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Taupo
Location
Country: New Zealand
Island: North Island
Latitude & Longitude: 38°41′24″S, 176°4′48″E
Extent Nukuhau to Waipahihi
Statistics
Population: {{{census}}} (2001 Census)
Area:
Administration
Territorial Authority: Taupo District Council
Mayor: Clayton Stent
Regional Council: Environment Waikato
Parliamentary electorate: Taupo
District
Name: Taupo District
Population: 34,100 (2006 Census)
Extent: Mangakino to Mount Ngauruhoe; east to the headwaters of the Rangitaiki River
Area: 6,970 km2
Main towns and settlements: Taupo, Turangi, Mangakino

Taupo (Māori pronunciation - IPA: taupo:) is a small urban area in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the seat of the Taupo District Council and lies in the Waikato Region. Image File history File links Location map of Taupo, New Zealand File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... North Island The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... Latitude, usually denoted symbolically by the Greek letter phi, , gives the location of a place on Earth north or south of the equator. ... Longitude, sometimes denoted by the Greek letter λ (lambda),[1][2] describes the location of a place on Earth east or west of a north-south line called the Prime Meridian. ... The New Zealand government Department Statistics New Zealand conducts a census of population and dwellings every five years. ... Territorial authorities is the formal term for the second tier of local government in New Zealand, below regional councils. ... Taupo is a large urban area in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. ... The Mayor of Taupo is the head of the municipal government of Taupo, New Zealand, and presides over the Taupo District Council. ... Region is the formal term for the top tier of local government in New Zealand. ... Waikato is the name of a region in the North Island of New Zealand. ... In New Zealand, an electorate is a voting district for Parliamentary elections. ... Taupo is a New Zealand electorate, in the Central North Island, which includes the places of: Acacia Bay; Arapuni; Hikumutu; Kaitieke; Kakahi; Kinloch; Kuratau; Lichfield; Mangakino; Marotiri; Mihi; National Park; Ngakonui; Ngapuke; Ohakune; Okoroire; Omori; Orautoha; Owhango; Puketurua; Putaruru; Raetihi; Rangitaiki; Taupo; Tihoi; Tirohanga; Tokaanu; Tokoroa; Turangi; Wairakei; Waitahanui; Waotu... The Taupo District covers 6,350 km2 of land, as well as a further 610 km2 of lake area, both in Lake Taupo, the countrys largest lake, and also in the smaller Lake Rotoaira. ... The New Zealand government Department Statistics New Zealand conducts a census of population and dwellings every five years. ... Mangakino is a small town on the banks of the Waikato River in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Mount Ngauruhoe is an active stratovolcano in New Zealand. ... The Rangitaiki River is the longest river in the Bay of Plenty region in New Zealands North Island. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer) (symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... This is a list of towns in New Zealand. ... Turangi is a town on the North Island Volcanic Plateau of New Zealand at the southwest corner of Lake Taupo. ... Mangakino is a small town on the banks of the Waikato River in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_New_Zealand. ... Māori or Te Reo Māori, commonly shortened to Te Reo (literally the language) is an official language of New Zealand. ... Not to be confused with the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... North Island The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... Taupo is a large urban area in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. ... Waikato is the name of a region in the North Island of New Zealand. ...


Taupo has a population of 22,300 (2006 census). Until 1989 Taupo was officially described as a city, but it is now administered by the Taupo District Council, the district including both Taupo itself and the surrounding hinterland. Despite this, it is still occasionally referred to as a city. 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A map showing the major cities and towns of New Zealand. ...


Taupo is located at the north-east corner of Lake Taupo, and functions as a tourist centre, particularly in the summer, as it offers panoramic views over the lake and the volcanic mountains of Tongariro National Park to the south. To capitalise on the large number of visitors, Taupo has seen the development of a number of tourist ventures from sky diving, jet boating, paragliding and other such activities. Lake Taupo is a lake situated in the North Island of New Zealand. ... Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand, located in the central North Island. ...


The name Taupo comes from Māori, the full name is Taupō-nui-a-Tia. Taupō means shoulder cloak, nui big, a of and Tia the name of the discoverer of the lake: literally translated it means "The great cloak of Tia". Māori or Te Reo Māori, commonly shortened to Te Reo (literally the language) is an official language of New Zealand. ... A cloak is a type of loose garment that is worn over indoor clothing and serves the same purpose as an overcoat – it protects the wearer from the cold, rain or wind for example, or it may form part of a fashionable outfit or uniform. ...


It is situated on a stretch of State Highway 1, shared with State Highway 5. The New Zealand State Highway Shield. ...


To the north of the town is the geothermal power station at Wairakei, and hot springs suitable for bathing are located at several places in the vicinity of Taupo. One of New Zealand's most spectacular waterfalls, the Huka Falls is also close to the town on the nascent Waikato River. Earth cutaway from core to exosphere. ... Wairakei is just a few miles south of Taupo, in the central North Island of New Zealand, on the Waikato River. ... Hopetoun Falls near Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia A waterfall is usually a geological formation resulting from water, often in the form of a stream, flowing over an erosion-resistant rock formation that forms a sudden break in elevation. ... The Huka Falls. ... The Waikato River system The Waikato River is the longest river in New Zealand. ...


Taupo services a number of surrounding plantation pine forests, including the largest manmade forest in the world, Kaingaroa Forest, and related industry. A large mill is sited approximated 3km to the north east of the town on Centennial Drive. Taupo has three High Schools Tauhara College and Taupo Nui-a-Tia College and Lake Taupo Christian School. Kaingaroa Forest is the largest forest in the North Island of New Zealand, and the largest plantation in the southern hemisphere. ... Tauhara College is a medium-sized, decile seven school. ...


Taupo is one of the few large centres in New Zealand not linked to the rail network.


Events

Since the mid-1990s Taupo has become increasingly popular as a venue for major sporting events, increasingly of an international nature. The town's compact size, clean environment, central location and supportive council and community have been cited as the reasons for this. Major events in Taupo include:

A1GP (formerly A1 Grand Prix) is an open-wheel auto racing series. ... Swimmers cross the waters of Kailua-Kona Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii in the first leg of the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. ... The International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) is the oldest off road motorcyle event on the FIM Calendar. ... The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is New Zealands largest mass participation cycling event. ...

See also

Taupo Airport (IATA: TUO, ICAO: NZAP) is a small airport 8km to the south of Taupo township on the eastern shores of Lake Taupo, New Zealand. ... Taupo Motorsport Park is a motorsports circuit located in Taupo, New Zealand and is owned and operated by MIT Development Ltd. ... Taupo is a missing link in New Zealand’s railway network. ...

External links

  • The district council's site
  • Destination Lake Taupo
  • Taupo's Wikitravel page
  • Turangi and Lake Taupo Website
  • Taupo Street Map
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Taupo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (292 words)
Taupo is a small urban area in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand.
Taupo is located at the north-east corner of Lake Taupo, and functions as a tourist centre, particularly in the summer, as it offers panoramic views over the Lake and Mountains to the south.
Taupo means shoulder cloak, nui big, a of and Tia the name of the discoverer of the lake: literally translated it means "The great cloak of Tia".
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