Taupo Tennis Club

 

Taupo Nui-a-tia Lawn Tennis Club was incorporated in 1924. Taupo Nui-a-tia earned its name when the Great Priest Ngatoroirangi, Chief Tia and their people settled in the Bay of Plenty. Chief Tia set off to explore and when reaching the eastern side of Taupo he noticed a rock formation with a likeness to that of his heavy cloak (or "taupo"). After draping his cloak over a post he proclaimed the area Taupo nui-a-Tia ("the great cloak of Tia").

Eighty years on, the club is now simply known as "Taupo Tennis".

The tennis club itself is situated in the Tongariro Domain, a reserve just metres from the Lake and directly opposite Taupo's Central Business District. The reserve, framed by the three majestic volcanic peaks of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro, is the major site for some of the town's prestigious sporting events.

The club is a non-profit sporting organisation, run by a volunteer committee, and is affiliated to the Waikato-Bays region of Tennis NZ. Throughout the season we cater for all age groups and playing levels with a heavy schedule of club days, championships and open tournaments, business house & singles leagues, and family fun tournaments. Courts are available for hire on a casual basis.   .

 

 

Philosophy

 

To encourage greater interest, participation and enjoyment of tennis as a lifetime experience in sport for all, resulting in tennis becoming the most admired sport locally, regionally and nationally

 

Mission

 

  To provide tennis opportunities and access for the wider Taupo community to participate in tennis at all levels of competition and recreation

 

 To provide opportunities for elite performers to fulfill their potential in tennis

 

To maintain a profile for Taupo Tennis in the regional and national scene through participation in sanctioned & official events.

 

 To provide affordable coaching to players to develop tennis skills at all levels

 

Brief History

 

The Tennis club has a long and rich history in the Taupo District. Being sited originally in the late 1940's and early 50's in Horomatangi St on the present Whitcoulls retail site.

 

In the late 50's the club was relocated to the Tongariro Domain and then re-sited elsewhere on the same Domain in 1994 where it stands today. It has a long and proud connection with the town centre and Tongariro Domain giving the area life and vibrancy.