Our Locations > Lakes > TaupōLake Taupo

Taupo region’s wild alpine terrain, ancient volcanic landscapes and crystal-clear lakes and rivers make for a spectacular place to film.

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

Te Kotahitanga o Ngati Tuwharetoa: patai@tknt.maori.nz

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.https://www.taupodc.govt.nz/council/news?item=id:25042n5qu17q9sslc4cv
Failing that, these are the main people...
Tuwharetoa Maori Trusthttps://www.tuwharetoa.co.nz/commercial-operations-and-events/https://tuwharetoa.co.nz/app/uploads/TWT-Filming-PhotographyApplication-2019.pdf
Taupo Harbour Masterhttps://www.dia.govt.nz/Lake-Taupo-Contact-Us

Taupo Airport Authorityhttps://taupoairport.co.nz/contact/

If your event operates on or near Lake Taupo or the Waikato River above the Huka Falls you will need to obtain approval from Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board and/or the Harbourmaster

Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board - email info@tuwharetoa.co.nz or phone 07 3765086

Lake Taupo Harbourmaster - email harbourmaster@dia.govt.nz or phone 07 3787176

Key facts

Distance from Auckland


Key features

Lake, Crater, Mountains


Iwi, Council