Taupo News #28 – Week Ending 4th February 2018



Taupo rental market tight, but ex-Airbnb homes joining market might offer hope
The Taupō rental shortage is made harder by first-home-buyers purchasing homes that might have, previously, been on the rental market, says Emma Nichol, general … Emma Roberts from Harcourts Rentals Taupo says out-of-towners are cashing up in Auckland and other regions and moving to Taupo.

Taupo rental market tight, but ex-Airbnb homes joining market might offer hope
Taupo rental market tight, but ex-Airbnb homes joining market might offer hope … Exhausted Airbnb operators leaving the short-stay market are giving Taupō rental-seekers some respite. However … Most Taupo rentals spend less than a week on the market, Leanne Hall from The Property Store says.

Bright screen lights up Taupo neighbourhood
The rules permitting a huge advertising sign has Taupō residents worried the town may “end up like Las Vegas”. The 42-square-metre LED screen sits atop a commercial building and faces south towards the lake. Gillies Ave resident Mike Keys says the screen is so bright, it lights up his lounge at night.

New festival at Wairakei Resort organised to replaced Wanderlust Taupo
Wanderlust Taupō was cancelled in late January after the Australasian event organisers went bust. The 2018 festival would have been the fourth Wanderlust at Wairakei Resort, run under license from Wanderlust USA. Wanderlust USA pledged to cover the cost of ticket refunds – even though it had no …

Rolleston mum takes on Lake Taupo
As she walked into the calm, warm waters of Lake Taupo in the pitch black, glow sticks illuminating a boat beside her, Hannah Drury knew months of hard work and dedication were about to pay off. It was 5.30am and the Rolleston mum of two was aiming to become one of a select few New Zealanders …

Motorsport: Correa grabs Toyota Racing Series win in Taupo
American Juan Manuel Correa has taken the chequered flag in the first Toyota Racing Series race at Taupo Motorsport Park on Saturday while the championship protagonists finished line of stern. Correa got a lightning-fast start from pole that might come under post-race scrutiny and drove away from …

Russian teen Robert Shwartzman on top in Taupo
Russian teen Robert Shwartzman on top in Taupo … Robert Shwartzman became the fourth different feature race winner in four weekends of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series, when he led from start to finish to win the Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy race at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo on …

Seconds from disaster: Terrifying near-miss on Napier-Taupo road caught on camera
A motorist has captured the terrifying moment an overtaking car nearly causes a head-on crash on the Napier-Taupō road. The footage, captured on Friday, shows a Holden crossing the yellow line into the path of oncoming traffic, forcing other cars to swerve out of the way. The footage was uploaded to …

Plea to protect rescue boxes donated for Taupo Bay
Surf Life Saving NZ had not entirely liked the idea of rescue tubes being available to all, seeing the potential for a would-be rescuer to drown, but what Taupo Bay was doing was “better than what happened at Cable bay,” where a father died while trying to rescue his children. A polystyrene flotation …

LoveLake Festival comes to Taupo
LoveLake Festival 2018 brings a weekend of yoga, meditation, mindfulness, music and aroha to Taupo’s Wairakei Resort. A humble, fresh offering to the New Zealand yoga/mindfulness community, the four day LoveLake Festival promises a low cost and accessible program of classes and music from the …





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