Taupo District Council says it has no plans to force the closure of Waihi village at the southern end of Lake Taupo because of the ongoing risk of a landslide.
A state of emergency has been lifted allowing residents to return home on Friday: they left the village on Monday.
Civil Defence controller Shamus Howard says much of the village would be safe as it would be out of the path of a landslide.
He says the council has not considered closing the village for good.
Monitoring will continue above the village.