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31 Heu Heu Street • TAUPO • Phone 07 377 6022 • www.mcfinteriors.co.nz
Open for Dinner
7 days a week.
Can open for lunch for
28 Tuwharetoa St Taupo
Phone (07) 377 6293
0 Horomatangi Street, Taupo
Ph: 07 378 2529
We welcome teams and
supporters from Wales, Ireland
and South Africa to Taupo.
Come and see our delicious chocolate rugby
balls on sticks and boxed rugby balls. We
also have a great range of chocolates, fudge
and truffl es -- and don't forget our " Naughty
But Nice" ranges.
We only use the very best Belgian Barry
Visit our store at 20 Horomatangi
Street, purchase any goods over $5
value and go into the draw to win the
big chocolate rugby ball, as seen
in this advertisement and
displayed in our window.
The draw will take place on 12th September.
The Taupō region is one of the best places
to be if you love the outdoors. The area is
bounded by the mountain ranges of Tongariro
National Park to the south, Kaimanawa Forest Pa
rk to the east and the Hauhangaroa Range to the
west. This provides huge opportunities for skiers,
trampers, hunters and anglers to enjoy some
pristine and natural New Zealand wilderness.
Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage Area
and contains some of the most stunning volcanic
landscapes to be found anywhere in the world.
It has one of New Zealands so called 'great walks'
in the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which is very
popular with national and international visitors
during the warmer months. Tongariro National
Park also hosts two major ski fields, Whakapapa
and Turoa, which are hugely popular with keen
winter sports people.
At the core of the region is Lake Taupō, a 616
square km sapphire blue lake. Much of Tongariro
National Park, Lake Taupō and its surrounding
tributaries are owned by the local iwi or tribe
Ngati Tuwharetoa. Long standing agreements
between the New Zealand government and
Ngati Tuwharetoa has ensured that the clean,
pure fresh water so prevalent in the Taupō region
can be enjoyed year round by swimmers, boat
enthusiasts and of course trout anglers.
The lake supports large populations of
rainbow and brown trout introduced to the
Taupō district a little over a century ago. The
two species quickly established in a habitat they
found very much to their liking. Early angling
organisations like acclimatisation societies
worked to establish the Taupō fishery and results
from the endeavours of those early pioneers
probably exceeded their wildest dreams. Trout
fishing at Taupō very quickly became hugely
successful with anglers being able to catch trout
that were exceptional by world standards in
accessible and natural surroundings. The Taupō
fishery soon gained an international reputation
which it still holds today. The Taupō fishery is
also a wild fishery from the point of view that it
is completely self sustaining and has been since
There are a huge variety of angling
opportunities at Taupō. From trolling and
spinning on the lake to fly-fishing many of the
30 or so rivers and streams that feed into it, there
is something for everyone. Many of the rivers,
like the famous Tongariro River, are fly fishing
only and the lower reaches are targeted mainly
during the winter and spring when the trout are
undertaking their spawning migration. Most
of the headwaters of these rivers and streams
also hold resident fish and provide superb
wilderness fishing during the summer months.
The region also contains a number of hydro-lakes
which provide excellent angling opportunities
themselves. Lake Otamangakau is probably
the most well known of these and has been
traditionally managed as a 'trophy' fishery, giving
anglers the opportunity to catch very wily but
very large trout during the summer season. A
fishing license is required to catch trout at Taupō
and these are available from a large number of
agents throughout the district.
If people are keen to know more about the
angling history and management of the Taupō
fishery then the Tongariro National Trout Centre
just south of Turangi on State Highway 1 is a
must see. It has a visitor centre hosted by the
TNTC Society, the Genesis Energy Freshwater
Aquarium, which contains most of New Zealand's
indigenous fish species, a working hatchery
and a number of displays. There is a pleasant
walk through native bush around the site where
trout of all ages can be seen in their natural
environment. The site also hosts children's fish
out days during school and public holidays where
kids get an opportunity to catch a trout and have
it smoked ready to eat. Visit the TNTC Society
website www.troutcentre.com for more details.
So come and enjoy the Taupō region, there is
plenty to keep you occupied.
abound in Taupō
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