Oruanui is 13.9 km from Taupo along Poihipi Road. It takes about 10-11 minutes to drive there from Taupo Central.
Oruanui is a farming area but in recent times has become heavily occupied by lifestyle blocks. There are also a few businesses which operate from the area.
The large Te Mihi Power Station is on the south side of Oruanui.
The Oruanui eruption is the area’s claim to fame and this event occurred over 25,000 years ago. Oruanui is part of the massive Taupo Volcano and created vast amounts of volcanic material.
Oruanui connects to State Highway One from both Link Road and Oruanui Road.
There are a few accommodation options in Oruanui. They include Taupo Farm Lodge which is a cottage style holiday home. Minarapa Lodge is a country style bed & breakfast place. Bellbird Ridge Alpaca Farm is a farmstay.
Mokai is an old sawmilling town 26.7 km north west of Taupo Central. Its takes about 20 minutes to drive there via Poihipi Road. You can also travel to Mokai via Poihipi, Oruanui and Forest Roads.
In recent times Mokai has found new commercial life as the centre of the Tuaropaki Trust’s activities in farming, electricity production and green house growing.
Mokai has the Miraka Dairy Factory, a marae and a Country Kidz school.
There are some wonderful old native timber buildings in Mokai left over from its sawmilling days.
The Mokai Power Station is owned by Tuaropaki Power Company and operated by Mercury Energy. The plant currently has a capacity of 110 MW after being upgraded twice in the past.
The only accommodation in Mokai is back up on Poihipi Road at its intersection with State Highway 32 (also known as Tihoi Road). So it is some distance from Mokai. South Claragh Country Accommodation is a bed & breakfast place in an attractive large farming home on the corner.
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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