The Rangitaiki River is the longest river in the Bay of Plenty region in New Zealand's North Island. It is 155 kilometres (96 mi) long, and rises inland from northern Hawkes Bay to the east of the Kaingaroa Forest. The Rangitaiki catchment covers an area of 3005 km2. It flows in a generally northeastward direction, passing through the town of Murupara and skirting close to the western edge of Te Urewera National Park before turning northwards, flowing past Edgecumbe and into the Bay of Plenty close to Thornton.
Motutere is a small township on the southeastern shore of Lake Taupō in New Zealand's Waikato region. It lies on Motutere Bay, close to the popular diving location, Te Poporo / Bulli Point, and approximately halfway between Taupō and Tūrangi, to both of which it is connected by SH1.
Lake Taupō (also spelled Taupo; Māori: Taupō-nui-a-Tia or Taupōmoana) is a lake in the North Island of New Zealand. It is in the caldera of the Taupō Volcano. The lake is the namesake of the town of Taupō, which sits on a bay in the lake's north-eastern shore. With a surface area of 616 square kilometres (238 sq mi), it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand, and the second largest freshwater lake by surface area in geopolitical Oceania after Lake Murray in Papua New Guinea. Motutaiko Island lies in the south east area of the lake.
Tūrangi is a small town on the west bank of the Tongariro River, 50 kilometres south-west of Taupō on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. It was built to accommodate the workers associated with the Tongariro hydro-electric power development project and their families. The town was designed to remain as a small servicing centre for the exotic forest plantations south of Lake Taupō and for tourists. It is well known for its trout fishing and calls itself "The trout fishing capital of the world". The major Māori hapū (tribe) of the Turangi area is Ngāti Tūrangitukua.
Kaingaroa Forest covers 2900 km² of the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand, and is the largest forest plantation in New Zealand, and the second largest in the Southern Hemisphere (after the 6000km² Sabie/Graskop plantation in South Africa). The forest stretches from Lake Taupō in the south to Kawerau to the north. The headquarters of the forest are at the small settlement of Kaingaroa, Bay of Plenty, 50 kilometres southeast of Rotorua. Prior to planting the area was a tussock and scrub plateau (ranging between 500 ft (150 m) and 2,481 ft (756 m) high), formed on volcanic ash.
Lake Ohakuri, at 12 square kilometres (4.6 sq mi), is the largest artificial lake of the Waikato river system in New Zealand. It forms the reservoir for the Ohakuri hydroelectric power station. Construction of the dam, approved in 1955, began in 1956 and was completed in 1960. The lake was filled over 14 days in January and February 1961. This drowned two thirds of the Orakei Korako geothermal area, including two of the world's largest geysers, Minginui Geyser and Orakei Korako Geyser.
Taupō (Māori pronunciation: [ˈtoʊpɔː]), sometimes written Taupo, is a town on the north-eastern shore of Lake Taupō, New Zealand's largest lake, in the central North Island. It is the largest urban area of the Taupo District, and the second-largest urban area in the Waikato region, behind Hamilton. It has a population of 26,000 (June 2021). Taupō was constituted as a borough in 1953. It has been the seat of Taupo District Council since the council was formed in 1989.
Taupō District is a territorial authority district in New Zealand. It covers 6,350 km² of land, and a further 610 km² of lake area, including Lake Taupō, New Zealand's largest lake, and Lake Rotoaira. The district stretches from the small town of Mangakino in the northwest to the Tongariro National Park in the south, and east into the Kaingaroa Forest. The district's population is largely located in the two main centres, Taupō and Tūrangi.
Iwitahi is a rural locality in the Taupo District and Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand's North Island. It is situated on State Highway 5 between Taupo and Napier, about 20 km southeast of Taupo. It is a farming area, largely surrounded by forest, close to the plains of the upper Rangitaiki River. The locality was formerly known as Iwatahi.
Mangakino is a small town on the banks of the Waikato River in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located close to the hydroelectric power station at Lake Maraetai, 85 kilometres (53 mi) southeast of Hamilton. Its population in 2001 was 1257. The town and its infrastructure are administered as the Mangakino Pouakani ward by the Taupo District Council
Pukawa or Pukawa Bay (Māori: Pūkawa) is a bay and a small township on the southern shores of Lake Taupo on New Zealand's North Island. It is off State Highway 41 between Turangi and Taumarunui, in the Taupo District and Waikato region.
Motuaiko Island is an island within Lake Taupō on the North Island of New Zealand. The lake's only island, it sits near the town of Motutere.
Lake Rotoaira (sometimes written Lake Roto-aira) is a small lake to the south of Lake Taupō on the North Island Volcanic Plateau in New Zealand. It covers an area of 13 km².
Aratiatia Power Station is a hydroelectric power station on the Waikato River, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the first hydroelectric power station on the Waikato River, and is located 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) downstream of Lake Taupo. Aratiatia is owned and operated by Mercury Energy.
Ātiamuri is a former hydro village in the central North Island of New Zealand. It lies alongside State Highway 1 about 27 km south of Tokoroa and 38 km north of Taupō. It is bordered by the Waikato River and surrounded by pine plantations. Upper Ātiamuri, just north of the Waikato River, is a small community of lifestyle blocks, dairy farms and farm servicing businesses.
Atiamuri Power Station is a hydroelectric power station on the Waikato River, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the third of eight hydroelectric power stations on the Waikato River. The station can easily be seen from State Highway 1 between Taupo and Tokoroa.
Pākā Bay, formerly called Halletts Bay is a bay on the eastern shore of Lake Taupō, New Zealand. It was known as Hamaria, named after Samaria, during missionary times, and before that Paka. The early Māori explorer Tia built a tūāhu (ceremonial altar) to signify he occupied the land and named the cliffs Taupō-nui-a-Tia (the great cloak of Tia). This name was later given to the lake by the occupying tribes that followed.
Kinloch (from Scottish Gaelic: Ceann Loch) is a small town on the most northerly bay of Lake Taupō, 20 kilometres (12 mi) by road northwest of Taupō on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand. It is in the Waikato region.
The Kuratau River is a river of the centre of New Zealand's North Island. It flows generally eastwards, initially flowing southeast from its sources in rough hill country south of the Pureora Forest Park before turning northeast to reach the small Lake Kuratau. From here it flows east 5 kilometres (3 mi) further before flowing into the southwest of Lake Taupo close to the settlement of Kuratau.
Lake Rotopounamu (also known as Greenstone Lake, from the Māori roto (lake) and pounamu (greenstone)) is a secluded lake in the Pihanga Scenic Reserve, in the Tongariro National Park in New Zealand's Central North Island. It lies at the northwest foot of Mt Pihanga, and was formed by a landslide around 10,000 years ago. The lake is fed by seven streams, but has no visible surface outflow. It is believed to drain underground.
The Ohaaki Power Station is a geothermal power station owned and operated by Contact Energy. A distinctive feature of this power station is the 105 m high natural draft cooling tower, the only one of its kind in New Zealand.
Ohakuri is a dam and hydroelectric power station on the Waikato River, central North Island, New Zealand, midway between Taupo, Rotorua and Hamilton. Its dam is about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) upstream of the Atiamuri Dam.
Mount Pihanga is a 1,326 metres (4,350 ft) volcanic peak in the North Island Volcanic Plateau, located to the north of Mount Tongariro, between Tongariro and Lake Taupo. Lake Rotoaira lies to the south-west of Pihanga, and the smaller Lake Rotopounamu is situated on the south-western flank of the volcano, near Te Ponanga Saddle. Mt. Pihanga and Lake Rotopounamu are part of the 5,129ha Pihanga Scenic Reserve, which in 1975 was added to the Tongariro National Park. Mt. Pihanga appears to have a large crater, but this is in fact the result of erosion, and the "crater" quickly narrows into a steep gorge.
Tauhara College is a state coeducational secondary school located in Taupo, New Zealand. Serving Years 9 to 13, the school has a roll of approximately 600 students.
Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is a co-educational high school in Taupo, New Zealand. The school currently has about 1050 students. Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is a Cornerstone Values school.
Taupo Intermediate School is a medium-sized intermediate school (year 7 and year 8) located in Taupo, New Zealand.
The Te Huka Geothermal Power Station, also known as Tauhara One, is a 23 MW binary cycle geothermal power station situated near Taupo, New Zealand. The power station is operated by Contact Energy.
Waihi Village, also known as Little Waihi, is a small Māori community of around 25 households on the southwestern shores of Lake Taupo seven kilometres northwest of Turangi, New Zealand. It has been the site of three major landslides, in 1910, 1846 and around 1780, which killed over 200 people in total. The landslides flowed down the Waimatai Stream from their source above the village in the Hipaua Steaming Cliffs geothermal area.
Whakamaru is a town in the central region of the North Island of New Zealand. The Maori words 'whaka' and 'maru' literally mean to give shelter to, or safeguard.
Wharewaka is a suburb of Taupō, New Zealand. It stretches from Rainbow Point to Five Mile Bay on the west side of State Highway 1. Wharewaka lies on a small point of land next to Lake Taupo and 1.6 km northwest of the Taupo Airport.
Taupo Airport (Māori: Te Papa Waka Rererangi o Taupō, (IATA: TUO, ICAO: NZAP)) is a small airport 8 km (5.0 mi) to the south of Taupō township on the eastern shores of Lake Taupō, New Zealand.
Whakamaru Power Station is a hydroelectric power station on the Waikato River, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the fourth hydroelectric power station on the Waikato River.
The Hinemaiaia Stream is a river of the central North Island of New Zealand. It flows northwest from Kaimanawa Forest Park, flowing into the eastern shore of Lake Taupo at Hatepe, halfway between Taupo and Turangi. It is a popular Fly fishing stream with good numbers of Rainbow trout spawning in the winter months of June through to September.
The Mokai Power Station is a geothermal power station owned by the Tuaropaki Power Company and operated by Mercury Energy. It is located approximately 30 km north west of Taupo in New Zealand. The station uses a binary cycle manufactured by Ormat Industries.
The North Island, also officially named Te Ika-a-Māui, is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the larger but much less populous South Island by the Cook Strait. The island's area is 113,729 square kilometres (43,911 sq mi), making it the world's 14th-largest island. It has a population of 3,925,800 (June 2021), accounting for approximately 77% of the total residents of New Zealand.
The southernmost and largest Waipapa River is a river of the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. It flows generally northeast from its origins to the south of the Pureora Forest Park, passing through the southeast corner of the park to reach Lake Waipapa on the Waikato River 10 kilometres northwest of Mangakino. The Waipapa flows into the Waikato River at Lake Waipapa, the hydro reservoir formed by the Waipapa Power Station.
Oruanui or Ōruanui is a rural community in the Taupo District and Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island, located northwest of Wairakei on State Highway 1.
Waitahanui is a village in the Taupo District, Waikato region, New Zealand. The village is on the eastern shore of Lake Taupo, 14 km (9 mi) south of the district seat of Taupō .
Nga Awa Purua, also known as Rotokawa II, is a geothermal power station located near Taupo in New Zealand. The project was developed by Mighty River Power (now Mercury Energy). Nga Awa Purua is New Zealand's second largest geothermal power station and the steam turbine is the largest geothermal turbine in the world.
Ngatamariki is a geothermal power station commissioned in 2013 and operated by Mercury Energy. It is located approximately 17 km north east of Taupo and was constructed well under the budget of $475 million.
The Rotokawa Power Station is a geothermal power station owned and operated by Mercury Energy. It is located approximately 10 km north east of Taupo in New Zealand. The station uses a binary cycle manufactured by Ormat Industries.
The Te Mihi Power Station is a 166 MW geothermal power station owned and operated by Contact Energy, located north of Taupo in New Zealand.
The Poihipi Power Station is a geothermal power station owned and operated by Contact Energy. It is located on Poihipi Road near Taupo in New Zealand.
Wairakei is a small settlement, and geothermal area a few kilometres north of Taupō, in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, on the Waikato River. It is part of the Taupō Volcanic Zone and features several natural geysers, hot pools. boiling mud pools, and the Wairakei Power Station, a major geothermal electric power generating station.
Taupo International Motorsport Park and Events Centre (previously known as the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park) is a motorsports circuit located in Broadlands Road, Taupo, New Zealand. It is owned by Tony Quinn who also owns Highlands Motorsport Park and Hampton Downs Motorsport Park.
The Waihāhā River is a river of the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. It flows from its origins in several streams west of Lake Taupo, the most important of which are the Mangatu and Waitaia streams, which have their headwaters in the Hauhungaroa Range. The Waihaha flows into the Western Bay of Lake Taupo at the settlement of Waihāhā, 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Kuratau.
The Waipakihi River is a river of the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. It is the first major tributary of the infant Waikato, flowing southwest from the Kaimanawa Range to reach the Waikato 15 kilometres (9 mi) east of Mount Ngauruhoe on the North Island Volcanic Plateau.
Mount Tongariro (; Māori: [tɔŋaɾiɾɔ]) is a compound volcano in the Taupō Volcanic Zone of the North Island of New Zealand. It is located 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the southwest of Lake Taupō, and is the northernmost of the three active volcanoes that dominate the landscape of the central North Island.
The Waiotaka River is a river of the Waikato Region of New Zealand's North Island. It flows northwest from its origins in the Kaimanawa Range to reach the southern shore of Lake Taupo 5 kilometres (3 mi) northeast of Turangi.
The Huka Falls are a set of waterfalls on the Waikato River that drains Lake Taupō in New Zealand.
Acacia Bay is a community on a small inlet on the western shores of Tapuaeharuru Bay, Lake Taupo in New Zealand. There are four main beach areas. It is located approximately 2 miles west of Taupo.
Craters of the Moon Thermal Area (or Karapiti in Māori language) is a region with geothermal activity north of Taupo, New Zealand. It is a part of Wairakei, the largest geothermal field in New Zealand, with a surface area of about 25 km2, which lies in the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The name springs from the many hydrothermal eruption craters, which are in part barren and which have bright colours. Combined with the numerous steam vents, constantly shifting, collapsing and reforming giving the whole area desolate appearance, and the sulphur smell, the whole area has an “unearthly” atmosphere. The craters are a relatively recent feature of the area and appeared as a result of human activity in the region.
Kuratau is a small village north of Omori, on the western side of New Zealand's Lake Taupo. The population in the 2013 census was 273 people in 117 households; 22.0 percent of the population was under 15 and 15.4 percent were over 65. Approximately 76% of the population is of European origin and approximately 37% is of Maori origin. The most commonly spoken language is English.
The Wairakei Power Station is a geothermal power station near the Wairakei Geothermal Field in New Zealand. Wairakei lies in the Taupo Volcanic Zone.