Taupo Times

Ants stop march of time

An ant infestation threw Taupo into a time warp.

When did the ants going marching in? At 10:28 according to the town clock.

Space suit helps child walk

One small step for most of us is a giant leap for Tama Trueman [centre] as he slowly gains the ability to walk, ...

A Russian-made space suit is helping young Tama Trueman to take his first steps.

Taupo rock carvings have come alive

Jeffrey Addison and Whaitaima Te Whare are keen to bring their Maori rock art puppet show to Taupo children.

A Taupo couple have brought 1000-year-old rock carvings to life.

Bike films tonight

Big Bike Film Night: The third annual film festival, showing entertaining, weird, wacky, and wonderful films about ...

The Big Bike Film Festival is back and playing at Starlight Cinema tonight.

Community spirit ignites to remember crash victim

Jeff Rowe, Alana Boekhout, Carol Lamb and many other members of the Taupo community came together to put a new cross in ...

It all started with one post on Facebook and ended with the Taupo community rallying together to help out one family in Christchurch who lost a loved one 10 years ago.

What Taupo Council ticks up on credit

The rise of Visa and Mastercard debit cards allows online purchasing without a credit card.

Taupo District Council credit cards racked up more than $37,000 worth of charges to hotel rooms, and taxis to and from hotels, last year.

Dog fight hits court

Scooby the greyhound cross has been in Taupo pound since May last year as a legal battle to save him continues.

A Taupo man's fight to keep his dog from destruction has gone all the way to the High Court.

Campervan explodes, injuring man

The Fire Service speculates that a gas cylinder caused the explosion.

A man was seriously burned in the explosion on Saturday night.

But is it yoga? video

Thousands of people attended Taupo's Wanderlust Festival this year.

The Wanderlust Festival, held recently in Taupo, brought $4 million into the local economy. But amid the designer leggings and paddle-board practices, a few wonder where the ancient practice of yoga had gone.

Second place for Taupo riders

The Taupo and District Pony Club Showjumping team came second in the 2017 North Island Pony Club Showjumping Championship.

Taupo's showjumping team have a lot to be happy about after riding their way into second place at the North Island Championships.

Casting vote used to rescind Kinloch decision

Bruce Holyoake, grandson of former Prime Minister, Sir Keith Holyoake is leading the charge to prevent council closing ...

Cheers erupted in Taupo District Council chambers as the Deputy Mayor used their casting vote to revoke a decision prohibiting cars to access Kinloch Reserve.

224 divers, 3801 dead catfish

Catfish have no legal status in New Zealand meaning there's no size or take limit.

Catfish are a pest and the aim is to "kill as many as possible" at this DOC-sanctioned event on Lake Taupo.

Big splash at Taupo

Taupo's Ray Wilson gets ready for his first qualifying jump at the NZ Big Bomb Comp.

Wharewaka was the place to be this Waitangi Weekend for the second Big Bomb Comp.

Racing to the death

New Zealander, Ken Smith, may be 75 years old but he still managed to lead a race around Taupo's Bruce McLaren ...

He is 75 years old, stands just 158cm tall and drives a car capable of 280kmh around a race track.

Taupo muso kicks of Summer Concert

Thousands flooded in Taupo's Summer Concert on Saturday eager to be wowed by big name acts Bonnie Tyler, Icehouse and ...

Performing in front of 16,000 people can be nerve racking, especially when your wife and daughter are in the crowd. 

First XV nets big catch

Blake Osborne, with Aaron, who won the Le Pine & Co Average Weight Trout competition with his 1.25 kilo rainbow and ...

Raising money for the Tauhara College First XV's trip to play in South Africa in July, the Taupo Fishing

Wanderlust headliner tells of 35 years teaching yoga

Rod Stryker

The calming exercise is needed more than ever, the veteran teacher says.

Water trucks fight rural blaze

Turangi Volunteer Fire Service station officer Rich Lange.

Orange glow from a raging house fire could be seen kilometres away by firefighters rushing to assist. 

Cyclist fights fear with rear vision camera

The Cycle Cam links with a Smartphone app and streams video at 30 frames per second, with traffic visible 75 metres back.

He was knocked off the road by a vehicle, now cyclist Des Hughes is fighting back.

Truck crash blocks highway

Police are at the site of the crash on State Highway 5, approximately 40km out of Taupo.

A truck has crashed, blocking State Highway 5 about 40km out of Taupo.

90-year-old pilot writes about a career in the air

Pictured in the 1980s, crop-dressing pilot Bruce Aitken used to make one hundred flights a day to fight for his business ...

Bruce Aitken made 100+ flights a day over Taranaki farms

Fire permits no longer issued in Taupo

A large scrub fire broke out near Ohaaki Power Station on Wednesday afternoon.

Four fires in the Taupo District over the past two days have prompted Taupo District Council to temporarily stop issuing fire permits.

Helpless as blaze claims cars

A van ignites in flames, catching fire from the brake fire beneath it.

A truck driver had to watch as his trailer-load of vehicles went up in flames.

Tourists hurt in bus crash at Tongariro

The MoaTrek Small Group Tours bus landed on its side in a stream.

Bus failed to take a turn and crashed through a fence before plunging into stream, trapping one person.

Young dad's pledge to daughter video

The photogenic toddler puts her mark on the scenic views.

"Your life will be full of adventures and I'll be right there holding your hand."

Ice skate tour visits Taupo

The Ice Skate Tour set up its state of the art, artificial and ecological ice rink up in Taupo yesterday morning. It ...

Looking for an 'ice' day out with the whole family this week?

Ex-Steel & Tube boss killed

In 2010, Calavrias became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year honours, for services to ...

Nick Calavrias died after a car hit his bike on the Taupo Expressway.

Bubble soccer bounces into town

Bubble Soccer has bounced into Taupo. Whether you choose to score goals or just bounce your opponent out of the game is ...

A new sport has bounced into town.

They came, they saw, they pooped

Lesley Sharland is horrified to have stumbled upon piles of human waste and toilet paper along a Taupo bike track ...

Disgust as freedom campers leave popular Huka Falls spot littered with human waste.

Deliberate fires lit near Taupo

Taupo Fire crews are dealing with scrub fires and a truck fire.

A deliberately lit fire has the Taupo Police appealing to the community to help catch those responsible.

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