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
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
The Māori phrase Kai Waho can be translated as outdoor cuisine. It can also describe a master, or teacher, of the ways of the wilderness. For guests at Tamau Pā,...View Website
PO Box 688, Taupo
The historical riverboat Waireka is providing group cruises on the Waikato River. Have a hot swim in the thermal waters of Lake Ohakuri, visit Orakei Korako travelling through the Tutukau...View Website
1197 River Rd, Reporoa
Carving, as preserved by Maori. Delani is a master, with pieces on display in a number of places. For Maori, the carver is looked upon as a preserver of history,...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
Watch glass blowing in action at the unique working studio of Lava Glass. Browse in New Zealand's largest gallery of handmade art glass, which includes the full range of the...View Website
165 SH 5, RD 1, Wairakei