Taupo and National Park; New Zealand’s adventure capital
This remarkable region has New Zealand’s largest lake and is well known for its trout fishing and adventure activities which range from, white water rafting, snow skiing, fishing, caving, climbing, 4×4 driving parks, boating, tramping, nature studies, bird watching, thermal resorts, hot pools, jet boating, kayaking just to name a few.
The National Park area is about an hour away from Taupo, is a world heritage park and features Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngaruahoe. Ruapehu is a top class ski field in the winter with the Whakapapa ski area having some 900 hectares of lift-accessed skiable terrain and five on mountain licensed cafes with 30 groomed trails, while Turoa also has 900 hectares, 3 on mountain cafes and 22 groomed trails. The lift network and T-bars are the best in the country.
National Park is not just about skiing however, the more remote parts of the mountain host another of New Zealand’s great walks, and this one is best completed over two days. The walk will take you through fragile virgin alpine flora, past a soda waterfall and the accent of a natural staircase leading up to the spectacular cone of Mt Ngaurahoe, the accent of which can be safely completed by anyone with common sense who has an excellent level of fitness, after climbing Ngaruahoe, it is off to some of the most phenomenal scenery New Zealand has to offer, views to Mt Taranaki, Lake Taupo and in fact a 360 degree panorama unequalled anywhere, the walk continues past emerald and cobalt blue lakes, on mountain volcanic activity to the Ketatahi hut 1800 meters where you can stay the night for $15 and have stunning views. The sheer majestic feeling in this region can only be experienced by visiting it.
Employment and accommodation are possible but difficult and the best way of achieving this is to spend time making the contacts in Taupo.
Vacancies are often found in this region where all major volume brands are represented. Sales roles, Automotive Technicians and occasional management roles are listed with Automotive Employment NZ Ltd.
The Pine logging industry provides opportunities for diesel mechanics both truck and heavy equipment, farming for agricultural mechanics.