lake taupō

Lakes | Mountains
Taupō region’s wild alpine terrain, ancient volcanic landscapes and crystal-clear lakes and rivers make for a spectacular place to film.
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amazing water & geothermal scenes

Initial contact can be made through Te Kotahitanga o Ngati Tūwharetoa, who will contact the affected hapū directly.

Te Kotahitanga o Ngāti Tūwharetoa:

Please note it can take anywhere up to 60 days for iwi consultation, so we advise you to make this your priority.

There is the most helpful page which gives you a link to the app which will point you in the direction of who you need to talk to per your Drone flight path. You can use that to find the relevant people to get in contact with: Taupō Disctrict Council. 

If your event operates on or near Lake Taupō or the Waikato River above the Huka Falls you will need to obtain approval from Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board and/or the Harbourmaster.

huka falls

220,000 litres of water per second barreling over 11 meter high waterfall.

geothermal wonders

Orakei Korako ‘The Place of Adorning’ Accessible by a short ferry trip across Lake Ohakuri, features geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools.

permit details

Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Information, Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Application, Taupō Harbour Master, Taupō Airport Authority

location & distance

One of the great things about filming in the Bay of Plenty is the close proximity to New Zealand cities and rural townships.  Even when you are enjoying our spectacular rural filming locations you still have access to major infrastructure and amenities nearby.

Auckland CBD

272 Kilometres | 3 Hours, 14 Minutes

Tauranga CBD

80 Kilometres | 57 Minutes

Rotorua CBD

80 Kilometres | 57 Minutes

Whakatane CBD

168 Kilometres | 2 Hours, 3 Minutes

Taupo CBD