New Zealand is known throughout the world for various reasons, the main reason being that it is seen as clean and green – environmentally friendly. However, there are other great reasons to visit New Zealand, namely, to look at the creative abilities of New Zealand artists.
Art has become a favourite past time for many New Zealanders, some of which have given up full-time jobs to become full-time artists.
Although Wellington is known as the arts capital of New Zealand, there are many smaller places known for their art and wine:
Auckland and Northland for Wine and Art Lovers
About half an hour north of Auckland is Orewa beach art centre, which is located opposite the beautiful sandy beach just over the bridge to the estuary. The art centre displays many local artists’ works and all are for sale, they also have information on art classes and local events.
Located about an hour’s drive from Orewa, Matakana is known for its large beautiful wineries and the Morris & James pottery and art. Morris & James are well known throughout Auckland and Northland, many a house is adorned with one, or many, brightly coloured pot, plate or plaque.
Although Auckland is not known as specifically for its art, or wine, as Wellington is, there are many art groups and exhibitions that display and sell their work. The New Zealand Fellowship of Artists has many working members; their art is displayed at affordable prices, in a show room in Poronui Street, Mount Eden and at other events throughout the year. They also have guest artist demonstration once a month and workshops during the year by professional artists for those who wish to enhance or bring out their inner creativity.
Waiheke Island is known for its wineries, beaches and art; Waiheke is a boat trip across the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland’s beautiful harbour, passing Rangitoto Island on the way and has many wineries sitting atop the lovely beaches across the island. Oneroa beach has a lovely village atmosphere with various artists exhibiting their work. Although, best visited in summer time, Waiheke is beautiful all year around and can be visited for a day trip or overnight.
New Zealand’s Scenic South Island
Christchurch, in New Zealand’s South Island is also an arts capital with the old arts centre being the main hub for arts and crafts for many years. However, since the big earthquake in September 2010, the Arts Centre has closed and well known artists, such as Rhonda Campbell have had to move out and re-establish elsewhere.
Other cities around New Zealand are known more for their quirky art, such as the Paua house in Invercargill and the toilets at Kawakawa bay. But all in all, New Zealand has a lot to offer when it comes not only to affordable but beautiful, world class art.