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fortunatefew
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand510 contributions
Apr 2021
The museum is very clean and the lady at reception was very helpful. It’s not a big museum, we thought that there wasn’t a lot to see.
Written 7 April 2021
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Irakli Q
Tbilisi, Georgia31 contributions
Aug 2020
very interesting place. not a lot to see, but if you are interested in local history and life style u can enjoy. amazing huge boat inside and some stuff what Maori people were used for cooking, fighting and more... + good art gallery.
Written 11 August 2020
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Kay004
New Zealand214 contributions
Jul 2020
I very pleasant local museum with emphasis on local topics as to be expected. For obvious reasons, an emphasis on the volcanic and geological history of the area and an really interesting display. I particularly found the Maori legend of Ruamoku and the creation of the Taupo volcanic zone interesting to read, I wasn't familiar with it before. There was also a display about the history of trout and fishing in the area and an fantastic example of a well preserved very almost intact waka. In the attached art gallery was a photographic exhibition I personally found interesting. They are also very proud of their recent return of a full Moa skeleton that's been away for repairs.

It's $5 to get in for non-local, a perfectly reasonable entry fee, and allow yourself about an hour.
Written 29 July 2020
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Donald C
Braemar, UK42 contributions
Mar 2020
A quirky little museum with excellent exhibits giving a really good insight into the history of Taupo. I use the word quirky as one of the exhibits is a 1960’s vintage 2 berth caravan kitted out with period fixtures and fittings.
The traditional Maori meeting house with wonderful carvings is the main exhibit and first thing you see on entering the building and the award winning Chelsea Flower Show garden exhibit from, I think, 2004 was an unexpected surprise.
The lady on reception was charming and helpful
Written 12 March 2020
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Janet M
Denver, CO118 contributions
Feb 2020
This museum has excellent authentic Maori carvings and a huge old Maori canoe. The educational movie was well done and we enjoyed going into the authentic but new meeting house. The gardens were lovely, and there were some very interesting articles in the gift shop. (We purchased a beautiful CD of the sounds of NZ birds.) The museum staff was very helpful. At the time we were there, the art gallery showed contemporary art by two women artists. The museum was $5. for my partner and $3. for me, a senior.
Written 8 March 2020
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AlexandBeth
Lymm, UK217 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Wonderful welcome and detailed instructions helped to make this a very interesting hour or two. Unfirtunately the art section was closed but I really enjoyed the description of the wood I mill well, laid out!
Written 17 February 2020
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Lyn A
Bozeman, MT262 contributions
Jan 2020
Small quaint little museum what a good deal of history, which we recommend as a starting point when visiting Taupo.
Written 11 February 2020
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Wanderlust_Scot
Dundee, UK98 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We stumbled across the museum by chance - lucky for us as we found it fascinating. Yes it is small but a lot is packed into that small space. The Māori Art Exhibition was really interesting coming as it did with videos to give additional context and context to the works. The wharenui is really beautiful and again really interesting as to how local people have been involved in its construction and dedication. The exhibits about the early European settlers and old films were lovely to see - evocative of the past. The garden that won the Chelsea Flower Show was peaceful and extremely well done. But best of all for me was the room that displayed the old Māori artefacts donated or loaned by local people - that really was fascinating as so far on our trip in NZ we have rarely seen old pieces of Māori carvings. Really enjoyed this museum. Would thoroughly recommend. Very far sighted of members of the community who got this going.
Written 7 February 2020
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Michelle*A
Waikato Region, New Zealand7 contributions
Jul 2019
the children get to do a quiz and are excited after the hunt which makes for a longer visit to see what it was like back in the times of ancestors and visitors before our time. free for locals and a small fee for visitors.
Written 22 November 2019
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Inspiration456650
Russell, New Zealand139 contributions
Oct 2018
This is a beautiful small museum to visit when you are in the area. It doesn't take long to get around the exhibits but there is a lot about the history of the area and has the Chelsea Flower Show winning exhibit on display.
Written 24 September 2019
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