Holidays in Taupo Museum and Art Gallery

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Lake Taupo Museum and Art Gallery showing art and indigenous culture

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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Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
3.5 out of 5
76-80 Lake Terrace, Taupo
The price is AU$111 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Situated on a lake, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Taupo and Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp. Taupo Bungy and Taupo Hot Springs are also within 3 mi (5 ...
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"Very clean and spacious, more than we expected. Receptionist Very welcoming and helpful."

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Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre
Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre
4 out of 5
14 Northcroft Street, Taupo
The price is AU$186 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lake Taupo, Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, and Taupo Marina and Boat ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (746 reviews)
"Close to city, quiet room away from the main street. I've stayed here before and the rooms were as good as last time. The bed was one of the most comfortable I have slept in!"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2021

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Le Chalet Suisse Motel Apartments
Le Chalet Suisse Motel Apartments
4 out of 5
3 Titiraupenga Street, Taupo, Waikato
The price is AU$153 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in the heart of Taupo, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Taupo and Taupo i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. Taupo Marina and Boat Ramp and ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (351 reviews)
"Super friendly staff, rooms where tidy and great location"

Reviewed on 1 Nov. 2021

Le Chalet Suisse Motel Apartments
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Lakefront Lodge Taupo
Lakefront Lodge Taupo
3 out of 5
100 Lake Terrace, Taupo
The price is AU$88 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Lakefront Lodge Taupo
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
3.5 out of 5
76-80 Lake Terrace, Taupo
The price is AU$111 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
Twin Peaks Lakeside Inn
Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre
Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre
4 out of 5
14 Northcroft Street, Taupo
The price is AU$186 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre
Le Chalet Suisse Motel Apartments
Le Chalet Suisse Motel Apartments
4 out of 5
3 Titiraupenga Street, Taupo, Waikato
The price is AU$153 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Le Chalet Suisse Motel Apartments
Hilton Lake Taupo
Hilton Lake Taupo
5 out of 5
80-100 Napier Road, Taupo
The price is AU$205 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Hilton Lake Taupo
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
The price is AU$148 per night from 11 Dec. to 11 Dec.
Quest Taupo Serviced Apartments
Silver Fern Lodge
Silver Fern Lodge
2.5 out of 5
118 Tamamutu Street, Taupo
The price is AU$99 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Silver Fern Lodge
Based by the Lake
Based by the Lake
2 out of 5
7 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo, North Island
The price is AU$96 per night from 8 Dec. to 8 Dec.
Based by the Lake
Bella Vista Motel Taupo
Bella Vista Motel Taupo
4 out of 5
145 Heu Heu Street, Taupo
The price is AU$109 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
Bella Vista Motel Taupo
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