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Bay of Plenty art & heritage trail road trip


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Sunset boats in Tauranga Bridge Marina, Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty Sunset boats in Tauranga Bridge Marina, Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

Tauranga offers visitors a potpourri of activities from a rich tapestry of street art, a well regarded art gallery, community art centres to pop into and a chance to visit one of Aotearoa’s premier Maori Meeting House with its exquisite carvings and stories.

Begin the day exploring the Tauranga Art Gallery. The gallery is a veteran public exhibit space and focuses on the region, new, emerging and established artists. There is a great gift shop as part of the exhibition space.


The Incubator – TAURANGA

A must go destination to view up and coming contemporary artists and multimedia artists. The Incubator gallery presents a vibrant exhibition programme profiling emerging and established artists that are both nationally and locally recognised.

The individual cubicles of The Incubator Studios provide professional arts practitioners with a platform for a personal space to research and create their individual works in an inclusive, supportive and connected environment.


The place to be is BAYCOURT COMMUNITY & ARTS CENTRE. The centre showcases local performing arts talent. The theatre, the shows and events entertain, inspire and invite visitors to escape into imaginative worlds.



  • Bryce Brown Art Studio modernist, contemporary influenced by Aotearoa. Open studio by appointment. Bryce Brown is a well regarded and internationally recognised artist.
  • Yana Meech art, Katikati resident. Acrylic based abstract & contemporary landscapes. Open studio by appointment.
  • Jasmine Kroeze is an artist and textile designer based in Tauranga, New Zealand, art prints, original work by the artist, Studio open by appointment
  • Ninette Kruger Metal Art – Silver and Copper Metal art for commercial and residential interior designI love collaborating with architects, interior and kitchen designers to create original metal wall art


Tauranga Historical Society

The Society established a museum in Tauranga in the 1960’s and supported the Historic Village in the 1970’s. Today the Tauranga Historical Society’s vision is the preservation, interpretation and promotion of historical and cultural heritage of the Western Bay of Plenty for the people of the region and beyond. The objectives are:

  • To foster and maintain an appreciation of places and objects of historic interest particularly in the Western Bay of Plenty
  • To encourage the study and research of local history
  • To manage, preserve and display the Brain Watkins House as a house museum open to the public
  • The Elms is a category one listed heritage building and holds nationally significant collections nestled within a pretty Victorian style garden
  • Tauranga heritage collection is searchable online Tauranga Heritage Collection
  • Creative Bay online is a resource for upcoming events and workshops Creative Bay of Plenty
The Elms, mission house in Tauranga
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