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Lake Taupo Museum and Art Gallery

Browse and purchase fascinating pieces of art and go on an exciting cultural journey at this popular museum and gallery.  

Discover original artworks by local and national artists and learn about Taupo’s history and culture when you explore the Lake Taupo Museum and Art Gallery. Then relax in its geothermal garden surrounded by native flora.

Start your cultural tour in the foyer by studying the Maori meeting house. This impressive wooden structure was carved by Tene Waitere, a renowned Maori carver. Venture further inside the museum to see the tall wooden sculpture of Ruaumoko, the god of volcanoes and earthquakes. The 7.5-foot (2.3-meter) work of art was carved from an ancient kauri tree that had been buried for thousands of years in a peat swamp.

View displays on fishing and living on the water. Hear stories about the timber industry and watch a video about the history of Taupo. Check out the old caravan that is filled with memorabilia from the 1950s and ‘60s. In the Tuwharetoa Gallery, find artifacts that cover the centuries-old history and heritage of the Tuwharetoa, the local Maori tribe.

Browse the temporary exhibitions of original artworks by local and national artists. See painting, fibre arts, weaving and quilting among other media. You can even take an original artwork home with you because many of the pieces are for sale.

One of the most impressive features of the museum is the award-winning Ora Garden of Wellbeing. This is a recreation of a geothermal landscape typical of North Island. Go over to the man-made silica terraces and walk among nearly 1,000 native plants, some of which are endangered. Examine the hand-carved wooden sculptures situated among the ground ferns, shrubs, trees and grasses.

The Lake Taupo Museum and Art Gallery is situated in the center of Taupo on Story Place. It is open every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day. There is an admission charge with a discount for seniors and students. Children get in for free. Periodically, the center hosts cultural performances and lecture series. Visit the museum and art gallery’s website for the calendar of events.


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Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn NZ$126
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn

Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn

76-80 Lake Terrace, Taupo
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on a lake, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Taupo and Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp. Taupo Bungy and Taupo Hot Springs are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Silver Fern Lodge NZ$103
    Silver Fern Lodge

    Silver Fern Lodge

    118 Tamamutu Street, Taupo
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the suburbs, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Taupo, Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp and Taupo Bungy. Taupo Hot Springs and Huka Falls are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Great Lake Motel Taupo NZ$144
      Great Lake Motel Taupo

      Great Lake Motel Taupo

      56 Lake Terrace, 3350 Taupo, New Zealand, Taupo, Waikato
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Taupo, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Lake Taupo. Taupo Hot Springs is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.

        Lake Taupo Motor Inn NZ$165
        Lake Taupo Motor Inn

        Lake Taupo Motor Inn

        33 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the entertainment district, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Lake Taupo. Taupo Hot Springs is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

          Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre NZ$167
          Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre

          Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre

          14 Northcroft Street, Taupo
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Lake Taupo. Taupo Hot Springs is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away.

            Hilton Lake Taupo NZ$210
            Hilton Lake Taupo

            Hilton Lake Taupo

            80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Taupo Hot Springs and Waipahihi Botanical Gardens. Taupo Bungy and Golf Club Taupo are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Chantillys Motor Lodge NZ$150
              Chantillys Motor Lodge

              Chantillys Motor Lodge

              112 Tamamutu Street, Taupo
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Taupo, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Lake Taupo. Taupo Hot Springs is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

                Acapulco Motor Inn NZ$112
                Acapulco Motor Inn

                Acapulco Motor Inn

                19 Rifle Range Road, Taupo
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Taupo, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre and Lake Taupo. Taupo Hot Springs is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.