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Whanganui art galleries attractions & where to go shopping

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Sarjeant Gallery and NZ Glassworks

Discover one of NZ’s cultural hot spots, whanganui with the Sarjeant Gallery, NZ Glasswork as highlights among studios and galleries. Discover a fine arts treasure trove in a quiet rural town, graphic design, photography and visually amazing glass blowing.


Grab a coffee and saunter through the whanganui visitor centre absorbing the stunning art objects on display on the upper floor from the Sarjeant Gallery and NZ Glassworks studio.

Are you on the hunt for original unique art objects or jewellery crafted from found objects or NZ pounamu then whanganui is the place to be. The galleries specialise in objects d’art and glass with jewellery glinting in the corners tempting visitors to purchase a piece lovingly crafted by locals. Enjoy exploring galleries and studios as you stroll past street murals and outdoor installations on the Whanganui River walkway.


Fine Arts Whanganui Gallery is operated by a group of dedicated practising artists. Its mission is to provide an experience for art lovers, which is not just a visual feast, but also an opportunity to purchase fine art of exceptional quality.

The Gallery’s artist members include painters, photographers, printmakers, ceramic artists and sculptors.  Their work ranges from the finest realist painting and impressionism, to abstract paintings and sculptural work of outstanding finesse.  Printmakers produce woodcuts and etchings,  A jeweller and a book illustrator provide beautiful gift possibilities.  The painters work in oils, watercolours and acrylics, with wood and hard-stone sculpture sharing space in a modern, clean, airy gallery that displays their work in its rare elegant beauty.

There are over twenty artist studios in whanganui and outlying districts with the ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS & FESTIVAL OF GLASS a drawcard for art buffs.

  • Demonstrations
  • Workshops
  • Open studios
@Fine Arts Whanganui
@Fine Arts Whanganui


Homeware, object d’art, exquisitely crafted glass ornaments in a light filled shop makes this a destination worth the journey to Whanganui. The only problem is how to carry shop a desired chandelier that’s now on your must-own list.

Whanganui River Market Saturday market is a good place to visit for emerging artists and jewellery makers. Find out more about what to do and see in Whanganui and the Whanganui River and plan several days in one of New Zealand leading cultural hotspots.

@Whanganui River Markets
@Whanganui River Markets


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