What Is Te Moe
Even though it had a fiery and explosive beginning, Lake Taupo is beautiful and every day it has it's own moods. It is a special place. From glassy smooth to white capped fury, from bright sun to cloudy day, the lake envokes peace, power, serenity and beauty. The sunrises and sunsets are often awesome and comparable to anything the rest of the world has to offer.
In the summer, swim, go fishing on the lake or in the rivers, laze about in the sun, go walking by the lake, go boating, go sailing, picnic, tramp or hike in the mountains and forest parks, play golf, go shopping, visit all the touristy things - or do nothing.
In the winter, go skiing, go fishing if you're brave, swim in the hot pools, go shopping in Taupo - or do nothing. Curl up with a good book or write a book, drink tea or coffee or sip on a fine wine.
In Maori, the name Te Moe loosely translates as the sleep or the place of sleep or the place of rest. Te Moe is a sanctuary - a place to restore body, mind and soul. Over the years, a great number of people have stopped here and spent time doing just that.
Te Moe is a fully furnished three bedroom (sleeps seven) Lockwood style cottage, built in the early 1960's, with most of what you would find in a normal home - fridge, stove, jug, TV, DVD, washing machine, dryer, BBQ. There is a selection of interior photos here
There is a double garage out the back for you to park your vehicle. In it is a 10' aluminium dingy in the garage - finally has new wheels, axle and tow hitch. There are oars in it, but no outboard motor. Feel free to use your own - manufacturers recommendations are no more than 10 hp. The ramp fees for Lake Taupo boat ramps are not cheap (costs below), but there is an instant $200 fine for the user if caught without a permit.
The Trust is not liable if you get caught without one.
There are 2 old fishing rods is various conditions available (above kitchen cupboards) and fishing licences (costs below) can be purchased from stores and the petrol stations too.
Points of Interest :
Things at Taupo tend to be a little more expensive than other areas. Bring what you need, but there are two service stations and general stores just down the road (Caltex and Challenge) - for the "forgotten" and important things - like the newspapers and milk. There is a New World supermarket at Turangi next to the Shell Service Station.
Challenge Garage at Tauranga-Taupo has a Fish n Chip and Takeaway shop that operates from 5 pm - 8.15 pm. Awesome burgers!
There is an information center in Turangi next to the BP with helpful people who know "what's on" and what to do on your holiday.