Taupo, Turangi & Tongariro Arts & Culture
Taupo culture, art, museums and heritage
Lake Taupo history and heritage is built around the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) and the early European settlement of missionaries and the armed constabulary. Taupo history is one of the earliest traditions and legends with many stories dating from pre-European times.
The Taupo region is rich in local Maori history, who have inherited from their ancestors the stories and whakapapa of the Ngatoroirangi and Ngati Tuwharetoa. Come and explore authentic Maori hosting, activities, the iconic kapa haka (dance) and hangi (traditional Maori feast served from an earth oven).
Taupo is a small town buzzing with life, culture and a strong arts community. Enjoy the diversity of the many Taupo art galleries, museums and crafters and experience entertaining evenings with unique food, amazing wine and great music.
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Arts, Cultural and Heritage
Taupo Museum is home to a blend of heritage and culture; from yesterday’s historic treasures to today’s contemporary art. Situated in the heart of Taupo, our museum and art gallery...View Website
We offer a large range of Kiwiana Memorabilia to purchase online. Including Gift Baskets, Toys, Greenstone, T-shirts, Maori Dolls and Skin Care products such as Lanolin, Kiwifruit and Manuka Honey....View Website
7 Starlight Arcade, Taupo
Sue’s vibrant watercolour paintings are inspired by the natural beauty of N Z scenery, flora, fauna and still life.
Robbie’s original woodturning uses a variety of native and exotic woods. He...
141 SH 1, Waitahanui, Taupo
Welcome to the Whirinaki Rainforest, Te Urewera, central North Island, Aotearoa New Zealand.
The rainforests of the world are nature’s pinnacle of achievement, matched only by their importance as the...
Whirinaki Forest Park, Bay of Plenty