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In 90 seconds, Taupo fisherwoman and adventurer Libby O’Brien can cycle from her house to the lakefront. From there, it’s a 15-minute ride to her senior role at the Department of Conservation office. Within half an hour, she can pedal to her favourite mineral hot pools to soak away aches after an active weekend of fly fishing, boating, skiing and – more often than not - falling off her mountain bike.More info
For Steve Manunui, noticing trivialities may be a matter of life and death. Minor details count while working on the side of a mountain, where a little too much wind, the wrong clothing or a moment’s inattention can have dire consequences.More info
Don’t be fooled by the contemporary ‘shipping container chic’ that seems to set Taupo’s Baked With Love premises apart. That sleek industrial façade disguises the soul of an old-fashioned farmhouse kitchen, where founder Kim Forsythe's tempting dishes and decadent special occasion cakes are scattered with violas, cornflowers and edible petals from her home garden.More info
Glass artist Lynden Over’s award-winning style is distinctive and striking. Working in front of a roaring furnace, he twists and blends molten canes of coloured glass together in a painterly way, swirling and stippling the colour in layers to create dramatic, weighty glass vessels that are sought-after by collectors around the world.More info