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The Taupo town centre is one of those extraordinary places that you’ll visit and wish you lived in. In fact, many of our permanent residents had exactly that thought when they first visited Taupo, so they chose to make it their home. Moving from all corners of the globe and from within New Zealand, these people have joined longer-standing residents to form a diverse and caring community who embrace the quintessential kiwi lifestyle. Relaxed living, beautiful surroundings and positive people are what it’s all about.
These qualities also make Taupo the perfect holiday destination or weekend getaway location. Taupo is known for its adrenaline activities like bungy jumping, sky diving and jet boating, but equally for its fishing, boating, walking and natural attractions such as geothermal hot pools, waterfalls, forests and volcanoes. All of this can be done within relatively close proximity to the Taupo town centre, making it the ideal base for your holiday. Taupo also boasts free wifi in several locations, making it easier for visitors and locals to stay connected. To learn more about Taupo's adrenaline activites or natural attractions simply stop by the Taupo iSite.
Like many locals, if you have a passion for the outdoors you’ll find it hard to leave. Taupo is full of outdoor gurus, with many working as guides to show you around the incredible playground they enjoy all year round. If you venture into the mountains, out on the trails or on the lake you will no doubt meet some of them out there doing their thing - mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, alpine climbing, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, wakeboarding, stand up paddle boarding…the list goes on!
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Kinloch is a stunning little settlement on the western shores of Lake Taupo, just one of the small towns dotted around Lake Taupo, nestled in Whangamata Bay. Home to 300 residents, it has stunning views of the lake and mountains.
Kinloch is a popular holiday hangout for locals and tourists to enjoy. Only a short 20 minute drive from the Taupo town centre, this charming community is the perfect picturesque spot for a lakeside picnic lunch, a dip in the fresh lake water, a spot of trout fishing or a meander around the dinky Kinloch Marina. Be sure to grab a coffee and a bite to eat from the popular local café,walking distance from the lake’s edge.
History tells us that Kinloch’s name comes from the Scottish Gaelic name Ceann Loch meaning ‘head of the lake’. Originally a sheep station, Kinloch later developed into a holiday destination with kiwi baches being built next to the lake. The town owes its inception to the 1962 Prime Minister of New Zealand – Keith Holyoake.
Kinloch is the link between the K2K and W2K sections of the Great Lake Trail – one of the 18 great rides which make up Nga Haerenga – the New Zealand Cycle Trail network. If you like to cycle and walk then try out the W2K section, a scenic 13km (one way) trail from Kinloch to Whakaipo Bay (or vice versa) with sweeping views of the lake and surrounding areas.
For the avid mountain biker, try the challenging 9km K2K section that heads off from Kinloch in the other direction towards Kawakawa Bay, a picturesque and secluded bay surrounded by bush.
Kinloch is also home to on of the best golf courses in the world, The Kinloch Club. The course is a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, ranked top 100 in the world outside the USA by Golf Digest Magazine.
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Turangi is a year round outdoor destination. Whether you enjoy trout fishing, adventure activities, skiiing or snowboarding, hiking or bird watching you won't be disappointed.
One of the great things about the area is the number of activities, sights and attractions that will leave your wallet firmly in your back pocket. Check out the free activities on offer in the Great Lake Taupo region for inspiration.
Here is our list of 'Must Do's' in the Turangi & Tongariro areas.