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.
The Kuratau River flows into Lake Taupo on the western side of the lake. Its headwaters are in the Pureora Forest Park and it flows into Lake Kuratau before continuing for five kilometres into Lake Taupo not far from the settlement of Kuratau.
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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|Kuratau Power Station Sign
Lake Kuratau is a place that not so many people, even Taupo locals have heard of. It’s back inland from the settlement of Kuratua and it is the head waters for the Kuratau Dam and Kuratau Power Station which are operated by King Country Energy.
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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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The population of Taupo has been growing quickly over the last few years as the local economy has improved and Taupo’s facilities have grown in number.
The population of Taupo depends on whether you are talking about the township or whether you were talking about the district.
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