L’Arté Café & Gallery is not to be missed when visiting Taupo. Allow yourself time to experience something very unique and special! A trip to L’Arté is a visual and edible feast andunlike anything you have experienced before. The café and gallery are both set in a magical garden complete with an outside mosaic living room. The food and art at L’Arté’s unique destination are both exquisite.
Resident ceramic artist Judi Brennan’s work is evident everywhere and is sold exclusively from L’Arté’s Gallery.
Phone: 07 378 2962
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Lava Glass is a must see creative destination . At Lava Glass you will be mesmerised by the fascinating art of glass blowing by NZ renown glass artist Lynden Over and his team. Browse in the adjoining gallery of art glass and view the spectacular volcanic series. The latest addition is the glass sculpture garden with over 600 glass sculptures set in an acre of grounds, and some of the biggest glass blown in NZ. Finally you can relax in our onsite café.
Phone: 07 374 8400
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Situated in the heart of Story Place, the Taupō Museum has something of interest for everyone. The art galleries feature exhibitions showcasing original art by local and New Zealand artists as well as national touring exhibitions. Browse the galleries and share the unique history, culture and stories of our community. Enjoy the remarkable Ora-Garden of Wellbeing, gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2004 and complete your visit with the perfect New Zealand gift from our museum shop.
Open: 7 days – 10am to 4.30pm.
Adults $5, Senior Citizens and Students $3, Taupo residents free with ID, Children (school age and under) free.
Phone: 07 376 0414
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Troy, Nancy and Chris (Woody) are passionate about nature and the environment which is reflected in their different mediums of sand and wood. Nancy creates landscapes to seascapes, animals to flowers and records people from young to old. All created using 22 shades of naturally coloured NZ sands. Troy loves the bush and finds woodturning creatively challenging, taking gnarly pieces of wood to spectacular finished objects. Chris(Woody) believes that wood is tactile, to be shared by selling finished items from the gallery or teaching students of all ages to make their own treasure.
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 4pm or by arrangement
Phone: 07 378 7703
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Pihanga Art Gallery is located in the Turangi Town Centre. The Gallery is run by the Pihanga Art Co-operative, a group of passionate and accomplished artists all of whom live in the Turangi/Tongariro area. Pihanga Art Gallery showcases a wide range of beautiful art – paintings, pottery, jewellery, sculpture, felting, harakeke flax fibre art, photography and woodturning. Described by one tourist as “the best art gallery in a small town”, PihangaGallery is popular amongst locals and visitors alike and artwork from the gallery can be found in homes all around the world.
Open Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 9am – 3pm, Sun 11am – 2pm
Phone: 027 270 7449