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
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Situated beside the famous Tongariro River, you can see and feed wild Trout in their natural environment. Our Visitor Centre is the home...
The latest attraction in Taupo is the spectacular new Lava Glass Sculpture Garden.
Inspired by a recent trip to Seattle, the world centre of art glass, master glass blower, Lynden Over...
165 State Highway 5, RD 1, Wairakei 3377
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
Contemporary New Zealand art created by New Zealand artists is the focus at Kura (which means 'treasure' in Maori). Nestled among other galleries and cafes in the CBD, this unique...View Website
47 a Heuheu St, Taupo
Art Connection Art Trail showcases a vibrant collection of Taupo district artists at their studio or gallery, inviting visitors to come and see their work. Spend a whole day on...View Website
Taupo Museum, Story Place, Taupo
L'Arte is a unique mosaic cafe surrounded by an awesome mosaic garden oasis. Without a doubt a cafe with a unique mosaic twist! Open Wednesday to Sunday 9am - 4pm....View Website
255 Mapara Rd, Acacia Bay, Taupo