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Taupo Museum attractions and things to do

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Taupo museum top attractions

  • An elaborately carved Maori meeting house.
  • Displays of nineteenth century settler lives and industry complete with a 19th century shop displaying typical goods of the period
  • A visitor favourite is the 1960’s caravan with its nostalgic nod to how your grandparents went camping.

Tūwharetoa is the name of the local Maori tribe (Iwi) who have lived in the Taupō area for centuries. Today, the people of Ngāti Tūwharetoa make up close to 30 per cent of the population of the Taupo region.


For rugby fans, schoolchildren who have practiced the haka dance at school or visitors who have listened or witnessed the collective power of a challenge and response the Ka Mate story starts in Taupo district near the historic Opotaka site. … READ MORE Haka origins

Sail boat sailing near the iconic Maori Rock Carving at lake Taupo in the North Island of New Zealand.
Sail boat sailing near the iconic Maori Rock Carving at lake Taupo in the North Island of New Zealand.

For visitors interested in understanding more about Maori culture visit Maori Rock Carvings. Lake Taupo is home to the Maori Rock Carvings, a top visitor attraction. Catch a good look at the Maori rock carvings as they rise magnificently out of the water. There are five ways to get to the Maori Rock Carvings. From a leisurely cruise to your own power on a kayak the Maori Rock Carvings are accessible for all visitors including mobility impaired… read more Maori Rock Carvings.


Displayed at the Taupo Museum is a 15 metre waka (canoe) made from one mighty Totara log.

The museum has the ORA GARDEN OF WELLBEING next door. The garden is a homage to the award winning rose garden display in the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show (England).

The Taupo Museum combined with the specialist National Trout Centre provides visitors with an indepth look at what makes Taupo the holiday place it is today.

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Taupo Museum School Holiday programme

The museum and library host fun, free activities to keep the kids occupied during school breaks. For more information please see the Library and Museum Kids page.

Opening hours, Taupō Museum is open daily from 10am to 4.30pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday). Always check beforehand to avoid disappointment. Taupo Museum admission charges apply.

For more holiday inspiration scroll through Things to do in Taupo – The Ultimate List of Activities – Best Bits and discover the specialist museum collection at the National Trout Centre to Opepe Reserve.


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