From the Falls, it's a short 10-minute drive to the Taupo Museum and Art Gallery. Discover more about the heritage of local iwi Ngati Tuwharetoa, as well as viewing a mighty 15-metre waka crafted from a single totara log. Learn how the powerful Oruanui super-eruption created the largest lake in the Southern Hemisphere. The Museum also hosts changing exhibitions and is home to the award-winning Ora Garden of Wellbeing, a Garden of National Significance.
The museum is a short stroll into Taupo town where you will discover two excellent art galleries - Zea You Gallery and Kura Gallery, both displaying contemporary New Zealand art, jewellery and sculpture.
Pick up a coffee from one of the many great cafes, wander off the main streets into the hidden laneways and discover the rich collection of murals created at the annual Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival. Graffiato's ever-expanding portfolio of over 80 murals includes works from some of New Zealand's most influential street artists bringing transformation, wonder and vibrancy to the town's urban laneways. It's well worth getting off the beaten track to discover!