Located in the centre of the North Island, the greater Taupō region (including Tūrangi) has a growing population (currently at 41,000) and economy, supported by its easily accessible location, natural environment, major events industry, proximity to the North Island’s ski fields, geothermal energy, water and forestry resources, adventure tourism, world class trout fishing and mountain biking.

While traditionally known for its geothermal energy generation and forestry operations, Taupō is now home to a diverse mix of businesses from a wide range of sectors, including health and wellbeing, specialised manufacturing and boutique food production. It has created a supportive business development environment, driving innovation and the incubation of new sectors and services, including creative industries.

And while geothermal energy remains at the core of its economy, increasing opportunities are presenting around wider process heat and direct use, with everything from dairy product processing, to the heating of greenhouses and craft beer production making the most of the resources that are available.

Taupō is home to one of Crown research institute GNS Science’s most active regional operations, while the region also has a recognised position as the country’s geothermal centre of excellence.

The region has a firm commitment to low carbon, underpinning its future development.

For further information about opportunities in Taupō contact Amplify, the district’s Economic Development Agency.

Key contacts:

Rick Keehan
Chief Executive
(021) 132 1475