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Art & Culture

New Zealand - Rotorua

For an understanding of Māori culture, the best place to visit is Rotorua. Head to Te Puia for arts & crafts, food and a cultural experience. A visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands is also highly recommended.

Art galleries

You’ll find excellent art galleries throughout the country, with exhibitions by local artists and sometimes with travelling international exhibitions.

In particular, the Auckland Art Gallery, Te Papa in Wellington, and the Christchurch Art Gallery are worthy of your time. The Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth is also good.

Smaller centres also boast excellent galleries, often attached to museums, such as the Lakes District Museum & Gallery in Arrowtown, near Queenstown.

Top quirky piece of art: the Cardrona Bra Fence near Wanaka.

Arts Centre

Enclave of interesting activities

Auckland Art Gallery

Top art just off Queen St

Auckland Museum & Domain

Huge park & iconic museum

Botanic Gardens

A blissful place to relax

Cardrona Bra Fence

Quirky Kiwi humour at its best

Christchurch Art Gallery

Stimulating exhibitions in a bold building

Haka & Hangi

Māori food & culture

Lakes District Museum & Gallery

Local history & art of the region

Len Lye Centre

"Great art goes 50-50 with great architecture"

Te Papa

NZ's national museum

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

NZ's most significant historic place


One of Rotorua's top drawcards

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Marc Veraart