What's on at Taupō Museum
Tūhura Tuarangi - Aotearoa in Space
11 January to 11 March 2024
Explore Aotearoa’s deep connections to space, from the earliest Polynesian navigators to the space technologies and research being developed in our own backyard.
Tūhura Tuarangi - Aotearoa in Space is packed with hands-on interactive activities to play, build, launch, and explode with your whole whānau. You can build a satellite, launch a rocket, and see how to create rocket fuel from water. Get up close with four-billion-year-old meteorites, recreate the astronomical cycles of our solar system, or even hold a part of a secret Russian spacecraft.
As part of the showcase, you can also share your hopes and dreams for what Aotearoa’s future in space might look like and how you can be a part of telling our space story.
This showcase started at Tūhura Otago Museum in Ōtepoti Dunedin and is now traveling nationwide.
IRON Taupō 1999
16 February to 2 April 2024
Take a step back in time to when one of Taupō’s most iconic events began with the museum’s IRON Taupō 1999 exhibition.
Just four days before the first IRONMAN event, the Taupō Times celebrated the start of what would become one of the region’s most iconic events with a newspaper supplement. IRON Taupō 1999 takes a trip down memory lane with a nostalgic look back at this snapshot in time.
The supplement was designed to welcome competitors and their supporters, support locals taking part, inform the community of associated events and road closures, share stories of Taupō’s dedicated local volunteers, and show Taupō as a great destination determined to ensure the IRONMAN would return in years to come. And it did, with the 26th annual event being held this March.
Goldie and Ryan
Locals and visitors alike have the chance to see an exhibit steeped in New Zealand art history at Taupō Museum.
The Blind Woman of Taupō by legendary New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie is now on display in Te Aroha o Rongoheikume, the museum’s wharenui (meeting house), thanks to a loan from an anonymous benefactor.
The incredible and absorbing painting, produced in 1934, has been loaned to the Taupō Museum for five years.
It sits next to portraits of Ngāti Tūwharetoa chiefs Te Werahiko (Haukino) and Rutene Te Uamairangi Rahui of Ōpepe, painted in 1908 by notable artist and Taupō identity Thomas Ryan, in an exhibit called Goldie and Ryan.
The new display was blessed and officially opened to the public on 11 August 2022.
Read the media release: Gone to Taupō: Golden addition to museum unveiled