Discover Taupo Museum's treasures, browse our pleasant galleries and share the unique history, culture and stories of our community.
Maori Meeting House
Taupo's Volcanic Secrets
This display focuses on the numerous powerful volcanic eruptions which have shaped the caldera volcano now filled by Lake Taupo and the cycle of eruptions and volcanic mudflows from Mt Ruapehu's crater lake in nearby Tongariro National Park.
Become an armchair tramper and explore the famous day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in a virtual field trip.
Ruaumoko - God of Geothermal
This unique artwork was carved on site at the museum by Taupo artist Delani Brown in 2010. 'Ruaumoko, the god of geothermal, volcanoes and earthquakes', is depicted in this 2.3 metre high carving.
The natural root structure gives this atua (god) a fantastic appearance in keeping with Ruaumoko's power and mana. He was carved from the lower trunk section of an ancient kauri tree from the far north of New Zealand. The timber was recovered from a peat swamp from where it had lain buried for thousands of years.
This wonderful carving was purchased for the Taupo Museum in August 2010 jointly by MB Century and the Taupo District Council. Since 1949, MB Century has taken the leading role in the field of geothermal investigation drilling and development in the central North Island.
It is therefore entirely appropriate that MB Century embraced the development of the artwork and donated Ruaumoko the geothermal god in a display celebrating this area's fascinating geothermal features and also the use of geothermal energy.
Other interesting, educational and fun displays include: Anglers Paradise, Men of the AC, Taupo's Volcanic secrets, SS Tongariro, Lake Ferry, The Busy Corner Store and Timber Tales of Old.