fishing licence is essential.

Cost: $8 per child, which includes a 24 hour Taupö

Fisheries licence.

Advanced fly casting lessons are available on the day

at 11am and 1pm. Cost $10 per child, $15 per adult,

recommended for children 8 years and over and adults.

Food and refreshments are available on site. A great day

out! Bookings essential.

5 TOP WALKS

1. Lake Rotopounamu (2hrs) – Track begins in the

carpark which is signposted, 11km from Turangi off

SH47.

2. Tongariro River Loop Track (1 hr) – Track begins at

the SH1 bridge or the Major Jones footbridge, Koura

St, Turangi.

3. Tongariro River Walkway (3hrs return) – Begins at

Major Jones footbridge, Koura St, Turangi; or Red Hut

footbridge, 5km south of Turangi off SH1.

4. Tokaanu Thermal Walk (20mins loop) – Begins at the

Tokaanu Thermal Pools Complex (6km from Turangi on

SH41)

5. Tongariro National Trout Centre River Walk

(30mins loop) – 5km south of Turangi off SH1.

For more information on walks and hikes go to the

Turangi and Taupö i-SITE Visitor Centres.

GETTING TO TURANGI

Turangi is located on SH1, approx 50km south of Taupö,

and is the gateway to the Lake Taupö region and

Tongariro National Park if travelling from the south.

BY LAND – The best way to travel to and explore Turangi

is by car. Alternatively, Turangi is easily accessible by bus

and is on the main coach routes.

• FROM TAUPÖ (SH1)

• FROM WELLINGTON (SH1)

• FROM WHAKAPAPA SKIFIELDS

– 45mins

– 3hrs 45mins

– 45mins

BY AIR – The closest domestic airport is in Taupö. Hire a

rental car, or get a shuttle service from Turangi.

TURANGI NATURE'S ULTIMATE PLAYGROUND

CHILDREN’S FISHING DAYS FOR 2012 –

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Held at the Tongariro National Trout Centre Main Road

Turangi. Restricted to children 6 to 14 years of age.

All fishing gear is provided.

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Fishing is from 9.30am to 3pm (Calendar of dates

available). Ph 07 386 8085 or e-mail admin@troutcentre.

com or via www.troutcentre.com.

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TURANGI CBD MAP

TUREITI PLACE

TAUTAHANGA ROAD

PAEKIRI ST

RANGIPOIA PLACE

ASURE PARKLANDS MOTORLODGE

A 25 Arahori St, Turangi

P 0800 456 284

E info@parklandsmotorlodge.co.nz

W www.parklandsmotorlodge.co.nz

Set on an expansive seven acres at the Southern end of Lake

Taupö. Affable hospitality. Restaurant and bar. 31 tasteful

accommodation units. Tongariro Alpine Crossing transport.

Fishing guides, whitewater rafting arranged. SKY TV and Wi-Fi.

TE REWHA

HINGAIA STREET

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NONI ST

TAMAKUI

HINGAIA

TAUTAHANGA ROAD

MITIOTU

HARATA

MIHIPEKA

HURIANA

PIHANGA

OHUANGA ROAD

NGAWAKA

ARAHORI ST

TONGARIRO ROAD

POTO

TAUPAHI ROAD TAUPAHI ROAD

KOURA ST

HINERANGI STREET

KOKOPU ST

KATOPU

STATE HIGHWAY ONE

KAHEKE ST

WAIPAPA ROAD

LINK

TE AHO ROAD

RIVER BIRCHES

TONGARIRO LODGE

A 19 Koura Street, Turangi

P 0800 102 025

E reservations@riverbirches.co.nz

W www.riverbirches.co.nz

Elegant boutique lodge beside the Tongariro

River, offering quiet seclusion and understated

luxury. River Birches is the closest five star

Qualmark lodge to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

Onsite chef, fitness room, wi-fi and cedar hot tub.

A On the banks of the

Tongariro River, Turangi

P +64 7 386 7946

E trout@tongarirolodge.co.nz

W www.tongarirolodge.co.nz

An internationally renowned Trout Fishing Lodge set amidst

22 acres of tranquillity. Private and exclusive chalets capture

breath-taking views, alongside the mighty Tongariro River. The

Lodge offers exquisite cuisine and an award-winning wine-list.

Relax, unwind and enjoy your “Tongariro Lodge” experience.

TROUTBECK LODGE

A 35 HeuHeu Parade, RD2,

Turangi

P +64 7 386 8898

E troutfishing@gmail.com

W www.troutbeckfishinglodge.co.nz

TURANGI ACCOMMODATION

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TAHAWAI

GPS FOR I-SITE

-38° 59’ 21.65”

175° 48’ 38.34”

Need more info? Turangi i-SITE Visitor Centre Ngawaka Place,

Turangi P +64 7 386 8999 FF 0800 @TURANGI (288 726)

Troutbeck Fishing Lodge is situated only 10 metres from the

famous Tauranga-Taupö River and 300 metres from magical

Lake Taupö, where we offer top accommodation and fly fishing

literally from your doorstep. A Fisherman’s Paradise.

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TURANGI HOLIDAY PARK

RAFTING NEW ZEALAND

A 13 Te Reiti Tamara Grove,

Turangi

P +64 7 386 8754

FF 0800 386 875

E turangihp@xtra.co.nz

W www.turangiholidaypark.co.nz

A 41 Ngawaka Place, Turangi

P 0800 VOLCANO (865 226)

E info@raftingnewzealand.com

W www.raftingnewzealand.com

GREAT LAKE TAUPÖ OFFICIAL VISITOR GUIDE 2012 ACCOMMODATION/VISITOR INFORMATION

Turangi Holiday Park is an ideal park for families, groups,

trampers, fishermen, skiers and adventurers or just unwind

here in our beautiful and quiet surroundings, there is plenty of

space and privacy. We have a range of accommodation to suit

everyone’s needs.

TURANGI BACKPACKERS

EXTREME BACKPACKERS

26 Ngawaka Pl, Turangi

P +64 7 386 8949

BACKPACKERS HABITAT

Ohuanga Rd, Turangi

P +64 7 386 7492

TURANGI I-SITE

RIVERSTONE BACKPACKERS

222 Tautahanga Rd, Turangi

P +64 7 386 7004

A PLUS BACKPACKERS

41 Iwiheke Place, Turangi

P +64 7 386 8979

For useful stuff check out www.GreatLakeTaupo.com our

online guide for independent travellers

A Ngawaka Place, Turangi P +64 7 386 8999

FF 0800 2 TURANGI (288 726) E turangivc@greatlaketaupo.com

W www.greatlaketaupo.com

For information and bookings pop in and see the friendly team

at Turangi i-SITE Visitor Centre. Ask about our Mates Rates &

Ultimate Family Deals. The knowledgeable staff are able

to BOOK your Accommodation, Activities and transport

throughout New Zealand.

A family run business, established since 1991, we raft the pristine

Tongariro River daily. We combine REAL ADVENTURE with

Maori/New Zealand Culture to provide you with a premium

and unique journey. Book now to EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF

RAFTING - Aotearoa styles!

TONGARIRO MOUNTAIN BIKING

A The Rafting Centre, Atirau

Road, Turangi

P 0800 10 10 24

E info@trr.co.nz

W www.trr.co.nz

Explore some of New Zealand’s best trails including Fishers

Track, 42nd Traverse and Tongariro River Track. Exclusive access

to 3,800 hectares of back country trails too. Beginner through

to advanced. Shuttle service. Quality bikes and helmets for hire.

Guides available.

TONGARIRO RIVER RAFTING

A The Rafting Centre, Atirau

Road, Turangi

P 0800 10 10 24

E info@trr.co.nz

W www.trr.co.nz

Tongariro River Rafting is the Tongariro River’s most experienced

rafting operator. Owner Garth Oakden has been rafting the

Tongariro since 1988. All our guides are fully trained rafting

professionals. Trips include Whitewater Rafting, Gentle Family

Floats, Raft Fishing and Kayak Adventures.

TOKAANU POOLS

A Mangaroa Street, Tokaanu

P +64 7 386 8575

E tokaanuthermalpools@xtra.co.nz

W www.tokaanuthermalpools.co.nz

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HOURS 8.30am – 5.00pm 7 days, closed Christmas day.

ADDITIONAL INFO Extensive display on Tongariro Alpine

Crossing & Dual World Heritage National Park.

Souvenirs & Turangi’s largest Wi-Fi Internet also available.

Relax in the therapeutic water of Tokaanu’s hot thermal springs,

situated on the southern shores of Lake Taupö. Soak in a

private natural mineral pool which ranges from 39-41°C, and/

or enjoy the large public pool which is heated chlorinated water

to 36-38°C.

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TONGARIRO NATIONAL TROUT CENTRE

A State Highway 1, 4kms south of Turangi P +64 7 386 8085

E admin@troutcentre.com W www.troutcentre.com

Discover NZ’s freshwater world at the Genesis Energy Fresh

Water Aquarium, Visitor Centre, Museum and historic Trout

Hatchery. Enjoy the bird life & native bush walk along the

Tongariro River. Picnic by the children’s fishing pond and feed

the trout or see wild trout in the stream at the underwater

viewing chamber.

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OPERATING HOURS 10am to 3pm: 1 May-30 Nov, 10am to 4pm: 1

Dec- 30 Apr, closed Christmas Day & Good Friday PRICES Free entry

to the site, there is a cost for adults to the Visitor Centre/Museum &

Aquarium (children are free) ADDITIONAL INFO There are regular

opportunities for children to learn how to catch their first trout.

FLY FISHING ADVENTURES

A PO Box 290, Turangi

P +64 7 386 6404

E harwoods@fishingtaupo.co.nz

All types of fishing are catered for including the most successful

method, upstream nymphing. Dry fly fishing during the

summer. Using all the latest techniques, including innovations

from the UK and USA, with highly qualified instructors Carol

and Frank.

Dig it in

Cast away

TURANGI LEISURE/FISHING

TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK IS NEW ZEALAND’S

ONLY DUAL WORLD HERITAGE SITE AND IS ONLY

30MINS DRIVE FROM TURANGI.

MT RUAPEHU IS NEW ZEALAND’S MOST

ACCESSIBLE LIVE VOLCANO, AND IS ALSO THE

HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE NORTH ISLAND.

‘RUA’ MEANS PIT AND ‘PEHU’ TO EXPLODE.

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MANGAKINO WHAKAMARU

where freedom reigns

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HERE YOU ARE WELL OFF THE BEATEN TRACK;

THERE IS A LOT LESS TRAFFIC AND A LOT MORE

WIDE OPEN SPACES.

Around the next bend there could be a mirror perfect

lake, a secret trout stream, vast native forests, rolling

farmland or friendly country villages. Discover the

beauty of this region as the Waikato River flows upstream

from Great Lake Taupö.

MANGAKINO MUST-DO’S

• The Waikato River Trail – suited for both walkers and

mountain bikers, the winding tracks encompass the

beauty of native bush, historic landmarks, rock

formations, farms, wetlands and of course, extensive

lake and river views.

• Watersports – Mangakino has 6 freshwater lakes

in close proximity, making it a great base for

wakeboarding, waterskiing and trout fishing.

Lake Maraetai is used as a venue for rowing training,

powerboat competitions and a wakeboarding

school. The National Wake Skate and North Island

Wakeboarding Championships have also been held

here. Lake Whakamaru is home to the Water Ski Club

which provides a lakefront clubrooms and water ski

access.

• Paddle a kayak across one of the numerous small,

sheltered lakes around Mangakino. Paddling across

a mirror flat lake surrounded by forest and farmland

refreshes both body and mind.

• Trout fishing is in this area is popular with boaties and

fly fishing enthusiasts alike. The local trout so rarely see

anglers they’ll probably wave at you!

• The Pureora Forest Park – pay a visit to “Pouakani”

Totara tree, the largest known Totara in New Zealand,

which is over 1,500 years old and over 40 metres tall,

and the geographical centre of the north Island.

The Park is also popular with mountain bikers. Enjoy a

picnic at Mangakino’s picturesque lakefront followed by

a relaxing walk along the lake edge.

• Play a round of golf - try out the challenging Mangakino

course; enjoy the lake views and meet some of the local

talent.

• Check out the Dams – park the car and walk over

the impressive Whakamaru or Waipapa Dams.

Visit the other historic Dam Villages of Whakamaru

and Atiamuri. Daphne’s Museum showcases historical

memorabilia, photos and newspaper clippings

from the hey day of the dam construction period.

OTUNUI: THE PADDLEBOAT COMPANY

A Lake Maraetai Lakefront

Reserve, Mangakino

P +64 7 882 8826

E info@paddleboat.co.nz

W www.paddleboat.co.nz

Scenic tours on New Zealand’s oldest operating paddleboat.

See hydro dams, native and exotic forests, wildlife, and

historical points of interest. Available for trout fishing charters

and drop off/pick up to the Waikato River Trails.

MANGAKINO WHERE FREEDOM REIGNS

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MANGAKINO BUSINESSES

ADVENTURE EXPERIENCE

A 39 Moana Crescent, Mangakino P +64 7 882 8136

Adventure activities and skills training.

AWHINA WILDERNESS ESCAPES

A Mt Titiraupenga, Whakamaru P +64 7 882 8382

MANGAKINO POUAKANI

W www.awhinatours.co.nz

Guided gift half and of full Great day walks on Lake Mt Titiraupenga, Taupofarmstay

accommodation.

BUS STOP CAFÉ

A Lakeside Reserve, Mangakino P +64 27 203 7110

W www.busstopcafe.co.nz

Coffee and traditional café food, lakeside at Mangakino.

DAPHNE’S HISTORICAL ARCHIVES

A 112 Rangatira Drive, Mangakino P +64 7 372 8227

Featuring photos, newpaper clippings, videos and general

hydrodam memorabilia.

FRED’S PIZZERIA

A 30 Forest View Road, Whakamaru P +64 7 882 8368

Delicious pizzas, café styles.

MANGAKINO GOLF CLUB

A Konini Terrace, Mangakino P +64 7 882 8075

Flat undulating 9 hole course, easy walking.

M-I-A WAKEBOARDING

A 2 Tawa Stret, Mangakino P +64 21 864 254

W www.m-i-a.co.nz

Wakeboard coaching, gear and boat hire, accommodation

available.

PA HARAKEKE

A 138 Maraeroa Road, Pureora P +64 7 929 8708

W www.paharakeke.co.nz

Eco-cultural centre specialising in use of flax and other native

plants.

PUREORA FOREST PARK

A Off SH30 P +64 7 878 1080 (Pureora Field Base, DOC)

W www.doc.govt.nz

Bush walks, mountain bike tracks and hunting.

Accommodation options available.

PUREORA WALKS

A Pureora Forest Park P +64 21 042 2722

W www.pureorawalks.com

Guided eco-cultural walk through Pureora Forest.

THE DAM CAFÉ

A SH32, Whakamaru P +64 7 882 8882

Home cooking, great coffee.

WAIKATO RIVER TRAILS

A SH30, Whakamaru P +64 7 883 3720

W www.waikatorivertrails.com

Walking and mountain biking trails stretching from Lake Karapiro

to the Atiamuri Dam. Sections of track are mobility friendly.

ARATAKI FARM LODGE

A 465 Arataki Road, Whakamaru P +64 7 882 8857

W www.aratakifarm.com

Self contained 3 bedroom country farmhouse.

LAKE MARAETAI LODGE

A 5 Totara Terrace, Mangakino P +64 7 882 8940

W www.lake-maraetai-lodge.co.nz

Ideal lodge accommodation for families and groups.

LAKESIDE VILLAGE INN

A 60 Rangatira Drive, Mangakino P +64 7 882 8321

W www.mangakinolakesidevillageinn.co.nz

7 rooms, shared facilities, BBQ area, swimming pool, suit

small groups.

MANGAKINO HOTEL

A 55 Rangatira Drive, Mangakino P +64 7 882 8800

W www.mangakinohotel.8m.com

Traditional country hotel, 8 rooms, bar and restaurant.

THAT DAM LODGE

A 34 Mountview Close, Whakamaru P +64 7 882 8292

W www.thatdamlodge.co.nz

Accommodates up to 30 guests, self or fully catered options.

LAKE WHAKAMARU CHRISTIAN CAMP

A SH30, Atiamuri P +64 7 343 2352

W www.lwccamp.com

Great camp experience for groups, clubs, schools and

outdoor education.

FISHING LICENCES

You must purchase a national Fish and Game licence before

trout fishing in the Mangakino/Whakamaru sections of the

Waikato River. The Taupö Fishing Licence does not apply

here.

They are available on line from www.fishandgame.org.nz,

call 0800 542 3623, or from Rosie’s Fish and Chip Shop, 498

Rangatira Drive, Mangakino, phone +64 7 882 8498.

GETTING TO MANGAKINO

FROM TAUPÖ Heading north on SH1 from Taupö, turn left

onto Poihipi Rd. Follow the road to the end, then turn right

onto SH32. At the end of the road (Whakamaru shops), turn

left until you reach Mangakino.

FROM TURANGI Take the scenic route along SH41 to

Kuratau and then right on the Western Bays Highway, SH32.

follow this road to the end (Whakamaru shops), turm left until

you reach Mangakino.

FROM TOKOROA (travelling from the north): Just south

of Tokoroa, turn right onto SH32 (Maraetai Road), over the

Whakamaru Dam and follow the signs to Mangakino.

• FROM TAUPÖ

• FROM TURANGI

• FROM TOKOROA

– 45mins

– 1hr 30mins

– 30mins

Go to www.mangakino.net.nz for more information, or pick

up a Mangakino Whakamaru Guide from local businesses or

the regional i-SITEs.

MANGAKINO WHERE FREEDOM REIGNS

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MT RUAPEHU / TONGARIRO

NATIONAL PARK

world heritage area

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HIKING, SKIING OR SCENIC TOURING – ALL CAN

BE ACCESSED AT THE SOUTHERN END OF THE

LAKE, AND JUST A SHORT DISTANCE FROM

TURANGI AND TAUPÖ.

Using Turangi as an accommodation base you can easily

access the Tongariro National Park off SH47.

This part of the region is just spectacular. Because of both

its powerful beauty and enormous cultural significance,

the Tongariro National Park is one of only a handful of

sites in the world to be given dual World Heritage status.

It covers 79,598 awe-inspiring hectares, and comprises the

mighty mountains of Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro.

Ruapheu is the largest and most accessible active volcano

in New Zealand. It forms the southern tip of the Taupö

Volcanic Zone, which stretches from Ruapehu to just past

White Island, off the East Coast of the North Island. ‘Rua’

means ‘pit’ and ‘pehu’ means ‘to explode’.

MT RUAPEHU/TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK MUST DO'S

• Put your hiking boots on and let your feet take you

across the spectacular landscapes of the Tongariro

National Park. With tramps ranging from 2 hours to 6

days, covering desolate fields of volcanic ash

and scoria, scrublands and tussocklands, glacial valleys

and tranquil lakes.

• The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is often described as

New Zealand’s best one day alpine trek, and is an 18km

trek covering some of the most dramatic landscapes

you’ll ever see, passing over varied and spectacular

volcanic terrain.

• Ski or board New Zealand’s largest ski areas,

combining Whakapapa and Turoa. The ski fields of

Mt Ruapehu cover over 1,800 hectares of lift accessed

terrain. The best snow months are July to October.

• In summer you can take a chairlift ride up Mt Ruapehu

and enjoy lunch at the highest café in New Zealand.

• Mountain bike the 42nd Traverse, considered by

many to be the best one day mountain bike ride in

New Zealand. Not for the faint-hearted, bone

shattering downhills and lung busting uphills combine

to make this an experience not to be forgotten!

For map information and track grading go to

biketaupo.org.nz

• Cycle or walk the Old Coach Road, part of the

“Mountain to Sea” national cycleway. It’s a cobblestone

road built over 100 years ago to provide coach

transport for rail passengers travelling form Ohakune

to Raurimu. It can be started in Horopito and finished

in Ohakune.

• The Department of Conservation’s Summer

Programme is an excellent way to discover the Central

North Island's landscape and natural features. Whether

you’re into exploring caves, flying kites, tramping or

viewing the wild Kaimanawa horses, there’s something

for everyone. But hurry, as these activities book out

quickly. Check out www.doc.govt.nz for more information.

GETTING TO THE TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

BY LAND – The best way to travel to the Tongariro

National Park is by car, and Tongariro Expeditions pick up

from Taupö and Turangi for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

(See p. 66).

• FROM TAUPÖ

• FROM TURANGI

(SH1 onto SH47) – 1hr 15mins

(to Whakapapa ski area)

(SH1 onto SH47) – 45mins

(to Whakapapa ski area)

RUAPEHU WORLD HERITAGE AREA

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MT RUAPEHU/TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

MT. TITIRUAPENGA 1042m

Whangamata Rd

Whangamata Rd

BAYVIEW CHATEAU TONGARIRO

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ARUNUI

H A U H U N G A R O A R A N G E

Omori

Pukawa

Te Rangiita

Taringamotu Valley

Oruatua

Meringa

Kuratau Waihi

Junction

Motuoapa

Moerangi

Ngapuke

Pungapunga

Tokaanu

Hautu Village

NATIONAL PARK

Waihaha

Kuratau

LAKE TAUPO

Kinloch

TURANGI

Kakahi

Lake Otamangakau

Lake

Rotopounamu

MT PIHANGA 1325m

Tongariro

Owhango

Lake Rotoaira

Papakai Pa

Rangipo

Oio

Taurewa

Hukapapa

Masons Siding

MT TONGARIRO 1968m

Raurimu

Tongariro National Park

MT NGAURUHOE 2291m

Whakapapa Village

Motutaiko I

Waikune

Iwikau Village

Erua

Whakapapa

MT RUAPEHU 2797m

Turoa

Horopito

Lake Moawhango

Tohunga Junction

Tongariro River

POWDERHORN

SKOTEL ALPINE RESORT

A State Highway 48,

Mt Ruapehu

P +64 7 892 3809

FF 0800 242 832

E stay@chateau.co.nz

W www.chateau.co.nz

T Seasonal

Located within the Tongariro National Park.

Only one hour’s drive south of Taupö. Stunning

landscapes and photo opportunities await. Enjoy

old world style yet modern service & facilities.

A Bottom of Mountain Road,

Ohakune

P +64 6 385 8888

E info@powderhorn.co.nz

W www.powderhorn.co.nz

Situated in Ohakune, the Powderhorn combines all the facilities

of a hotel with the ambience of an alpine lodge. The hotel

provides a base for walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing,

accessing the nearby Whanganui River, or discovering the Old

Coach Road walkway/cycleway.

A Whakapapa Village Mt Ruapehu P +64 7 892 3719

FF 0800 756 835 E info@skotel.co.nz W www.skotel.co.nz

Situated on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, the Skotel is your

friendly base for all of the activities in the Park – snow, walking,

sightseeing and the Tongariro Crossing (transport from door).

Gear hire available on site.

RUAPEHU ACCOMMODATION

Makaranui

OHAKUNE

Tangiwai

WAIOURU

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RAETIHI

GPS FOR I-SITE

-39° 25’ 5.6202”

175° 23’ 54.6036”

PRODUCT Hotel, Backpackers and Cabins.

Licenced restaurant and house bar

ROOM RATES $45 to $225

SPECIALS See website for “Hot Deals”

and current menus

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MT RUAPEHU – WHAKAPAPA AND TUROA

MOUNTAIN AIR

A Mt Ruapehu

P Whakapapa +64 7 892 4000 Turoa +64 7 385 8465

E info@mtruapehu.com W www.mtruaphehu.com

Come visit New Zealand’s largest volcano, Mt Ruapehu! In

summer take a scenic chairlift ride to NZ’s highest café or a

guided walk to the world famous Crater Lake. In winter ski,

snowboard or sled at NZ’s two largest ski areas, Whakapapa

and Turoa.

A Cnr SH47 and SH48, Mt Ruapehu P +64 7 892 2812

E mountain.air@xtra.co.nz W www.mountainair.co.nz

Take a scenic flight adventure over the spectacular volcanoes

and lakes of the Tongariro National Park and Lake Taupö.

Be inspired by these majestic volcanoes and sacred peaks and

be impressed with the beauty of New Zealand from the air.

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SUMMER CRATER WALK PHOTO: MICHAEL HARRALAMBI

PHOTO: ALEX GUZMAN. RIDER: TESSA FOSTER

PRODUCT Volcanic scenic flights SEASON All year

OPERATING HOURS 8am – 5pm winter, 8am – dark

summer DEPARTURES On demand hourly PRICES

$115 - $299 per person CAPACITY 2 – 8 passengers

per flight

NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM

A SH1, Waiouru P +64 6 387 6911

E info@armymuseum.co.nz W www.armymuseum.co.nz

Discover NZ’s military history. Remember the legends, pay

tribute to the sacrifices. Stories of honour, comradeship and

courage. Interactive Kids Headquarters, Café, Gift Shop,

Research Centre and Greenstone Memorial.

RUAPEHU LEISURE

WHAKAPAPA SLIDING PARK. PHOTO: MARCEL TROMP

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PRODUCT Winter Skiing/boarding/sliding. Summer: Guided Crater

Lake walks, sightseeing chairlift rides & lunch at NZ’s highest café

SEASON Winter June - October; Summer: December - April

WHAT TO BRING Warm clothing

OPERATING HOURS Open daily

9am – 4.30pm (except Christmas Day)

DURATION Allow 1 – 2 hours PRICES

Adults $15, Child $5, under 5 free,

Student/Senior $10, Family $30

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TONGARIRO EXPEDITIONS

A Taupö, Turangi,

Whakapapa Village

P 0800 828 763

E info@tongariroexpeditions.com

W www.tongariroexpeditions.com

Locally owned, setup by hikers. Get to the mountain up to

1.5hrs before the main crowds. Extra time to ascend the

summits of Tongariro or Ngauruhoe. Do the difficult climbs

before the heat of the day. Early or late bus home. Hire

equipment available. Express service.

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TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING BASE CAMP

A Cnr SH 46 & 47 at the

Tongariro Holiday Park

P +64 7 377 0435

The closest transport base to and from each end of the track,

offering secure car parking. Licensed Cafe, for breakfasts &

lunch packs. Transport to the track with multiple pick up times

& information available. Hire equipment on hand.

TONGARIRO QUADS

A SH47, Tongariro National

Park

P +64 7 378 2662

E info@tongariroquads.com

W www.tongariroquads.com

Tongariro Quads offers unique quad biking rides through the Tongariro

National Park. Half, full and multi-day tours are available. Riding is through

scenic native bush in one of the most spectacular areas in NZ. Many clients

have rated the Tongariro Quads experience as the best quad biking ride in NZ.

There are numerous photo opportunities along the way with spectacular views

of the mountains.

RELAX AND ENJOY SOME OF NEW

ZEALAND’S BEST COFFEE CULTURE,

LOUNGE BARS, PUBS AND OTHER GREAT

RESTAURANTS.

TAUPÖ RESTAURANTS

Beach Brasserie (Millennium Hotel)

243 Lake Terrace .................................... P +64 7 378 5110

Bistro Lago (Hilton Hotel)

80-100 Napier Taupö Road .................... P +64 7 377 1400

Breakers Taupo

29 Tongariro Street ................................. P +64 7 378 3390

Burger Fuel

2 Roberts Street ...................................... P +64 7 378 0002

Burger King Restaurant

60 Roberts Street .................................... P +64 7 377 1000

Café Pinot (Huka Falls Resort)

56 Huka Falls Road ................................. P +64 7 376 0260

The Mousetrap (Suncourt Hotel)

14 Northcroft Street ............................... P +64 7 378 8265

Crooked Door Inn Seafood Restaurant & Bar

Cnr Roberts & Titiraupenga Streets ....... P +64 7 376 8030

Dixie Browns

38 Roberts Street .................................... P +64 7 378 8444

Edgwater Restaurant (Millennium Hotel)

243 Lake Terrace .................................... P +64 7 378 5110

Fairways Bar & Café (Bayview Wairakei Resort)

SH1, Wairakei .......................................... P +64 7 377 8649

Grasshopper Too Asian Restaurant

Hilltop Shopping Centre, Taharepa Road P +64 7 378 7533

Heritage of India

19 Tongariro Street ................................. P +64 7 377 4458

Huka Prawn Park Riverside Restaurant

Karetoto Road, Wairakei Park ................ P +64 7 374 8474

Indian Affair

34 Tuwharetoa Street ........................... P +64 7 378 2295

WHETHER YOU ARE INTO EXPLORING CAVES,

HIKING OVER VOLCANOES, FLYING A KITE,

SOAKING UP THE SPLENDOUR OF OUR FORESTS,

WADING DOWN A RIVER OR MOUNTAIN BIKING

THROUGH FOREST TRAILS THERE’S AN ACTIVITY

WAITING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, WITH THE

DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION’S SUMMER

PROGRAMME (DECEMBER & JANUARY). DON’T

DELAY – THE MOST POPULAR TRIPS BOOK OUT

VERY QUICKLY. CHECK OUT WWW.DOC.GOVT.NZ

FOR MORE DETAILS.

Jolly Good Fellows

66 76-80 Lake Terrace ................................. P +64 7 378 0457

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Joshua’s Bistro (Spa Hotel)

281 Spa Road .......................................... P +64 7 378 4120

KFC

Roberts Street ......................................... P +64 7 378 9995

Kinloch Golf Club Restaurant

261 Kinloch Road, Kinloch ...................... P +64 7 377 8484

The Lakeland Bar & Brasserie (Lakeland Resort)

282 Lake Terrace .................................... P +64 7 378 3893

Lotus Thai Restaurant

137 Tongariro Street ............................... P +64 7 376 9497

Master of India Tandoori Restaurant

47 Ruapheu Street .................................. P +64 7 377 0041

McDonalds Family Restaurant

Cnr Ruapehu & Roberts Streets .............. P +64 7 378 8679

Milano Italian Restaurant

34 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 378 3344

Mole & Chicken Restaurant, Café & Bar

40 Taharepa Road ................................... P +64 7 378 7843

Mr India Tandoori Restaurant

30 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 377 1969

On Tap Restaurant & Bar

42 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 378 0830

Pavilion Restaurant (Bayview Wairakei Resort)

SH1, Wairakei .......................................... P +64 7 377 8647

Piccolo

43 Ruapheu Street .................................. P +64 7 376 5759

Pimentos Restaurant & Bar

17 Tamamutu Street ............................... P +64 7 377 4549

Plateau

64 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 377 2425

Ploughmans Restaurant & Bar

43-45 Charles Crescent, Two Mile Bay ... P +64 7 377 3422

Portofino Italian Restaurant

28 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 377 6293

Rendezvous Restaurant at Taupo RSA.

67 Horomatangi Street ........................... P +64 7 378 7476

Stag Park Diner

SH5 Napier Taupö Highway ................... P +64 7 378 6403

Taupo Steak & Ale Bar

17-19 Tongariro Street ........................... P +64 7 378 6788

Taupo Thai

100 Roberts Street .................................. P +64 7 377 3344

TC’s at Taupo Cosmopolitan Club

5 Taniwha Street ..................................... P +64 7 378 0381

Thai Delight Restaurant

19 Tamamutu Street ............................... P +64 7 378 9554

The Bay Bar & Brasserie

703 Acacia Bay Road, Acacia Bay ........... P +64 7 378 8886

The Brantry

45 Rifle Range Road ............................... P +64 7 378 0484

The BBQ Master

8 Northcroft Street ................................. P +64 7 377 8351

The Trophy Room (Caboose Hotel Taupo)

100-102 Lake Terrace ............................. P +64 7 376 0116

Tipsy Trout

8 Mata Place, Kinloch ............................. P +64 7 378 8220

Waterside Restaurant & Bar

Cnr Tongariro Street & Lake Terrace ..... P +64 7 378 6894

Vine Eatery

37 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 378 0540

TAUPÖ CAFÉS

Banyan Tree Café (Palmers Gardenworld)

26 Totara Street ...................................... P +64 7 378 5775

Best Kebabs

75 Tongariro Street ................................. P +64 7 378 9058

Body Fuel Café

67 Tongariro Street ................................. P +64 7 378 9555

Café Anatolia

29 Tongariro Street.................................. P +64 7 377 1108

Ol’ Mates Espresso Bar

4 Marama Arcade ................................... P +64 7 377 4820

Classic Bakery & Expresso Bar

15 Tamamutu Street ............................... P +64 7 378 8757

Coffee Plus

11 Horomatangi Street ........................... P +64 7 378 7244

Eruption Café

Suncourt Shopping Centre, Tamamutu Street.P +64 27 31 00 421

Fast & Fresh Bakery Café

8 Horomatangi Street ............................. P +64 7 378 6311

Fine Fettle Café

39 Paora Hapi Street................................ P +64 7 378 7674

Friends Café

42 Roberts Street .................................... P +64 7 378 7798

Full of Beans Coffee House

Suncourt Shopping Centre, Tamamutu St.P +64 7 378 3803

Fusion Café

62 Ruapehu Street .................................. P +64 7 378 6715

Huka Honey Hive Café

Karetoto Road, Wairakei ......................... P +64 7 374 8553

Hub Café (Helistar Helicopters)

415 Huka Falls Road ............................... P +64 7 374 8409

Indulgence

47 Horomatangi Street ........................... P +64 7 378 9118

Kaffee Eis

13 Tongariro Street ................................. P +64 7 378 8535

Kissa Kai Licensed Café & Restaurant

26 Horomatangi Street ........................... P +64 7 377 2930

L’Arte Mosaic Café & Sculpture Garden

255 Marapara Road, Acacia Bay ............. P +64 7 378 2962

Lava Glass Café (Lava Glass)

165 SH5 Wairakei .................................... P +64 7 374 8400

Lava Rock Café

10 Roberts Street .................................... P +64 7 377 1545

McCafe

Cnr Roberts & Ruapehu Streets .............. P +64 7 378 8679

Mihi Café & Food Store

4089 SH5, Reporoa ................................. P +64 7 333 8909

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Piccolo Café

43 Ruapehu Street .................................. P +64 7 376 5759

Prime Roast

5 Gascoigne Street ................................. P +64 7 377 6329

Puzzle World Café (Puzzle World)

Cnr SH5 & Palmer Mill Road ................... P +64 7 377 6555

Replete Food Company

45 Heuheu Street .................................... P +64 7 378 0606

Robert Harris Café

11 Heuheu Street .................................... P +64 7 378 2025

Sakura Sushi Bar

99 Tongariro Street ................................. P +64 7 378 3393

Sailing Centre at Two Mile Bay

SH1, Two Mile Bay .................................. P +64 274 967 350

Salute Taupo

47 Horomatangi Street ........................... P +64 7 377 4478

Sierra Café

127 Tongariro Street ............................... P +64 7 376 7310

Splashes at AC Baths

Cnr AC Baths Ave & Spa Road ......P +64 7 376 0350 ext 7807

Stir Café

59 Redoubt Street .................................. P +64 7 376 9411

Streetwise Coffee

30 Heuheu Street .................................... P +64 7 377 0624

Tank Juice Bar

3 Horomatangi Street ............................. P +64 7 378 1064

Tarmac Café

ANZAC Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport . P +64 7 378 2967

Taste Café

10 Roberts Street .................................... P +64 7 377 0086

Taupo Bungy Café

202 Spa Road .......................................... P +64 7 377 1135

Top Gear Equestrian & Café

1647 SH1, Taupö .................................... P +64 7 377 8150

Wabi Sabi Sushi

5 Horomatangi Street ............................. P +64 7 378 9558

Wairakei Themal Valley Café

SH1, Wairakei .......................................... P +64 7 374 8004

Vine Eatery

37 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 378 0540

Zest Café

65 Rifle Range Road ............................... P +64 7 378 5397

TAUPÖ NIGHTLIFE

Bond Lounge Bar

40 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 377 2434

Element Bar

7 Tuwharetoa Street................................ P +64 7 377 4464

Finn MacCuhal’s Irish Bar

Cnr Tongariro & Tuwharetoa Streets ..... P +64 7 378 6165

Kazbar

22-26 Tuwharetoa Street ........................ P +64 7 378 8542

Lucky Lizard Bar & Grill

32 Richmond Avenue .............................. P +64 7 377 1977

Mulligan’s Public House

17 Tongariro Street ................................. P +64 7 376 9100

Pitch Sports Bar

38-40 Tuwharetoa Street ........................ P +64 7 378 3552

Plateau

64 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 377 2425

Pub n’ Grub

4 Roberts Street ...................................... P +64 7 378 0555

Spa Hotel

281 Spa Road .......................................... P +64 7 378 4120

The Bay Bar & Brasserie

703 Acacia Bay Road, Acacia Bay ........... P +64 7 378 8886

The Shed Bar

18 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 376 5393

Vertigo Nightclub

11 Tuwharetoa Street ............................. P +64 7 378 3900

TURANGI RESTAURANTS

Burger King

SH1 Turangi............................................. P +64 7 386 0400

Lakeland House

Waihi Road, Waihi.................................... P +64 7 386 6442

Hong Kong Restaurant

Town Centre Turangi............................... P +64 7 386 7526

Oreti Resort Restaurant

Mission House Drive, Pukawa.................. P +64 7 386 7070

Parklands Restaurant & Bar

Arahori Street.......................................... P +64 7 386 7515

Bridge Fishing Lodge

SH1 Turangi............................................. P +64 7 386 8804

River Wines Vineyard & Restaurant

Mill Lane, Grace Road.............................. P +64 7 386 6704

Tongariro Chartered Club

Katopu Place............................................ P +64 7 386 7600

Turangi RSA

Katopu Place............................................ P +64 7 386 8717

Tongariro Lodge Restaurant

83 Grace Road......................................... P +64 7 386 7946

Turangi Truck Stop

Atirau Road.............................................. P +64 7 386 8760

Valentino’s Italian Restaurant

Town Centre............................................ P +64 7 386 8821

TURANGI CAFÉS

Floating Rock Café

Riverpark Drive, Kuratau.......................... P +64 7 386 0806

Licorice Café

SH1, Motuoapa........................................ P +64 7 386 5551

Mustard Seed Café

91 Ohuanga Road.................................... P +64 7 386 7377

Red Crater Café

22 Ngawaka Place................................... P +64 7 386 6553

The Hungry Trout

SH1, Te Rangiita...................................... P +64 7 386 8953

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Turangi Bakehouse Cafe

Town Centre............................................ P +64 7 386 8758

Thyme for Food

35 Town Centre....................................... P +64 7 386 0552

VINEYARD EXPERIENCES

Omori Estate (summer hours only)

148 Omori Road, RD1, Turangi............... P +64 7 386 0251

Kuratau River Wines

Riverpark Drive, Kuratau.......................... P +64 7 386 0406

River Wines Vineyard & Restaurant

Mill Lane, Grace Road.............................. P +64 7 386 6704

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TAKEAWAYS

Four Fish (Pizza only)

Cnr Pihanga & Ohuanga Rd.................... P +64 7 386 6340

Grand Central Fry

Ohuanga Rd............................................. P +64 7 386 5344

Hong Kong Takeaways

Town Centre............................................ P +64 7 386 7526

Turangi Bakery

Town Centre............................................ P +64 7 386 7597

MANGAKINO CAFÉS

Fred’s Pizza

Whakamaru Road, Whakamaru............... P +64 7 882 8368

The Bus Stop Café

Maraetai Lakeside Reserve ..................... P +64 27 203 7110

The Dam Café

Cnr Tihoi & Whakamaru Roads, Whakamaru P +64 7 882 8882

BANKS & ATMS

Banking hours in the Great Lake Taupö region are

generally Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm. foreign exchange bureaux

are found in most banks, and 24 hour ATMs are located in

various locations around town.

BIKE FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION

TAUPÖ

Accent on Taupoō

310 Lake Terrace..................................... P +64 7 378 9919

Alpine Lake Motor Lodge

141 Heuheu Street................................... P +64 7 378 0899

Anchorage Resort

346 Lake Terrace..................................... P +64 7 378 5542

Ascot Motor Inn

70 Rifle Range Road................................ P +64 7 377 2474

Ashbrook Motel

9 Scannel Street....................................... P +64 7 378 5836

Bayview Wairakei Resort

SH1, Wairakei........................................... P +64 7 374 8021

Beech Tree Motel

56 Rifle Range Road................................ P +64 7 377 0181

Boulevard Waters

215 Lake Terrace..................................... P +64 7 377 3395

Camellia Court

50 Tonga Street....................................... P +64 7 378 4346

Catelli’s of Taupo

23 Rifle Range Road................................ P +64 7 378 4477

Chantilly's Motor Lodge

112 Tamamutu Street.............................. P +64 7 376 5720

Chelmswood Motel

250 Lake Terrace..................................... P +64 7 378 2715

Clearwater Motor Lodge

229 Lake Terrace..................................... P +64 7 377 2071

Courtney Motel

15 Tui Street............................................ P +64 7 378 8398

Gables Motor Lodge

130 Lake Terrace..................................... P +64 7 378 8030

Hilton Lake Taupo

80 Napier Taupö Highway....................... P +64 7 378 7080

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Le Chalet Suisse Motel

Corner Titiraupenga & Northcroft StreetsP +64 7 3781556

Lynwood Lodge Motel

52 Rifle Range Road................................ P +64 7 378 4967

Mountain View Motel

12 Fletcher St........................................... P +64 7 378 9366

Quest Taupo

9 Tui Street.............................................. P +64 7 378 7487

Silver Fern Lodge

Cnr Tamamutu & Kaimanawa Streets...... P +64 7 377 4929

The Cove

213 Lake Terrace..................................... P +64 7 378 7599

Tui Oaks

84 Lake Terrace....................................... P +4 7 378 8305

TURANGI

Parklands Motor Lodge

Arahori Street.......................................... P +64 7 386 7515

Riverstone Backpackers

222 Tautahanga Road.............................. P +64 7 386 7004

Settlers Motel

24 Arahori St............................................ P +64 7 386 7745

Tongariro Riverside B& B

72 Herekiekie Street................................ P +64 7 386 7447

Tongariro Lodge

83 Grace Road......................................... P +64 7 386 7946

MANGAKINO

That Dam Lodge

34 Mountview Close, Whakamaru........... P +64 7 882 8292

All of these properties offer bike washing and secure lock

up facilities. They also have mountain biking and road

cycling maps available.

BOAT RAMPS ARE LOCATED AT

• Taupö Boat Harbour

• 2 Mile Bay

• 3 Mile Bay

• Kinloch (private)

• Acacia Bay

• Te Moenga Bay

• Motutere

• Oruatua

• Motuoapa

• Tokaanu

• Braxmere

• Omori

• Pukawa

• Kuratau

• Whareroa

• Nukuhau

• Mission Point

A permit is required to use public boat ramps for boat

launching. These are available from most local dairies,

service stations and sports shops.

CHURCHES & RELIGIOUS ORGANISATIONS

Advanced Christian Outreach Centre

247 Tauhara Rd, Taupö............................ P +64 7 377 8448

Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints

51-55 Henry Hill Rd,Taupö...................... P +64 7 378 3217

12 Puataata Rd, Turangi.......................... P +64 7 386 0399

Church @ 109

109 Heu Heu St, Taupö........................... P +64 7 378 6310

Community Bible Church (Open Brethren)

Taupo Women’s Club, Story Place, Taupö..P +64 7 3787333

Elim Christian Centre Taupo Events Centre

AC Baths Avenue, Taupö......................... P +64 7 376 8100

Inspire Church Taupo

168 Acacia Bay Rd, Taupö....................... P +64 7 378 5055

Jehovah’s Witness

Kiddle Drive, Taupö................................. P +64 7 378 3251

King’s Lake of Living Water (AOG) Taupo Senior Citizen’s

Hall, Story Place, Taupö................................P +64 7 376 5932

Lake Harvest Community Church

REAP Centre, Titiraupenga St, Taupö..... P +64 7 376 5544

Open Christian Fellowship Lake Taupo Christian School,

42 Kiddle Drive, Taupö............................ P +64 7 378 2383

St Andrew’s Anglican Church

91 Titiraupenga St, Taupö....................... P +64 7 378 6059

St Patricks Catholic Church

88 Acacia Bay Rd, Taupö......................... P +64 7 378 7440

Ohuanga Road, Turangi

St Paul’s Union Church

Cnr Rifle Range & Tamamutu St, Taupö.. P +64 7 378 6812

Salvation Army

2 Kiddle Drive, Taupö.............................. P +64 7 378 4142

Seventh-day Adventist Church

Cnr Gillies & Hinemoa Ave, Taupö.......... P +64 7 333 7305

Taupo Baptist Church

Cnr Taupo View & Rifle Range Rd, Taupö...P +64 7 378 9275

Taupo Bible Church Acacia Bay Community Hall,

Wakeman Rd, Taupö............................... P +64 7 378 9007

Te Pihopatanga O Aotearoa (Anglican) Tikanga Maori

St James Nukuhau or St Matthews Oruanui, Taupö

............................................................. P +64 7 378 9671

The Refinery (AOG)

11 Tongariro Street, Taupö..................... P +64 27 553 3169

DOCTORS

Lake Surgery

109 Tongariro St, Taupö.......................... P +64 7 378 6294

Pihanga Health

Town centre, Turangi ............................. P +64 7 384 7576

Taupo Medical Centre

Cnr Kaimanawa & Heuheu St, Taupö ..... P +64 7 378 4080

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Taupo Health Centre

113 Heuheu St, Taupö............................. P +64 7 378 7060

Tuwharetoa Health Services

Town Centre, Turangi.............................. P +64 7 384 7576

DOG EXERCISE AREAS

Besley Park

off Besley Place and Wakeman Road, Acacia Bay, Taupö

Control Gates Reserve

off SH1 adjacent to Waikato River, Taupö

Hawai Street Reserve

off Hawai and Otupai Streets, Taupö

Kimberley Reserve

off Henry Hill and Taharepa Roads, Taupö

Seccombe Park 3 Mile Bay, Taupö

Spa Thermal Park off County Avenue, Taupö

Tamatea Water Reserve off Tamatea Road, Taupö

Titoki Water Reserve

off Titoki, Richmond and Hyde Avenues, Taupö

Te Rangiita – Waitetoko Lakeshore Reserve

off SH1, Waitetoko

Taupahi Road Reserve off Taupahi Road, Turangi

Waipapa Reserve off SH1, Turangi

Pukawa Reserve off Kaiuru Avenue, Pukawa

Kuratau off Pihanga and Motutaiko Roads, Kuratau

Kowhai Flats off Ngati Parekawa Drive, Whareroa

Mangakino Foreshore Reserve

off Lake Road, Mangakino

PLEASE RESPECT AND ENJOY OUR DOG EXERCISE

AREAS: Remember to remove your dogs droppings.

Dogs are not allowed onto any children's play areas.

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Police, Fire & Ambulance..................... 111 (Emergency)

Taupo Police Station

21 Story Pl, Taupö..............P +64 7 378 6060 (Non-emergency)

Turangi Police Station

4 Ohuanga Rd, Turangi....... P +64 7 386 7709 (Non-emergency)

Mangakino Police Station............

Rimu St, Mangakino............P +64 7 882 8008 (Non-emergency)

FISHING LICENCES

Anglers must have a current licence for the Taupö fishing

district, as licences issued for other fishing districts are not

valid at Taupö. These are widely available from retailers

and service stations in the region. For fishing outside of

the Taupö fishing district, including in the Mangakino

area, please go to www.fishandgame.org.nz.

INFORMATION CENTRES

Taupö i-Site Visitor Centre

Tongariro St, Taupö................................. P +64 7 376 0027

Turangi i-Site Visitor Centre

Ngawaka Place, Turangi.......................... P +64 7 386 8999

POST OFFICES

Taupo Post Shop

42 Horomatangi St, Taupö...................... P +64 7 378 9090

Turangi Post shop

Naylors Bookshop, Town Centre, TurangiP +64 7 386 7769

RENTAL CAR COMPANIES

Avis Rent A Car

61 Spa Rd & Taupo Airport..................... P +64 7 378 6305

Budget Rent A Car

108 Rifle Range Rd & Taupo Airport....... P +64 7 378 9764

Hertz Rent A Car

56 Spa Rd & Taupo Airport..................... P +64 7 378 8056

NZ Rentacar

Taupo Airport.......................................... P +64 7 343 6638

Pegasus Rental Cars

79 Spa Road............................................. P +64 7 377 0666

Rent A Dent Rental Cars

7 Nukuhau St........................................... P +64 7 378 2740

Turangi Rentals

95 Atirau Rd, Turangi............................... P +64 7 386 8226

SUPERMARKETS

New World

Town Centre, Turangi.............................. P +64 7 386 8780

Pak ‘N’ Save

Ruapehu St, Taupö.................................. P +64 7 376 0999

Countdown

Cnr Spa Rd & Tongariro St, Taupö.......... P +64 7 378 7040

LOCALTRANSPORT

Airport Shuttle......................................... P 800 654 875

Dial A Driver, Taupö ............................... P +64 7 377 2244

Taupo’s Top Cab Company, Taupö......... P +64 7 378 9250

Taupo Taxis, Taupö................................. P +64 7 378 5100

Go Cabs, Taupö....................................... P +64 7 378 5886

Tongariro Expeditions............................. P 0800 828 763

Air New Zealand...................................... P 0800 737 000

Hotbus..................................................... P 0508 468 287

Taupo Connector..................................... P +64 7 378 2172

Shuttle 2U................................................ P 0800 546 628

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HOSPITAL

Taupo Hospital

Kotare St, Taupö...................................... P +6 47 376 1000

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Accent on Taupo............................................................. 17

Adelphi Motel.................................................................. 17

All Seasons Holiday Park Taupo...................................... 20

Anchorage Resort............................................................ 18

Asure Parklands Motorlodge........................................... 51

Bachcare.......................................................................... 19

Baycrest Lodge ............................................................... 18

Bayview Chateau Tongariro ............................................ 63

Bayview Wairakei Resort Taupo...................................... 16

Courtney Motel ............................................................... 18

Gables Motel................................................................... 18

Golden Springs................................................................ 22

Great Lake Holiday Park.................................................. 20

Hilton Hotel...................................................................... 16

Huka Falls Resort............................................................. 15

Lake Taupo Accommodation Association....................... 14

Lake Taupo Motor Inn..................................................... 19

Lake Taupo Top 10 Holiday Resort................................. 21

Millennium Hotel............................................................. 15

Powderhorn..................................................................... 63

Quest Taupo.................................................................... 19

Reef Resort ..................................................................... 17

River Birches.................................................................... 51

Skotel............................................................................... 63

Spa Hotel ........................................................................ 19

Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre............................. 81

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort............................................. 21

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort....................(Inside front cover)

Taupo Backpackers.......................................................... 22

Tongariro Lodge.............................................................. 51

Troutbeck Lodge............................................................. 51

Turangi Backpackers........................................................ 52

Turangi Holiday Park........................................................ 52

4PLAY.............................................................................. 27

AC Baths ......................................................................... 36

Barbary Charters.............................................................. 42

Central Plateau Fishing.................................................... 43

Chris Jolly Outdoors........................................................ 43

Craters of the Moon........................................................ 41

Edge Indoor Rock Wall.................................................... 36

Ernest Kemp.................................................................... 42

Fish Taupo ...................................................................... 44

Fly Fishing Adventures..................................................... 54

Formula Challenge........................................................... 27

Freefall Skydive................................................................ 28

FunSki ............................................................................. 31

Go Fish ............................................................................ 44

Helipro............................................................................. 32

Helistar............................................................................. 37

Huka Falls River Cruise ................................................... 43

Huka Honey Hive............................................................. 34

Huka Prawn Park.............................................................. 34

Hukafalls Jet...................................................... (Back cover)

Indian Delights ................................................................ 45

IzardAir............................................................................. 33

KRS................................................................................... 31

Lake Taupo Hole in One Challenge................................. 37

Living Waters Spa ........................................................... 41

Mountain Air.................................................................... 65

Mt Ruapehu – Whakapapa and Turoa............................. 64

National Army Museum .................................................. 65

New Zealand Riverjet....................................................... 24

Orakei Korako.................................................................. 38

Otunui: The Paddleboat Company.................................. 57

Plateau Restaurant........................................................... 45

Rafting New Zealand....................................................... 53

Rapids Jet........................................................................ 29

Rapids Sensations............................................................ 28

Riverside Market.............................................................. 37

Rock n Ropes................................................................... 31

Skydive Taupo.................................................................. 31

Scenic Cellars .................................................................. 45

Tongariro Mountain Biking.............................................. 53

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Tongariro River Rafting.................................................... 53

Tokaanu Pools.................................................................. 53

Trout Centre.................................................................... 54

Taupo Bungy.................................................................... 30

Taupo Cliffhanger............................................................ 30

Taupo Debretts Hot Springs ........................................... 41

Taupo Golf Club.............................................................. 37

Taupö Museum................................................................ 35

Taupo Quad Adventures................................................. 29

Taupo Tandem Skydiving................................................ 25

Taupo Troutcatcher......................................................... 44

Taupo’s Floatplane.......................................................... 35

Tongariro Base Camp...................................................... 66

Tongariro Expeditions..................................................... 66

Tongariro Quads.............................................................. 66

Tongariro River Rafting.................................................... 26

Topgun Paintball.............................................................. 32

Volcanic Activity Centre................................................... 41

Waimangu........................................................................ 39

Wairakei Resort 9 Hole Golf Course................................ 36

Wai-O-Tapu..................................................................... 40

Wilderness Escapes......................................................... 32

Windsor Charters............................................................. 44

Comfy Beds

Everything you expect

in a hotel and a little

bit more. Snuggle

between soft sheets

and comfortable duvets.

Make the most of

our generous free

parking and then tap

into the WiFi. Sit by

the cosy fire in the

restaurant, mingle with

your friends, leap into

the pool, or soak in the

outdoor spa amongst

the stars. Kick up your

heels or just sit back

and gaze out at the

lake across the road.

Suncourt is the real deal.

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Marvel at the magnificent

Huka Falls from the water then

get ready for the thrilling

360 degree spins!!

Hukafalls Jet is the closest

jet-boat ride to Taupo and

offers free transfers

from Taupo

accommodation.

Tel 0800 4852 538 • www.hukafallsjet.com

200 Karetoto Road, Wairakei Tourist Park. Taupo (10mins north of Taupo)

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