Rupheau/Whakapapa is 45 mins drive away to Ski or walk the Tongariro Trail
Taupo (supermarket, movies etc) is 20 mins drive
Airport is 15 minutes drive
Hatepe is a well established village with three generations of families returning. Cars can only drive at 40kms so its ideal for riding bikes and walking dogs and relaxing in the peace and quiet.
The area is famous for its trout fishing, both rivers & lakes