A Council in tune with the needs of the community, providing direction, leadership & support.
Services and Facilities include: Taupo Events Centre, AC Baths, Cemeteries, Civil Defence, Parks & Reserves, Regulatory Services, Resource Planning, Great Lake Centre, Libraries, Visitor Information Centres, Waste Management, Water Supplies.
Services include - Building Warrants of Fitness, Air Pollution Control, Building Compliance, Building Inspection Services, Business Opportunities, Business Advisory Service and Civil Defence Organisation.
Welcome to the Turangi - Tongariro region. Four hours drive from either Auckland or Wellington and only 40 minutes from Taupo, the Turangi " Tongariro region is the natural centre of the North Island, world renowned as ~The Trout Fishing Capital of the World(TM), and covers an area of 2273 sq. kilo meters.
Built on the banks of the wonderful Tongariro River, Turangi and it(TM)s surrounding countryside offers challenging hunting, fishing, mountain biking, hiking or leisurely bush walks, white water rafting, kayaking, sight seeing and much more.
Turangi is the ideal base for excursions into the Tongariro National Park, Kaimanawa Forest Park, Pureroa Forest Park as well as being only a 40 minute drive to the Whakapapa ski area on Mt Ruapehu.
Several small picturesque settlements are close by. Kuratau, Omori, Pukawa and Whareroa are lakeside settlements a short drive off the Western Bays Highway, while other delightfully situated villages from Motuoapa to Hatepe are passed on State Highway 1 driving north from Turangi to Taupo. Well worth a visit is historic Tokaanu with it(TM)s thermal activity pools and power station.
The aquatic centre features a new six metre learners' pool and a 1.8 metre deep activity pool. The existing 25 metre pool and toddlers' pool have been heated along with improved spectator seating, new plant and changing rooms, additional storage and an upgraded entrance area. An iconic concrete turtle, for which the original pools were named, will remain a feature of the new facility.
Genesis sponsorship will help offset annual maintenance costs reducing the financial burden on ratepayers. The project also attracted a $250,000 grant from BayTrust.
Meanwhile renovations to the Turangi library are due to be completed early next month (April 2008). The upgrade provides expanded recreation and reading areas and improved research and technology facilities.
For more information phone 07 376 7017 or visit www.taupo.govt.nz