Tongariro Domain (Tongariro South Domain and Tongariro North Domain) is a park located between Lake Taupo, the Waikato River and Taupo’s business district.
A large trout sculpture proudly stands on the Tongariro Street and Ferry Street corner of the South Domain. The sculpture was erected in 1999 to replace a previous trout sculpture built in 1985 for the Dawn Walker Trout Fishing Tournament.
The South Domain is excellent park for families with plenty of green lawn space for picnics, sculpture and flower gardens, a children’s playground and an outdoor chess board. One of the main attractions is the Taupo Pakeke & Lakeland Lions Cobb & Co Express, a monorail train that runs through the park. This train began operating in 1993. Tickets are $2.00 per person for 3 circuits.
The North Domain is outdoor green space that is used for outdoor exhibitions and special events, such as the Christmas Carnival and Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.
At the end of the North Domain is the old courthouse building. This building, which was built in 1881, is the oldest surviving wooden building in Taupo. The building was originally used as a theatre and meeting hall. It was later converted into a magistrate’s court. The building is now managed by the Historic Places Trust and currently used as a childcare centre.
Nearby is the sail and viewing platform, which looks out over the Taupo Boat Harbour and Waikato River.
Between the South and North Domain is the Taupo Police Station, Taupo District Court, The Great Lake Centre, Taupo Library and Taupo i-SITE Visitor Centre. The Great Lake Centre is a theatre and exhibition complex that opened in 1992 to replace the Taupo Nui A Tia Memorial Hall, which was built in 1953.
The Taupo i-SITE Visitor Centre is a good place for new visitors to the area. The I-SITE is open every day (except Christmas Day and Anzac morning) from 8.30am until 5.00pm.