Great Lake Taupo Event Venues
Great Lake Centre
Designed to meet the requirements of any event organiser, the Great Lake Centre offers exceptional support for Taupo events including equipment hire, ticketing, event personnel and free parking. This Taupo events centre caters for indoor events, expos, event registrations, event prizegivings, conferences, trade shows, seminars, concerts and festivals.
Tongariro North Domain
With over 2.5 hectares of green space, the parkland adjacent to the Great Lake Centre hosts many large festivals, sporting events, outdoor exhibitions and open-air performances. There is a power supply available on the domain as well as an accessible water supply.
Previous events include:
- IRONMAN New Zealand
- The Taupo Home And Garden Show
- The New Balance Great Lake Relay
- The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
Amphitheatre & Riverside Park
Located in the centre of Taupo’s CBD, adjacent to Tongariro North Domain, lies Riverside Park.
Within the grounds of the park is the Unison Amphitheatre.
This natural amphitheatre is on the banks of the Waikato River – a picturesque setting, with large mature trees. The grassed amphitheatre provides seating for approximately 14,000 people and hosts a variety of large-scale outdoor concerts, festivals and events each summer.
Taupo Events Centre
Taupo Events Centre offers a generous sports stadium, versatile function room, clubroom, indoor rock climbing wall and Fitness Studio. It is a versatile and quality venue that can be easily transformed to meet your requirements. It plays host to large festivals, events and ceremonies, local holiday programmes, expos, shows, gala and banquet dinners.
- Four large separate Changing Rooms capable of each holding a team of 15 (double as dressing rooms and toilets)
- Retractable bleacher seating capable of 432 people seating each side of the stadium
- Clubrooms complete with adjoining kitchen and toilets (also can double as backstage concert dressing room and toilets).
Fitness Studio - our spacious and modern fitness studio is well equipped.
AC Baths Swimming Complex
AC Baths is a Taupo sports centre and an ideal place to visit in any weather that provides you with great training and recovery facilities. Located just 4 minutes from the Taupo town centre. Ample free parking is available, enough to easily accommodate team buses.
Open Daily 6am-9pm.
Indoor 25m Training Pool
This is a national standard short course 25m pool, which is reputed as being a fast lane pool. Alongside are large changing rooms and bleacher seating to hold approx 400 people as well as an aquatic club room and a control room for swim meets.
Depth 2 metres
Temp 26-27 degrees °C
Outdoor 25m Training Pool
This is an ideal pool for training, aqua walking or jogging, even kayak instruction, the outdoor swimming pool is perfect in all weather.
Depth 1.2 metres
Temp 27-28 degrees °C
There is no better way to relax tired muscles or release built up lactic acid. Located within the indoor leisure pool area the sauna is available for adults 16 years+.
Private Mineral Hot Pools
Perfect for warming and loosening over worked muscles after an intensive training session or day of competition.
Seats up to 4 people x 8 pools
Seats up to 16 people x 1 pool
Temp 38-41 degrees °C
These Taupo hot pools are full of natural geothermal water which is only filtered, with no additives nor recycled in any way. Limit of 45 minutes per session and recommended for adults only (children 8 years+ are allowed if accompanied by a responsible adult 16 years+).
Taupo Motorsport Park
Taupo Motorsport Park has four race track configurations consisting of 1.3km, 2.2km, 3.3km and 3.4km. There are two separate pit/paddock areas and two separate start/finish locations, allowing for simultaneous use of two tracks (Track 2 and Track 3).
The motor racing circuit has various licences depending on which track configuration is being used, ranging from FIA Grade 2 Motorsport Licence and International Motorcycling Safety Standards to National Grade 1 and Grade 2 Motorsport Licence.
Taupo Motorsport Park features a three-storey pit lane complex with 32 pit garages, 8 first floor corporate suites and a race control/corporate/catering complex. The full circuit has permanent spectator capacity of 10,000 general admission with on-site parking for up to 4,000 cars.
The Drag Strip has been designed to NZDRA standards with spectator viewing for up to 5,000.
Home to Taupo District's artificial hockey turf and 2 fields for rugby league in winter or 4 fields for touch rugby in summer, Hickling Park covers 2.5 hectares. It has floodlighting, full freshwater access, changing rooms and power facilities on site. Adjacent to the hockey turf on Hickling Park is Taupo Skate Park. Hickling Park has played host to international games such as New Zealand vs Malaysia.
Owen Delany Park
Owen Delany Park covers 11 hectares and accommodates rugby, cricket, league, athletics, netball, cycling, archery and dog training facilities as well as hosting other sport and recreational activities.
It is the largest multi purpose, internationally recognised Taupo sports ground.
Owen Delany Park offers:
- a floodlit international size playing field with stadium
- two corporate lounges - upstairs/downstairs
- five full size playing fields (120m x 70m)
- a velodrome
- access to full club facilities onsite.
- 8 changing rooms, showers and physio and/or officials rooms
- 1km from Taupö Events Centre and AC Baths
- Ample parking both inside and outside the grounds gates
- Power: two transformers to accommodate large crowds at the stadium, on the second tier levels as well as car parks Whether you are planning a sports event, recreational event or require a quality training, teambuilding or function venue, Owen Delany Park can cater for all of your requirements.
Netball Courts - We have 10 courts, a pavilion canteen and a large children’s play area situated at Owen Delany Park.
Other Great Lake Taupo Venues
This is a 10.3 hectare Taupo sports park that includes 10 football fields, flood lighting, power access, changing rooms, meeting facilities and water access for drinking and irrigation.
Taupo Rodeo Club
Home of the annual Taupo Rodeo held every summer.
Taupo Race Course
Four times a year the races come to town.
Home to the Taupo BMX Club. The ground has a custom built BMX racing track and jumps.
Digger McEwen Motorcycle Park
Home to the Taupo Motorcycle Club. The circuit has many features designed for "big air" and technically impressive stunts.
The club hosts many national and international MotoX events including SUPER X.
The venue for mountain biking, triathlon and off-road events plus the start/finish of the Huka Falls Spa Park Walk.
The Taupo sports park where Jed Mildon did the first BMX Triple Backflip in 2011!
Venue of the NZ Pump Track National Championships.
Taupo Skate Park
Home to Taupo Skate Club, this Chad Ford designed facility is 55 metres long and 29 metres at its widest point. It provides a total of 1286 square metres of concrete surface for skateboarders and scooters!
National Equestrian Centre
Sited on a 36.422 hectare block just north of Taupo, the National Equestrian Centre hosts many national events every year. With purpose built facilities, it serves as an excellent base for any equestrian event.
Natural Event Venues
Lake Taupo is a freshwater lake that lies in the caldera created by a super volcanic eruption and is the largest lake in New Zealand. The 616 square kilometres of lake provide a monster playground for water sports of every kind.
Tongariro National Park
Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features – a challenging setting for adventure events.
Kaimanawa Forest Park
Dominated by the Kaimanawa mountain ranges, the Kaimanawa Forest Park encompasses a vast (77,348 hectares) largely unmodified expanse of native forest, shrublands and tussock grasslands. It was gazetted in 1969 and is managed to protect and conserve soil and water, native vegetation, wildlife and scenic values.
Pureora Forest Park
Pureora Forest Park contains many kilometres of roads and tracks suitable for mountain biking. Mountain bikers are welcome to explore all the formed roads and tracks within Pureora Forest Park, wherever old cut earth or ‘bladed’ lines are found. A range of easy and technical rides are ready to be discovered. Some tracks are circular while others return by the same route.
The Tongariro is classed as one of the best trout fishing rivers in the world and part of its charm lies in its accessibility. New Zealand’s State Highway 1 follows the river for a number of kilometres, providing anglers with easy access to the numerous pools and rapids.
The Waikato's free flowing and dammed hydro lakes are perfect for waka ama, rowing, wakeboarding, kayaking and waterskiing. The whitewater sections are renowned among kayaking enthusiasts specifically the Fuljames Rapids north of Taupo. This was the site of the 1999 World Whitewater Championships, as well as the 1998 pre-World event.
Great Lake Trail
One of the great New Zealand biking tours of Nga Haerenga, New Zealand Cycle Trail. Two sections of the planned 80km ride have been completed. Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch (14km plus a 10km headland loop track) and Kinloch to Kawakawa Bay and on via Chinamen's Creek to Whangamata Road (20km). 13km of the Waihaha Bay track has been completed and can be accessed from Western Bay Road at the Waihaha River bridge carpark.
Craters Mountain Bike Park
There are trails to suit all levels of ability in the Craters MTB Park – Wairakei Forest 5km north of Taupo.
Waikato River Trails
Opened in 2011 and boosted by the New Zealand Cycle Trail funding, the Waikato River Trails are a 100km series of connected river cycling trails from Atiamuri to Pokaiwhenua Carpark. Ride a section or the whole trail – your choice.
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Ask The Local
The Events Capital of New Zealand With so many various events happening all year round, it is no wonder that Great Lake Taupo is considered to be the Events Capital of New Zealand. Attend an event, provide support or organise an event. You'll find impeccable hospitality like no other.- Nick Reader, District Events Manager, Taupo District Council