Taupo Museum

Taupo Museum information

adult/child $5/free
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With an excellent Māori gallery and quirky displays, which include a 1960s caravan set up as if the occupants have just popped down to the lake, this little museum makes an interesting rainy-day diversion. The centrepiece is an elaborately carved Māori meeting house, Te Aroha o Rongoheikume. Historical displays cover local industries, a mock-up of a 19th-century shop and a moa skeleton, and there's also a gallery devoted to local and visiting exhibitions. Don't miss the rose garden alongside.

Set up in a courtyard, the 'Ora Garden of Wellbeing' is a recreation of NZ’s gold-medal-winning entry into the 2004 Chelsea Flower Show.