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
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
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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