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  • Lake Taupo | New Zealand favourite holiday destination | fishing | Skiing| Mountain walks | thermal pools | vibrant cafes & restaurants and a vast array of hotels | motels | backpackers
    are bustling with cafes and exclusive shopping scenic delights greet visitors at every turn Some of the best trout fishing in the world has international anglers flocking to the area while mighty mountain peaks draw skiers and adventurers alike to experience the pristeen environment Clean Green New Zealand this is it Experience the vocanic wonders of the Tongariro National Park or undertake the stunning Tongariro Crossing one day walk Adventures in the Taupo region include jet boating sky diving bungi jumps mountain biking or just plain relaxing besides the great lake or in a volcanic hot pool Experience the vocanic wonders of the Tongariro National Park or undertake the stunning Tongariro Crossing one day walk Marvel at Huka Falls the most visited natural feature in New Zealand climb the volcanoes or explore the wider region with extensive farmlands mountains bush and rivers Marvel at Huka Falls the most visited natural feature in New Zealand climb the volcanoes or explore the wider region with extensive farmlands mountains bush and rivers No Wonder Lake Taupo Is New Zealands Favourite Holiday Destination Book Lake Taupo Accommodation Use our online booking engine to check price and avaialability Check in date 01 02 03 04

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  • Lake Taupo | New Zealand favourite holiday destination | fishing | Skiing| Mountain walks | thermal pools | vibrant cafes & restaurants and a vast array of hotels | motels | backpackers
    breathtaking environment that sets Taupo apart has also created a phenomenal surge in development as more and more people want to enjoy the relaxed sophisticated lifestyle of Taupo A BRIEF HISTORY OF TAUPO Taupo first began to develop about 300 000 years ago with major eruptions over the years forming areas such as the Western Bays Shoreline This area was formed in a huge bang about 2 000 years ago which caused enormous dust clouds around the world as an area of about 20 000 square miles was erupted into the sky The big bang that formed the lake itself was about 186 AD where 660 square kilometres of material was ejected the effects being felt around the world There are reports in China of the great Taupo eruption as were there reports within the Roman Empire of brilliant fiery sunsets Maori first migrated to New Zealand around the 13th century and found the lake with its thermal waters a great place to live Followed by Europeans from around 1840 During a period of civil unrest with some Maori tribes the Armed Constabulary took up residence in 1867 and many of them stayed on to help form the town During that time about 1874 75 visitors travelling north would travel up the Wanganui river by paddle steamer and then by horse drawn coach to Tokaanu at the southern end of the Lake Staying at the Tokaanu hotel before they travelled down the lake on a steamer boat Travel via the lake continued well into the 1920 s until a road was formed around the lake shore Taupo township was first surveyed in 1877 and as the town slowly grew so did the commercial sector with the first shops appearing about 1876 The Taupo District Council The Taupo District Council is

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  • Lake Taupo | New Zealand favourite holiday destination | fishing | Skiing| Mountain walks | thermal pools | vibrant cafes & restaurants and a vast array of hotels | motels | backpackers
    of lakeside holiday homes make this a busy and popular holiday area Lake Otamangakau Dam 0 7km east from State Highway 47 Lake Rotoaira Road junction 5kms from the main road This lake is extreemly popular for fishing as it has developed a reputation for producing large trophy trout boat ramp Motuoapa 10kms north of Turangi on State Highway 1 Motuoapa has developed as a holiday settlement for people living in the lower North Island In more recent years the village has developed as an area for permanent dwellings with people working in either Turangi Taupo or retiring to the settlement Large subdivisions have seen a boom in building and Motuopa has grown to be a substantial holiday area of it s own Prior to the 1950 s the settlement had a main highway of pumice road a camping ground on the northern corner of main highway and Arataha Street and a store on the southern corner which also contained the original Echo Cliffs Restaurant now relocated in Taupo The store used to be where the landliners would stop for tea breaks for their passengers There were several small fishing huts located between Maniapoto Street and the present pump station these have since been removed There are also hot springs on the Lake edge in this area During the 1950 s there were many developments The main Highway was sealed The Marina was initially developed with fill coming from the cliffs behind Motuoapa Village in 1958 National Youth Hostel Association had a hostel just south of the garage The buildings are now privately owned 1955 the Motuoapa Garage was built The old store was burnt down and relocated to the Shaw property on the lakefront Motuoapa Esplanade and later moved to the present site with the building being transferred from a mill on the Western access During the 1950 s the Fishing Lodge was built by Mr Jack Thorburn The idea coming from Mr Bill Sutherland an American This was the first Motel to be built in New Zealand as a change from Hotels The motel units had coal fired stoves as power didn t arrive until the 1960 s This has since been replaced with the present Motuoapa Lodge on the same site The 1960 s saw the rubbish dump at the southern boarder transferred up to the pumice pit site and the old site is now a Dept of Conservation reserve Power came in the same era The 1970 s saw the loss of partyline phones to individual lines The planting of the forest behind the Village The most significant change in the 1970 s was the expansion of Motuoapa Village Mr John Asher and family sold land for subdivision that was opened up in stages and is still expanding Motutere Bay 20 8kms north of Turangi on State Highway 1 Picnic swimming fishing boat ramp water ski lane 20 minute walk from motor camp scenic views Mount Maunganamu 4 1kms from Turangi via State Highway 41 turn right after the Tokaanu tailrace 30 minute return walk camping picnic fishing Okupata Caves Difficult to find Seek advice from the Dept of Conservation office in Turangi Omori 15kms from Turangi on State Highway 41 Picnic swimming walks fishing boat ramp Another popular lakeside holiday area Opotaka Village 11kms from Turangi Historic scenic picnic Rotoaira Tokaanu intake boat ramp Oruatua 11kms north of Turangi on State Highway 1 Fishing swimming Pukawa 18 3kms from Turangi on State Highway 41 Boat ramp swimming picnics walks Another popular lakeside holiday area Stump Bay 7kms north of Turangi off State Highway 1 Swimming picnics yacht club toilets During the summer this is one of the best safe swimming areas with a nice pumice sand beach Tokaanu Tokaanu was the site of an Armed Constabulary in the 1870 s and has a Maori history prior to this Tokaanu township was surveyed and proclaimed as a Native Township in 1897 and vested in trust The land was auctioned for lease in 1898 The original town survey plan envisaged a relatively extensive and self contained settlement and provided sites for a town hall library school public buildings and a market In 1920 the following problems were identified with Tokaanu bad access road large areas periodically flood inferior accommodation to travellers Tokaanu s development was further hindered by early concentration of development on the Eastern lakeshore following completion of the eastern access in 1922 Pre 1950 s Tokaanu In 1942 the Waikato River control gates were installed raising the Lake Taupo level by four feet and this had a major effect on Tokaanu ie dwellings were abandoned house sites were abandoned loss of hot springs and beaches raising of the swamp level All the above rendered Tokaanu useless for economic purposes Restrictions on land use were imposed because of effluent entering the Tokaanu Stream and lake water Post 1950 s Tokaanu Up to the 1950 s tourism relating to trout fishing was significant in the early years Tokaanu boasted a good range of commercial activities and community activities In the 1960 s the township of Turangi was established and this impacted heavily on Tokaanu THC built a motel at the foot of the Thermal Baths in the early 1960 s Present Day Tokaanu There have also been investments in activities linked to tourism with boat services retail activities and upgrading and development of the thermal park Growing residential demands have resulted from continuing demand for holiday homes accommodation needs of those establishing new enterprises desire of local Maoris to return to their ancestral home National Trout Center 5kms south of Turangi on State Highway 1 Fantastic displays of fishing memrobillia and interpritive center underwater viewing chamber children s fishing days one Sunday per month May to September National Trout Center Website Turangi Township Built by the Ministry of Works in the mid 1960 s to house the thousands of workers employed on the Tongariro Power Development Turangi was a classic hydro town The township was built beside

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  • Turangi, New Zealand. The Trout Fishing Capital of the World. It's a Breath of Fresh Air.
    diverse outdoor recreational opportunities From Fishing and hunting to snow and water skiing hiking boating orienteering and horse trekking and so the list goes on We have chosen to highlight a few of the most popular activities in depth but please do advise us it you would like us to add a page about your sport Fishing The Taupo Region Snow Skiing The National Park Taupo Turangi Lakeshore towns Business

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  • Lake Taupo, New Zealand. New Zealands favourite holiday destination.
    their support Close This Page Contact Map Recommend Site Advertise Welcome To Exciting Lake Taupo Surrounded by stunning volcanoes bush clad mountains and a spectacular landscape lies the largest freshwater lake in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere Lake Taupo The water is stunningly blue the air fresh and unpolluted the towns are bustling with cafes and exclusive shopping scenic delights greet visitors at every turn Some of the best

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  • Lake Taupo | New Zealand favourite holiday destination | fishing | Skiing| Mountain walks | thermal pools | vibrant cafes & restaurants and a vast array of hotels | motels | backpackers
    lot of heartache in the long run Search for fishing guide Fishing opportunities around the Tongariro region are vast and exciting with the chance of catching a huge fish very possible It is for this reason that anglers all over the world dream of one day visiting the region to have that experience for themselves If you live here in New Zealand you might as well take advantage of this wonderful fishery right on your own doorstep This Southern Lake Taupo fishing information is by courtesy of Alan Simmons Flyfishing FISHING THE TONGARIRO REGION Rainbow trout were introduced to this area about 100 years ago from California USA These were of steelhead sea run rainbow trout stock and to this day our rainbow trout still retain the magnificent fighting characteristics of their North American forebears The life cycle of our Taupo rainbows has remained almost unchanged as they treat Lake Taupo as a sea maturing in the lake and running up the rivers only to breed It is for this reason we differentiate between Taupo Tongariro steelhead fishing and traditional trout fishing for resident fish which live out their whole lives feeding and spawning in one particular watershed The peak fishing months on the Tongariro and the rivers running into the lake are from early May through September with trout averaging 4 5 pounds in weight although many trout are landed weighing 7 to 9 pounds with the occasional trophy fish exceeding 10 pounds BROWN TROUT Brown trout can also be caught all year round They are caught in the Tongariro and in Lake Otamangakau and many other rivers in the region Again fish in excess of 11 pounds can be caught and in the late summer many huge fish are caught often between 10 18lb Anglers can test thier luck against these monsters anywhere in the river as they are often seen in large numbers Great fun on dry fly during the warm summer evenings SPRING SUMMER AUTUMN FISHING October through May offers excellent nymph and dry fly fishing on nearby streams and lakes for both brown trout and River Smelting around the lake edge seems to be at its best late November and December The dry fly action begins about Xmas and builds to a high in February as the huge cicada hatches emerge The stream and river mouths also provide excellent streamer fishing at night during this time but watch for the full moon LAKE FISHING Although the lake fishes well all year round the best months are October through May and is suitable to even the most inexperienced angler Mainly River are taken either by deep trolling shallow trolling with fly rods and streamer flies jigging the deeper water or fly fishing from a boat EQUIPMENT For those anglers who wish to travel light and have not brought their own fishing tackle waders and rods can be hired ROD LINE A nine to ten foot rod with 8 weight being the ideal for most Tongariro fishing

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  • Lake Taupo | New Zealand favourite holiday destination | fishing | Skiing| Mountain walks | thermal pools | vibrant cafes & restaurants and a vast array of hotels | motels | backpackers
    Heritage Park of Tongariro offer superb skiing The Whakapapa Ski Area the magic mountain New Zealand s largest developed ski area is only 40 minutes away on Mt Ruapehu The beginners slopes in Happy Valley are an ideal place to learn to ski Intermediate skiers can roam the mountain enjoying over 30 groomed trails with lots of wide open cruisey terrain Experts can explore the steep chutes and couloirs that have made Whakapapa famous as a skiers mountain During the height of the ski season thousands flock to either Whakapapa on the eastern side of the mountain or to Turoa on the southern slopes Turangi is 30 minutes drive from Whakapapa and provides a great base for those who wish to come off the mountain and enjoy hot pools good accomodation and alternative activities on non skiing days Excellent hire facilities are also available from Turangi Around the base of the mountain are several small villages that also provide good accomodation restaurants and evening entertainmentas well as hire equipment On the mountain itself are numerous ski club facilities as well as the reknowned Grand Chateau for luxuary accomodation and dining Book Lake Taupo Accommodation Use our online booking engine to

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  • Lake Taupo | New Zealand favourite holiday destination | fishing | Skiing| Mountain walks | thermal pools | vibrant cafes & restaurants and a vast array of hotels | motels | backpackers
    Rangataua and Kaimanawa conservation areas These forests attract among others hunters trampers and fishing enthusiasts who come to experience the solitude and challenge of the back country Further north Lake Taupo and its tributaries provide opportunities for a range of water activities like sailing kayaking rafting and world class trout fishing Tongariro Taupo is the only conservancy responsible for the management of a fishery About 1800 years ago Taupo erupted cataclysmically An explosive cloud of searing pumice ash and gas spread across the landscape at hundreds of kilometres per hour filling river valleys and incinerating almost all life in its path over an eighty kilometre circumference covering about one third of the North Island The Taupo eruption the most destructive recorded in the world in the last 7000 years resulted from forces at work beneath the earth s surface Sixty to eighty kilometres off the North Island s east coast the Pacific tectonic plate grinds beneath its Indian Australian counterpart carrying crustal rocks and water logged ocean sediments down to regions of extreme heat Eventually the slab begins to melt producing huge batches of buoyant gas laden magma which rise and collect in chambers near the surface and maintain their internal heat over long periods It is these furnaces which fire up periodically and create the region s volcanic activity Over the last several million years thousands of cubic kilometres of ash pumice and lava from the Taupo volcanic zone have built up on the southern central North Island plateau Tongariro Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu are all active volcanoes Ngauruhoe in geological terms is very young and fires caused by its eruptions may have complemented human induced fires to prevent the surrounding forest from growing back to the natural bushline By the time humans arrived in the Tongariro Taupo region the forests had recovered from Taupo s massive eruption Podocarp and beech covered all but wetlands and the areas around Tongariro and Ngauruhoe and the forests were alive with an abundance of wildlife which is hard to comprehend today The arrival of humans brought about massive change Even before the first Maori left the coast and ventured inland the impact of introduced animals was felt by native species A second wave of extinctions occurred as birds such as the moa and the New Zealand eagle were hunted and a third as the forests were burned to make way for farming and exotic forestry New plant and animal pests placed further pressures on native flora and fauna and led to further extinctions This region prior to human settlement supported the kakapo kokako piopio saddleback and stitchbird it does no longer Populations of once common species such as the kaka robin kiwi pukeko and the native bat have also been greatly reduced The natural and human shaping of Tongariro Taupo continues to create the issues which Department of Conservation staff face today Fire remains a constant threat as do animal pests such as deer goats possums and wasps and weeds particularly old man

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