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Taupo has a vibrant art and craft culture bred by its relaxed pace of life. From contemporary painting, sculpture, ceramics and glass-blowing to traditional Maori carving and weaving, the area draws creatives and artisans to the region who produce a wealth of gorgeous work.

In the main towns around the Taupo region, there are galleries, gift shops, artist studios, and boutique design stores offering a creative edit of furniture, homewares and handcrafted objects. 

Taupo Museum offers both inventively curated exhibitions and a shop - He Tangata Iti - that sells prints and the 'small treasures' that its name means. 

He Taonga Iti at the Taupo Museum sells unique New Zealand prints and small treasures.

On Queen’s Birthday Weekend every June, the annual Taupo Art Trail takes you inside the studios of local artists, and there are many boutique galleries open year round. 

The studio galleries of award-winning glass artist Lynden Over of Lava Glass and ceramicist Judi Brennan of L'Arte are relaxed places to spend an afternoon browsing the unique and beautiful objects d'art and having a coffee in the garden cafes. 

Dotted around the lake you will discover a diverse range of creatives working from their studio galleries - highlights include 3 Art Gallery in Kinloch, Wildwood Gallery in Waitahanui, Tukairangi Gallery in Acacia Bay and Pihanga Art Gallery in Turangi. Download a copy of the Taupo Art Connection Art Trail Guide for a full list of galleries and studios around the region.

Ceramacist Judi Brennan at L'Arte Cafe & Gallery.

The Taupo Sculpture Trust has commissioned some of New Zealand's most notable sculptors to create impressive artworks for public display around Taupo. Pause for a minute as you’re walking the Taupo town lakefront and take a breather next to Flora Totem or Swell. Or make a day of it and visit all 12 sculptures around Taupo town.

Defining Horizons by Graham Bennett has become an iconic sculpture on the Taupo lakefront.
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    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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    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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    Scrapbook Cottage

    Your only scrapbooking and card making store based in Taupo.

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    Taupo Museum and Ora - Garden of Wellbeing

    'Sharing Taupo 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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    Tukairangi Gallery / Ross Palmer Pottery

    Tukairangi Gallery is the home and studio of master potter Ross Palmer, and his wife Annie. Discover an always-evolving range of beautiful handmade wheel-thrown and dramatic free-form ware, all in signature rich colourful glazes.

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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.

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    Lava Glass Studio, Gallery, and Sculpture Garden

    Lava Glass offers a unique and fascinating window into the world of glassblowing and glass art. The complex comprises a glass art gallery, glassblowing studio, glass sculpture garden and café.

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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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    L'Arte Cafe & Gallery

    Come and escape the hustle and bustle of pavement dining and soak up our relaxed L’Arté atmosphere. A visual and edible feast. You won't be disappointed.

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    ZeaYou Gallery

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

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