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Reasons To Run Your Event In Great Lake Taupo
Created by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions the world has seen, the Great Lake Taupo region has been sculpted by nature to offer you a picturesque, functional and inspiring setting for your next event.
There are many advantages of running a Taupo event in the centre of the North Island and our team will work with you to deliver the best experience possible for you and your participants!
Six Compelling Reasons to Run Your Event in Taupo
We walk the walk
We have proven event hosting history. From the international signature event of Ironman New Zealand, the biggest national cycle event, the Contact Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, and traditional team sporting fixtures such as OFC Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, NRL Sharks v Warriors Home Game and Super Rugby's Chiefs v Hurricanes. We have an events culture. It's who we are!
The epicenter for events
Great Lake Taupo is accessible by three million people who are within a five hour drive. Located within an easy driving distance of six of New Zealand's main centres, the Taupo district is at the epicentre of the North Island.
Taupo Airport is 8km from the centre of town and services a number of direct Taupo flights from Auckland and Wellington daily. View flight timetable here.
With approximately 35,000 aircraft landings and take-offs each year, Taupo Airport is the springboard for the largest commercial tandem skydive drop zone in the world and a range of scenic flights and private aircraft. Everything is at your fingertips.
Taupo has one set of traffic lights and we can turn them off when needed. Our venues are no more than 10 minutes apart and traffic jams are not our problem!
We roll out the red carpet, not the red tape
We employ a collective approach to solving any unforeseen problems and to keep all festival and event processes moving forward. Check out the full range of assistance available to event organisers.
Great venues at great prices
Taupo District Council provides a wide range of recreation, sporting and leisure facilities, including swimming pools in Taupo, Turangi and Mangakino.
A forward thinking Taupo District Council commissioned facilities far beyond that which a town of 23,000 could ordinarily expect. This has enabled us to host all nature, size and stature of festivals and events without the congestion and hassle associated with bigger towns.
We’ll accommodate you and yours
Capacity for approximately 20,000 visitors per night in:
- Internationally acclaimed lodges and 5 Star Hotels
- National accommodation chains and resorts
- Self contained Taupo motels and apartments
- Backpacker and Youth Hostels
- Campervans and Holiday Parks
- Rental houses and holiday homes
Whatever your accommodation needs we have options for you from boutique to backpacker! Check out our full range of Great Lake Taupo accommodation.
Entertainment beyond your event
Great Lake Taupo is a mecca to entertain and excite, with activities for all ages and abilities from mild to wild!
CALLING ALL ADRENALINE JUNKIES
Taupo bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, white water rafting, mountain biking and more!
CHOOSE YOUR GOLF COURSE
Internationally renowned Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary, Jack Nicklaus designed Kinloch Club, or the seven other courses within the wider region!
SWIM, SOAK AND PAMPER
Multi purpose swimming and entertainment complex, relaxing and rejuvenating Mineral Thermal Pools and numerous Health, Sport and Beauty Spas.
AN ALL WEATHER CHILDREN'S PARADISE
From puzzles, to mini golf, prawn farm to hydroslides, climbing wall to skateboard park and biking tracks at all levels, there are plenty of Taupo family activities.
Think Village not Vast. We have boutique shopping – no malls to be seen! Taupo town centre streets and lanes are populated by an eclectic mix of stores and cafés offering hours of entertainment and enjoyment.
FISHING, HIKING, BIKING AND....
skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, wake boarding, paragliding and so much more!
FOOD AND BEVERAGE<
Breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners! The options range from cafés, bars and restaurants to gourmet stores for putting together your own lakeside picnic basket. Taupo food venues have got something for everyone!
Here’s more ideas for things to do in Great Lake Taupo.
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Organising an event in the Great Lake Taupo region? Get it listed on our site now!
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.- Steve Giles, District Events Manager, Taupo District Council