Community Sculptures & Public Art

​The Taupo Sculp​ture Trust was formed when a small group of enthusiasts decided the time was right to add some dynamic shape and culture to the Lake Taupo Region.

The Trust was formally created in late 2008 and is now registered as a charitable trust, working under the provisions of a formal trust deed.

Heartland Sculpture

The  Cloak of Tia

Contact Energy's Gift to the People of Taupo -
Ngatoroirangi Toa Matarau

Dawn on Saturday the 14th of November 2009, saw around 1000 people join members of the Taupo RSA at the entrance to the Taupo War Memorial to unveil Contact Energy's Gift to the People of Taupo. The 9 metre high sculpture is a Waharoa or spiritual entrance that now stands as a gateway to the Taupo War Memorial Cenotaph on Tongariro Street in Taupo.

It was designed and carved by local master carver Delani Brown, who is of Ngati Tuwharetoa/ Raukawa descent. He worked closely with Ngati Tuwharetoa Kaumatua to receive the stories, wisdom and historical knowledge that underpin the stories depicted in the carving.

The Waharoa has been sculpted from ancient Totara sourced from the Waipohutu forest of the Pouakani Lands, it features carvings that tell a symbolic and spiritual story about the arrival of geothermal energy to the Taupo region.

The site for the Waharoa outside the Great Lake Centre was selected by Ngati Tuwharetoa as it is sacred to the whole community as a place to reflect and remember those who have passed on.

View the story of the Waharoa Ngatoroirangi Toa Matarau here.

Art Events


New Zealand’s premier street art festival takes place in Taupo during the Labour Weekend and features internationally acclaimed New Zealand artists.

Artists create artworks at various locations around the Taupo town centre over the weekend. The public are encouraged to explore the town centre and see these amazing artists in action, beautifying our district with unique and modern art.

Page reviewed: 02 Oct 2017 3:57pm