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Lake Taupo weekend: 2~Hello Hatepe

Hatepe is normally somewhere you race (er, drive) past on your way north or south, being one of a few small settlements along the eastern shore of Lake Taupo. Today though we would be turning off into Hatepe for the first time. Somewhere waiting for us was our holiday bach for the next three nights.

Hatepe sign

Hatepe is a Maori word meaning wiped out or destroyed and refers to some vicious inter-tribe battles a long time ago now. The settlement as it is today was established in 1937 with the main subdivision activity in the 1950s. The land is owned and administered by a Maori incorporation, the majority of residents being leaseholders. About 100 properties are on long-term leases.

First impressions: tranquil and picturesque, with houses of tucked away on sections amongst bush. We saw few other people during our stay and 99% of those were down by the lake.

If the general vibe we had of the place is anything to go by, the ownership arrangement here overall works well.

Yes we would probably be just fine here

Yes we would probably be just fine here

We found Kowhai Cottage and instantly bonded with it. Helped by the superb blue sky day, it felt like we were being treated to a slice of Kiwiana – the archetypal ‘summertime at the bach’ experience. And this wasn’t a rustic bare-bones affair, we would be well comfy here.

Garden seat

Getting in - fine. Getting out - where's a hoist when you need one?

Getting in – fine. Getting out – where’s a hoist when you need one?

swing

Antlers on a woodpile

This area is big for trout fishing

This area is big for trout fishing

Boys were chomping at the bit to go for a swim and a kayak, and there would be plenty of that happening over the next wee while.

Distance to the lake? 150m. Pretty do-able. Footwear: optional.

Hatepe lakeside

Further along the beach was a couple with the exact right idea

Further along the beach was a couple with the exact right idea

Or maybe this is more your thing

Or maybe this is more your thing

The next day I scoped out a bit more of the neighbourhood.

A tiny environmental message on the footpath

A tiny environmental message on the footpath

A couple of blokes trout fishing in the mouth of the Hinemaia River

A couple of blokes trout fishing in the mouth of the Hinemaia River

Hatepe

One thing was abundantly clear, you simply cannot avoid relaxing in Hatepe.

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9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lake Taupo seems to be very beautiful. I enjoyed Your photos, all of them, but most of all lake (water) photos.

    8 June 2013
    • Thank you very much – though you might be quite tired of the lake by the time I finish this series!

      9 June 2013
  2. Wow, such lovely pix of NZ… I now have a bigger YEN to go see it for myself!

    8 June 2013
    • Thank you Amit. There is plenty here that you would just love. 🙂

      9 June 2013
  3. The lake is beautiful — great photos, Hayey! And great escape. Did you have a fish fry?

    10 June 2013
    • We didn’t actually go fishing! Fish fry isn’t a term I’m familiar with (though one could well imagine) so I gave it a quick google 🙂

      10 June 2013
  4. I love your hammock

    11 June 2013
    • A convenient design that removes the hassle of finding two trees

      11 June 2013
  5. Beautiful place for a weekend getaway!

    21 June 2013

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