Taupo, New Zealand
Taupo is a popular resort area on the banks of scenic Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Volcanic mountains, often snow-capped, rise majestically in the background. Lake Taupo is renowned for its rainbow trout fishing. Single and tandem skydiving, Maori cultural shows, bungee jumping, Zorbing, jet boating and various adventure sports are also popular activities.
Taupo is located in the center of New Zealand’s North Island, just four hours’ drive south of Auckland International Airport. Taupo may be reached by car or bus, passing through lush green countryside that features sheep, deer and cattle farms along the way. Daily domestic air flights connect Taupo to Auckland and Wellington.
The Taupo region is known for fly-fishing, hunting and bush walking (hiking). Other places of interest include Huka Falls and Orakei Korako (Hidden Valley) Thermal Park. Small thermal hot pools are included in some motel units and are also available at affordable public pools. The city of Rotorua, renowned for its Maori cultural attractions and thermal sites, is just an hour’s drive north of Taupo.
Volcanic Mount Ruapehu is a two-hour drive south of Lake Taupo. The mountain, an active volcano, is known for its excellent snow skiing. Ruapehu’s ski fields are normally operating during the Feast period.
Taupo offers an excellent range of accommodations, including backpacker hostels, motels, lodges, holiday rental homes and five-star hotels. Prices range from NZ$50 to over $200 per night. Helpful New Zealand accommodation websites are www.aatravel.co.nz, www.jasons.com and www.holidayhomes.co.nz. Live currency exchange rates are available on www.xe.com.
Our Feast weather is normally temperate, with cooler nights and warm sunny days. Visitors should bring warm clothing, as it can be cool in the evenings. We are expecting at least 100 brethren from New Zealand and abroad this year, and we have plenty of space for more visitors.
For more information about the Feast of Tabernacles in New Zealand, contact Jeff Caudle at email@example.com or +6498175496 (Auckland).
Location of Services: Suncourt Hotel and Conference Centre, 14 Northcroft Street, Taupo, New Zealand, Phone +64 7 378 8265 www.suncourt.co.nz.
First Service: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.