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Taupo, Turangi & Tongariro Arts & Culture

Taupo culture, art, museums and heritage

 Waka on Lake Taupo -  Lake Taupo Maori culture 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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Tongariro National Trout Centre :: click here for more information

Fun and educational for the whole family.

Situated beside the famous Tongariro River, you can see and feed wild Trout in their natural environment. Our Visitor Centre is the home...

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Lava Glass Sculpture Garden :: click here for more information

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...

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165 State Highway 5, RD 1, Wairakei 3377

pureORA walks :: click here for more information

With pureORAwalks you can taste, touch, hear and smell the natural beauty of Aotearoa New Zealand the way it has been for thousands of years.

pureORAwalks offers half-day Nature-Culture Walks. Choose...

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PO Box 2036, Taupo

$75.00 - $1000.00 (NZD)
Taupo Museum & Ora Garden of Wellbeing :: click here for more information

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...

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Story Place, Taupo

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Kura Gallery :: click here for more information

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...

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47 a Heuheu St, Taupo

Art Connection Art Trail :: click here for more information

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...

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Taupo Museum, Story Place, Taupo

Wairakei Terraces :: click here for more information

8 years on and Wairakei terraces continue to offer a unique look back in time; undoubtedly the crowning jewel in this mystical place these silica terraces are magnificent, stunning, amazing...

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Wairakei Road, State Highway 1, Wairakei, Taupo

$18.00 - $95.00 (NZD)
L'Arte Mosaic Cafe & Sculpture Garden :: click here for more information

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....

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255 Mapara Rd, Acacia Bay, Taupo

Taupo Art Gallery :: click here for more information

...if a picture paints a thousand words then I hope that my paintings reflect a little of me and my love of New Zealands wonderful scenery and often, tranquil moods.


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5 Heu Heu Street, Taupo

$1500.00 - $5000.00 (NZD)
ZeaYou Gallery :: click here for more information

ZeaYou Gallery is a vibrant and diverse space specialising in contemporary New Zealand art, showcasing paintings, limited edition prints, cast and blown glass, bronze, sculpture and jewellery.

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cnr Heuheu & Ruapehua Streets, Taupo

$10.00 - $20000.00 (NZD)
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