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Reyburn House & Gallery – Whangarei Town Basin Places to Visit

North Island

A wonderful collection of emerging and established Northland artists is found in Reyburn House. Explore the pretty Vistorian colonial Reyburn house in the Whangarei town basin, now the home of the Northland Society of Arts. Browse the well-stocked gallery shop a definite mustdo destination for art and craft lovers.

Reyburn House @ReyburnHouseArtGallery
Reyburn House @ReyburnHouseArtGallery

Reyburn House is constructed from lapped Kauri weatherboards and internal walls framed using rough pit sawn Kauri scrim board. The classic tongue and groove Kauri floors, with their honey glow, have the patea of age. The original house had four bedrooms with additions being made in 1894 to extend the house. The veranda was added in the late 1890’s. Originally the verandah was painted in red and white stripes as per the fashion of the day.


The sculpture on the front lawn represents Lotte, James Reyburn’s youngest daughter, the first born in Reyburn (1874). The artist, Kpa Pothan, is chiseled from laminated sandstone sourced from Paradise Quarry in Portland. The commission was completed in 1990 and weighs three tonnes, plus another three tones for the base on which she sits.

Today Reyburn House Art Gallery has a monthly rotation of new exhibits. The Gallery has six exhibition areas. Four large rooms and two smaller areas. The permanent collection consists of 250+ works of well-known Northland or Northland-connected artists from Kitty Arini-Vane to Lois White, Yvonne Rust, Len Satherly, Thomas Drummond and others. The Northland Society of Arts maintains artist studios on the property, and conducts workshops. time. There is a fabulous gift marketing one of a kind art piece curated especially for the shop. For more information about the gallery click here for the Permanent Collection.

Whangarei Reyburn House & Art Gallery front view, Northland NZ
Whangarei Reyburn House & Art Gallery front view
@Northland Society of Arts
@Northland Society of Arts

Northland Society of Arts | Reyburn House Art Gallery, Whangarei


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 frequently.


What to find out more about Whangarei ‘love it here’ 10 magical places, check out Whangarei travel guide and get planning your next holiday.


Reyburn House & Gallery is located on the Hatea Walkway within five minutes stroll from the Hundertwasser Art Centre.



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