Start your journey off in Taupo with breakfast at Lava Glass Cafe and Art Gallery. Enjoy a mesmerising performance from the glassblowers in action or take a stroll through the famous sculpture garden filled with vibrant flowers and rainbows.
Take a short 10 minute drive to the Taupo Museum and Art Gallery and immerse yourself in Taupo’s history of how the powerful Oruanui super-eruption created the largest lake in the Southern Hemisphere.
Or go for a stroll into town and look around the spirited and dynamic Zea You Gallery, maybe even purchase a painting or necklace for a loved one or friend.
Before you carry on around the bay, visit the mighty Huka Falls to get a picture with the thunderous rapids and feel the refreshing spray from the gushing water.
From there, head towards Acacia Bay for a coffee fix or lunch break at the highly recommended L’Arte Cafe and Gallery. The unique mosaical wonderland will leave you awe-inspired of the talent and ingenuity of mum and daughter duo: Jo and Judi.
Then take a quick drive and purchase your new favourite coffee mug from the remarkable Tukairangi Gallery. Also known as Ross Palmer Pottery, this creative home base shows off a vast range of pottery and ceramic masterpieces.
Carry on to Kinloch and visit 3 Art Gallery. This eco-friendly gallery makes stunning pieces from scrap wood and sand to uphold their outlook of natural, sustainable, and recycled art. Marvel at exclusive art pieces or get involved with their pre-scheduled art classes.
Ready for a brain break? Stop off for a quick 15 minute walk to Waihora Lagoon at Pureora Forest Park. This rain-fed lake is an easy, flat track that weaves through native trees and bush. Drive a little further and you’ll reach Tokaanu where you can visit the picturesque Historical Wharf or watch the steam rise from bubbling mud on the Tokaanu Thermal Walk.
When in Turangi, Pihanga Art Gallery gives you a taste of it all. From alluring fibre art to cultural harakeke flax art, Pihanga Gallery earns its tourist title as one of the best art galleries of a small town.
Carry on around to Waitahanui and visit Wildwood Gallery, home to husband and wife team: Robbie and Sue. Robbie’s expertise lie in woodturning and sculpture making, where as Sue is all things paint. This collaborative gallery shows off pieces from other local artists and is not to be missed!
End your day with a romantic sunset walk along the Great Lake Walkway or rejuvenate with a soak at Wairakei Terraces. Feeling Hungry? Dine out at Beach 243 and enjoy the lakefront view with a wine in hand, or pick up the best fried chicken in town from Pauly’s Diner on the way home and relax from the comfort of your couch.
An exciting collection of local Taupo artists and prominent New Zealand artists have been secured for the ninth annual Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival.