Taupō fire near Spa Thermal Hotel

The fire was believed to have started in scrub and had threatened buildings.

The manager of the Spa Thermal Hotel told Te Kāea that if the scrub fire reached the pine trees, the hotel was likely to be affected.

Other buildings are also in threat of being damaged.

There are two helicopters operating monsoon buckets from the Waikato River, and another four fire trucks fighting the blaze.