"If a visitor to Aotearoa could see only one garden to gain a sense of our bush and our cultural history the 100% Pure New Zealand Ora - Garden of Wellbeing in Taupo is the one I'd recommend."
Maggie Barry, NZ Gardening personality, AA Magazine 101 Must Do Weekends, October 2008.
This is the '100% Pure New Zealand Ora - Garden of Wellbeing' winner in 2004 of a coveted Chelsea Flower Show gold medal. A remarkable New Zealand garden, Ora was officially opened at Taupo Museum during the spring of 2007 to allow this extraordinary garden to be seen in its homeland. Its native flora and steamy geothermal areas are typical of what can be found naturally in the central North Island.
Taupo Museum was delighted to be accorded Garden of National Significance status in 2008, and again in 2011. Our challenge is to keep the Garden of Wellbeing true to the original spirit of creation and design as it grows and develops over time - a fascinating process.
The Ora Garden celebrated a decade at Taupo Museum in March 2017.