Kawakawa to Whangarei to Ngungunui to Helena Bay to Kerikeri to Peria to Mangonui to Houhora to Kohukohu to W Gorge Rd, Nelson’s Kauri Museum.
Following from the creative hub of Whangarei the warm sub-tropical climate, the geography and spirit of Northland is emcapuscated in the depth of artistic talent in the region. For art lovers, collectors of art, Northland is a must visit destination. The length of time and how long to linger is driven by your passion and what you find on the road. There could be an artistic gem that is not included. Comments are welcome together with a brief description to assist with identifying the artist.
Workshops are a great motivation to get out and about. A holiday with a purpose, a connection with people who inspire and challenge you to explore your creative energy. Forward bookings are essential for workshops as well artists request that you do not simply turn up on the doorstep. Appointments are requested.
Kings Theatre Creative is a creative-community space in Bay of Islands, Kawakawa. They have revived the1930’s classic Theatre with a collective vision to showcase, not just of the Bay of Islands, but for Tai Tokerau art, environment and culture. Perhaps one of the best exhibition spaces for emerging and established Maori and indigenous artists to showcase their interpretation of New Zealand and beyond.
Open daily (Sept-June) 10am-4pm
Welcome to the home of the Northland Society of Arts. The society owns and operates out of Reyburn House, a category two historic listing and the oldest pioneer settlers house in Whangarei. Nearby is Riverside Art Studio, where various art classes are held. This Charity based society aims to promote visual art in Northland through exhibitions and training. Pop into Reyburn House when you are next at the scenic Town Basin in Whangarei to see what exciting exhibition is on display, fall in love with some art.
Exhibitions at Reyburn House change monthly so check back often!
8 Quayside, Town Basin, Whangarei – Studio inside Burning Issues Gallery
Keith Grinter’s key focus is on glass blowing but he is also an established painter, sculptor and art tutor. In his studio within Burning Issues Gallery if you are lucky you will find Keith working on his work several times a week refining his Shard pick-up technique. His work can be found in numerous galleries in Northland and around the country including at Te Papa. Keith won the Creative Northland Award in 2015.
Susan Dinkelacker wood carver and sculptor
Susan creations are 3D sculptures. Specilising in birds, magical creatures and people the shaped wood are very tactile inviting the viewer to engage with the creation. Susan comes from a family of woodworkers, including her husband who runs Dinkelacker Woodworking. Many of Susan’s works are on display at Gallery Helena Bay.
Susan constantly challenges herself technically, striving to reveal the intriguing inner character of whatever creature she chooses to sculpt.
Open by appointment only
WORKSHOP: Te Kowhai Print Trust
A brilliant creative space for printmaking in this community owned studio. Exciting workshops in fine art printmaking as well as keeping a nationally significant historical archive of fine art prints. They are equipped to teach Stone Lithography, creenprinting, Solar Etching, Dry Point, Collograph, Monoprinting, Woodcut/Linocut and Letterpress. They are one of the few studios who are equipped to teach the range of fine art printmaking techniques that they do. The Trust likes to work with a number of community organisations and teach printing classes to any age and experience level.
Handcrafted Paper Accessories created by artists with disabilities. Crafted goods from natural and recycled materials. The Papermill nurtures intellectually challenged and disabled persons in the art of papermaking. Artists create a wide range of paper products including cards, wedding invitations, stationery sets and various pieces of art. All their paper is made from recycled paper and natural fibres. The Papermakers also train visitors in the art of papermaking. There is a gift shop.
WORKSHOP: Art gallery Ngunguru Pottery is worth a stop with their interpretations of native leaf shapes and objects from the local landscape. The pottery runs workshops for pottery fans using hand-building techniques, teaching glazing and firing in weekend workshops. A great reason to linger in Ngunguru. A glorious place to buy a present for yourself. You always needed another vase or pottery decorative piece for the house anyway.
Anneke Muijlwijk: annekem is a visual artist represents her vision in drawings, paintings, watercolours and prints. The studio has K n i g h t s I n R e s i d e n c e providing quality accommodation and a nurturing environment in a beautiful, private setting surrounded by lush native bush. With breath-taking panoramic ocean views towards the famous Poor Knights Islands and beach access, guests are able to rest, restore & play.
LOCATION: HELENA BAY
Helena Bay is the home Helena Bay Gallery and Artworks. The Gallery has a wide-ranging collection of art by established and emerging New Zealand artists, many of which are Northland based – this includes contemporary Maori and Pacific artists. There is an outstanding selection of paintings, wood art, handmade furniture, sculpture, jewellery, glass and ceramics. This is a must do stop for art collectors, gallery browsing as well as the spectacular views from the cafe.
The extensive garden is packed with outdoor sculpture installations making it a fun place to wander through.
Gallery hours: every day, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Cafe hours: every day from 10.00am – closing depending on visitor numbers
WORKSHOP: Art at Wharepuke IS MUST VISIT DESTINATION
A garden of national significance is the home to a studio and workshop nestled in the 2 hectare subtropical garden. Printmaking gallery is complemented with a sculpture trail supporting both international and local artists. Proposals and submissions of works can be made at any time and works are changed on a rolling basis.
The gallery was opened in 2009 and has been exhibiting both New Zealand and international printmakers ever since. The couple also run the Wharepuke Print Studio which offer printmaking courses and workshops in non-toxic acrylic resist etching techniques using copper and aluminium. There is an artist residency and studio apartments available to the public. The package is topped off with an onsite restaurant. Wharepuke (House on the Hill) has been in the Booth family since 1938. The Wharepuke Subtropical Garden was established by Robin Booth in 1993. Owners Mark Graver and Tania Booth have built on Robin’s legacy with an outstanding contribution to the New Zealand art trail.
Deb Shepherd specialises in jewellery and upcycled vintage homeware. Funky, quirky and very collectable pieces for vintage and art lovers to browse through her collection www.facebook.com/loveitdesignz. 1538 State Highway 10, Kerikeri, New Zealand – by appointment. Deb describes the process as Creative ‘randomness’.
Visit us: Fern Flat Pottery is well signposted from Taipa in Doubtless Bay. Follow the signs inland and enjoy a picturesque drive through the Oruru Valley and alongside the Fern Flat River… approx. 20km. The pottery is always open.
Exhibit A Gallery Mangonui is a collective of Northland artists who contribute to the maintenance of the historic Mangonui Courthouse which is the home for the gallery.
The gallery holds a unique collection of original paintings on canvas and paper, prints, sculptures and unique handmade jewellery, furniture and fine crafts in wood, metal, glass, leather and mixed media. Exhibit A’s collective of local artists include fine art and sculpture painted Woodworks by Andy Morrison, unique furniture by Darren Hunter, original mixed-media paintings by Karen Vernon and Cathie Slavin. Leather journals, belts and guitar straps by Jo Busby. Mike Stanners silversmith and wooden box maker, paintings by Lynda Newth and glass art, beads and jewellery by Kat Cowan as well as other Northland artists original artworks,sculptures, prints, handmade knives and photography.
Open daily 10am-4.30pm (July-August) winter, check opening hours before arrival.
Colin Unkovich Fine Art Airbrushed Original Paintings is evocative in his interpretation of people and the local landscape. The very fine detail and superb colour transition has made his works sought after. Award winning New Zealand Artist Colin Unkovich Specialises in original airbrushed artwork inspired by the landscape, coast and people of New Zealand.
Open by appointment only.
Kohukohu is a historic settlement on the Hokianga harbour now home to a creative community of artists and craftspeople. The town buildings are bright, cheerful and festooned with window flower boxes, gardens full of oaks, willows and laden lemon trees. There are three galleries Galleries – Kohukohu.com for opening hours you will need to check several days before your intended arrival. In the peak season the galleries are usually open between 10.00am to 3.00pm otherwise by appointment. The abandoned wharf piles, the World War II memorial are atmospheric photo moments.
Village Arts is Hokianga’s community art gallery. Scheduled solo and group exhibitions plus a showcase space highlight the area’s established and emerging artists.
The spacious white-walled gallery showcases contemporary painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, furniture, object, jewellery, ceramics, and traditional and contemporary Māori arts. Village Arts is a non-profit charitable organisation that operates under the umbrella of the Kohukohu Community Trust and aims to support the development of a robust and vibrant arts community in Kohukohu and Hokianga.
Open during the summer months otherwise contact beforehand for an appointment.
Awood carver is represented by Allan Gale – Kura Gallery: Maori and New Zealand Art + Design (Auckland). A wood and bone carver with current themes based on the sculptural forms of two Northland coastlines.
Open. Visitors are welcome to visit the studio in the Waiotemarama Gorge, Hokianga but please call first to make arrangements. Inspiring wood and bone sculptures and pieces.
The Kauri Museum Store Matakoke Kauri Museum is a great way to view a number of art and craft pieces largely specialising in swamp or recycled kauri materials. A fascinating narrative enriches the kauri story. There areover 30 contributing artists from the Kaipara District
Open daily 10am-4pm.
Kauri Warehouse, Nelson’s Kauri Museum and Gallery is part of the tourist circuit yet do not let that put you off popping in. There is an extensive range of kauri homeware, giftware and furniture as well as videos explaining the current harvesting practices for swamp kauri. In the grounds are enormous swamp kauri logs which is a breathtaking glimpse into the statute and majesty of those felled giants of the Northland.
The journey is worth the detour.