Lakes DHB increases COVID testing following positve waste water result in Taupō
12/11/2021 3:30:35 p.m.

Friday 12 November

Lakes DHB Lakes DHB is increasing COVID-19 testing hours in Taupō in response to the positive COVID-19 waste water test in Taupō.

Lakes DHB Medical Officer of Health at Toi Te Ora Public Health, Dr Lynne Lane, says it is important that anyone in the Taupō district or who has visited the district in the past week and who has COVID-19 symptoms – no matter how mild – should get tested, and remain isolated until they return a negative test result.

For information on where to get tested and vaccinated in Taupō and Tūrangi see Healthpoint 

“The wastewater result is an indication that there could be a positive COVID-19 case in the community. Getting a COVID-19 swab if you are experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19, is important to help contain further spread of the virus," Dr Lane says. 

“It is also important to follow other health measures including wearing face coverings, using the COVID-19 tracer app, practicing good hand hygiene and social distancing.” 

Dr Lane also stresses the importance of vaccination.
“Getting fully vaccinated is key to protecting yourself and those you love against COVID-19.”

Lakes DHB Chief Executive Nick Saville-Wood says it is becoming more urgent for people to be vaccinated to protect their whānau, whakapapa and community and ensure health services are not overwhelmed.

The Ministry of Health announced today that a waste water sample collected from Taupō on 8 November detected the COVID-19 virus. A further sample was collected on 10 November and is currently being analysed.

A positive wastewater test can sometimes result from an historical case who may continue to shed fragments of the virus for some weeks after their illness – even if they are not infectious.

Anyone in the area, who may have symptoms – no matter how mild – is encouraged to get tested, even if they are vaccinated.

Where to get COVID tested


Covid-19 Testing (Swabbing) Centre
79 Miro Street Taupo
Open daily from 9am – 3pm. 

Tūrangi COVID testing

At the Turangi Community Health Centre carpark – 28 Te Rangitautahanga Road, Turangi
Turangi Saturday 10am – 2pm
Turangi Sunday 11am - 1pm

Where to get vaccinated in Taupō

COVID-19 Immunisation Hub
6/29 Totara Street Taupō open for drop-ins as follows;

Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Saturday 8.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday 8.00am – 4.00pm

Where to get vaccinated in Tūrangi

At the Turangi Community Health Centre carpark – 28 Te Rangitautahanga Road, Turangi
Turangi Saturday 10am – 2pm
Turangi Sunday 11am – 1pm

COVID-19 vaccination is also available over the weekend here:

9am to 1pm Taupō Health Centre, 113 Te Heu Heu St, drop in

9.30am to 2.30pm Countdown Taupō 

10am to 2pm Waitahanui Community Hall, drop-in, spot prizes, kai

Tauhara suburb, Taupō, call Tūwharetoa Health 0800 Whariki

5.30pm to 7.30pm Unichem MainStreet Pharmacy, Tongariro St, book in

Testing and vaccination information is available on Healthpoint 
It is also available on Lakes DHB’s website 
Lakes DHB’ Facebook page has daily updates on where to get tested.

To book an appointment go to or call 0800 28 29 26