Marotiri is an area between Mokai and Tihoi which extents to the shores of Lake Taupo. It is 34 km from Taupo and about 24-25 minutes to drive to from Taupo Central via Poihipi Road.

Marotiri School is a primary school for students from years 0-8 which caters for the children from farming families in the surrounding areas. It’s located on State Highway 32 (also known as Tihoi Road).

Marotiri is not a settlement or village as such and there are no stores or non-farming houses there.

The only accommodation in Marotiri is back on Poihipi Road at its intersection with State Highway 32 (also known as Tihoi Road). South Claragh Country Accommodation is a bed & breakfast place in an attractive large farming home on the corner.


Kinloch is a settlement 20km to the north west of Taupo on the edges of Whangamata Bay. According to the 2006 Census it had a population of 2,001 people. It’s part of the Taupo District which is part of the Environment Waikato Region. It is one of four settlements in the Taupo District the others being Mangakino, Turangi and Taupo.

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Taupo Winter Festival 2017

The Taupo Winter Festival is four day annual event which showcases many kinds of arts from the 13th to the 16th of July 2017. This is during the July School Holidays and is put on by the One Taupo Trust.

There are lots of free activities for families as well as paid performances and exhibitions. Most of the activities in the festival are held either in the Great Lake Centre or on the Taupo Domain.

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