Those sorts of events are what enables taupo to have the population base it does though?
Aside from a lake (granted its impressive) theres f**k all else to do in the region aside from hospitality / tourism.
I imagine a lot of business's depend on the temporary overpopulation spurts throughout the year ^_^
I head up for the A1GP every year and its packed to the hilt then too.
The council does well to co-ordinate events, A1GP you never really get stuck in traffic queues for very long at all (even on the sunday after the last A1 race)
/random/ I had to drive an automatic, diesel, estima-van around taupo with three kids in it one year of the cycle race, and it sucked.
Had only just got my full and didn't know my way around as it was, let alone trying to deal with said van + traffic.
Good money though, parents were both doing the cycle race so I went on holiday with them to babysit... loaded me up with heaps of cash to buy them food etc and left us to it
ps - only reason I was doing babysitting for them was because there was three boys... and they made some young girl babysitter cry, was sweet - i just played N64 with them, sent them to bed then carried on playing
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