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Taupo District

The Taupo District is a growing region with resources which include forestry, agriculture, hydroelectric and geothermal energy, and tourism based on its scenic and recreational attractions and served by a wide range of accommodation and restaurants, good transport and tourist activities. It is renowned internationally for its trout fishing, but is also well known as a centre for events such as the November cycle race which attracted 10,000 cyclists.


Lakeside beach - Eastern shores of Lake Taupo --credit: Destination Lake Taupo--

The fact that more than 730,000 overnight visitors annually stay in commercial and private accommodation proves the area's attractiveness. Many are drawn to the area by Tongariro National Park and the Whakapapa ski area.


Mt Tauhara and Lake Taupo from Acacia Bay --credit: Destination Lake Taupo--

Turangi at the southern end of Lake Taupo on the banks of the Tongariro River is the second largest township in the Taupo District and is famous for its trout fishing. Developed in the mid 1960s by the Ministry of Works during construction of the Tongariro Power Scheme its population peaked in 1968 at 6,500 but levelled out on completion of the project and now remains steady at 3,500.


Tongariro River --credit: Department of Conservation, Turangi--

Turangi is the doorstep to Tongariro National Park, a world heritage park, which features the andesite volcanoes of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu.

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