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Taupo Region

At the heart of the North Island lies the Great Lake Taupo region, undoubtedly one of the world’s most unique and picturesque areas.This popular tourist destination boasts a lake the size of Singapore and its mountains are famous internationally for being featured as the ominous Mt Doom in the Lord of The Rings trilogy.

Being host to the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, it is no wonder that the Great Lake Taupo region is world-famous for trout fishing. Turangi Tongariro, situated at the southern end of the lake, is known as the ‘Trout Fishing Capital of New Zealand’, a perfect place to base yourself if fly-fishing is your thing. You need a license to fish which can be purchased at the i-SITES or local fishing shops.

You won’t find trout on the menu but most restaurants will be more than happy to prepare and cook them for you. Just ring beforehand to let them know you’ll be bringing in your catch.

The Great Lake Taupo region is proud to produce Taupo Beef, the first locally produced beef that has been given the environmental ‘tick’ from Waikato Regional Council. The endorsement recognises that the beef was produced in a manner that protects the excellent water quality of Lake Taupo. This grass fed, free-range beef is aged for a minimum of four weeks before it is sold at selected restaurants.

Several local restaurants such as the Bantry and Plateau Restaurant have won the "Beef and Lamb Cuisine Award” with many serving wild food dishes on their menus.

The region is a great place for hunting with sika and red deer, wild pigs and goats aplenty in popular hunting areas such as the Kaimanawa Forest Park, Rangataua Forest, Tongariro Forest, Tongariro National Park, Erua Forest, Rangitaiki Conservation Area and Lake Taupo Lakeshore Reserves.Guided hunting tours are great for helping you find that trophy prize.

If you like your coffee, you can be assured that you will get only the best cuppas in the Great Lake Taupo region. Many cafes have won prestigious coffee awards over the recent years including the New Zealand Coffee, Top Barista, Café Magazine Best Café and NZ Coffee Festival & Awards.

For wines, head on down to Taupo’s first boutique premium wine establishment Scenic Cellars, which stocks over 3,000 different wine labels and over 100,000 bottles of rare and fine wines from all over the world. The store was also the second retail premises in the southern hemisphere to install an Enomatic Tasting Machine in a retail store, allowing customers to self-taste domestic and international wines.

Last but not least, the Great Lake Taupo region is home to New Zealand’s largest and only Prawn Farm, Huka Prawn Park, which offers prawn fishing activities for the whole family. Dine alfresco on the banks of the Waikato River at their restaurant and treat yourself to a mouth-watering selection of fresh farmed prawn dishes.

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Usage Ideas

Use the old standby of pumpkin to make  a big pot of soup, and serve with fresh artisan bread.


Follow up with the perfect winter crumble - apples, pears or add some frozen berries. Top with vanilla custard.


Make a warming chicken casserole with sweet winter vegetables

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