Taupo Museum and Art Gallery

Lake Taupo Museum and Art Gallery showing art and indigenous culture

Taupo Museum and Art Gallery

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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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Silver Fern Lodge
Silver Fern Lodge
2.5 out of 5
118 Tamamutu Street, Taupo, 3330
The price is NZ$99 per night from 17 May to 18 May
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Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
3.5 out of 5
76-80 Lake Terrace, Taupo, 3330
The price is NZ$112 per night from 30 May to 31 May
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Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2022

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Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo, 3330
The price is NZ$203 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Taupo. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (991 reviews)
"It'll be interesting how this hotel navigates the post Covid-19 world. I'm unsure if they are still going to be able to deliver the same level of service that they previously offered. For example, we had to wait almost 2 hours for our room upon check-in and from what I understand, that was typical ..."

Reviewed on 30 Apr. 2022

Hilton Lake Taupo
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Silver Fern Lodge
Silver Fern Lodge
2.5 out of 5
118 Tamamutu Street, Taupo, 3330
The price is NZ$99 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Silver Fern Lodge
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
3.5 out of 5
76-80 Lake Terrace, Taupo, 3330
The price is NZ$112 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo, 3330
The price is NZ$203 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Hilton Lake Taupo
Based by the Lake
Based by the Lake
2 out of 5
7 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo, North Island, 3330
The price is NZ$100 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Based by the Lake
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
51-61 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo, Waikato, 3330
The price is NZ$149 per night from 16 Jun. to 17 Jun.
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Acacia Lake View Motel
Acacia Lake View Motel
3 out of 5
60-62 Lake Terrace, Taupo, 3330
The price is NZ$144 per night from 15 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Acacia Lake View Motel
Great Lake Motel Taupo
Great Lake Motel Taupo
2.5 out of 5
56 Lake Terrace, 3350 Taupo, New Zealand, Taupo, Waikato, 3330
The price is NZ$159 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Great Lake Motel Taupo
Chevron Motel
Chevron Motel
3 out of 5
102 Tamamutu St, Town Centre, Taupo, Waikato, 3330
The price is NZ$149 per night from 17 May to 18 May
Chevron Motel
Acapulco Motor Inn
Acapulco Motor Inn
4 out of 5
19 Rifle Range Road, Taupo, 3300
The price is NZ$131 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Acapulco Motor Inn
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