Art & culture

Taupō has a vibrant arts culture bred by its relaxed pace of life, which draws many creatives and artisans to the region. From traditional Maori carving and weaving to contemporary painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass-blowing, wood-carving and street art, there’s a wealth of beautiful work to see (and even take home).

Taupō town centre has several art galleries and a small museum that host changing exhibitions. The popular annual Taupō Art Trail on Queen’s Birthday weekend goes inside local artists’ own studios to show their process up close.

In spring, the Graffiato: Taupō Street Art Festival is a high-energy celebration, bringing local and international artists to add to Taupō’s surprising and diverse collection of public murals.

The Lava Glass Sculpture Garden is a must visit for art fans. Featuring more than 600 handcrafted glass sculptures and is the only garden of this kind in New Zealand.

Like many resort towns, Taupō hosts boutique film festivals, local and travelling theatre shows and outdoor music events, including the annual Taupō Summer Concert, featuring international artists.

Art & culture

Art & culture events

The Taupō region is rich in artistic and cultural events including art exhibitions, gallery showcases and cultural performance. 

Music

Music events 

Taupō Moana - the great inland sea 

Graffiato: Taupō Street Art 

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  • Gifts & souvenirs

    3 Art Gallery

    The 3 Art Gallery brings together the work of three local Taupo artisans using native and exotic wood and naturally coloured sand from around New Zealand. Purchase unique New Zealand art work, view artists at work or join a workshop and create your own piece of art.

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    Taupō Museum and Ora - Garden of Wellbeing

    'Sharing Taupō Stories with the World' is the motto of this vibrant district museum which contains an array of exhibits with everything from Māori treasures, a Kiwiana caravan and art galleries.

    $3 - $5
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    Red Rock Gallery

    We make art readily available to people by allowing them to get close to artworks, helping them to see the colours and forms that can not always be appreciated in a photo or online.

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    Taupō Art Gallery

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

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    Scrapbook Cottage

    Your only scrapbooking and card making store based in Taupo.

  • Cafes

    L'Arte Cafe & Gallery

    Voted Lonely Planet's No 1 café pick for the Central North Island and one of the top 10 places to visit in New Zealand.

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    Zea You Gallery

    ZeaYou Gallery is a vibrant and diverse space in Taupō's town centre.

  • Art & art galleries

    Pihanga Art Gallery

    Showcasing and selling paintings, ceramics, sculpture, fibre art, jewelry, Harakeke flax art and woodturning created by a group of artists living in the Turangi Tongariro area.

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    New Zealand Maori Creations

    Carvings, as preserved by Maori. Delani is a master carver, with pieces on display in a number of places.

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    Wildwood Gallery

    Our gallery displays fine art woodturning, sculpture and paintings by husband and wife team, Robbie and Sue Graham, plus quirky pottery and more.