Taupo is now seen as one of New Zealand’s most progressive and innovative communities. Taupo will most likely be New Zealand’s next city.
Taupo is a centre of volcanic and geothermal activity and hot springs suitable for bathing are located at several places in the vicinity.
Taupo serves a rich rural community, but increasingly its future is tied to tourism. Taupo is able to serve the mountain lovers, the trout lovers the adventure lovers plus the Rotorua market.
Taupo is a young town and there are no ‘old’ buildings that have heritage status, with exception of the now Hilton Hotel.
Taupo also boasts four golf clubs, plenty of shops, cafes and bars. This place has it all.
The small but growing satellite town of Kinloch, where a Jack Nicklaus golf resort is being constructed, is 20 kilometres west along the lake.
To support this level of tourism there is a 3km stretch of road with just motels.
In 2009 a team of Taupo citizens won the TV2 programme Top Town.