Art finds in the capital

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Wellington is a melting pot for artists. Here are some top spots around the town to see and buy art.

Museum of Te Papa New Zealand Tongarewa

Listed among Lonely Planet’s top 500 things to see in the world, Te Papa is New Zealand’s bold and innovative national museum. It is a treasure trove of New Zealand stories and a must-visit. Te papa’s store features products from some of the best creative talent in New Zealand. For the kids there is a separate store on the second floor of the museum.

Academy Galleries

The showcase of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, Academy Galleries has a fascinating history and a year-round programme of exhibiting works by local and international artists. Most works are on sale at a low commission rate.

Galleries galore

A hub of creativity, it is no surprise that Wellington is dotted with more than 50 galleries, each unique and a “must-visit” in its own right. Among some of the popular ones that are highly recommended by the locals are: Kura Gallery (showcasing an extensive range of original and quality Maori works of art and design), Gallery One (dedicated to the sale of New Zealand artworks), AVID Gallery Ltd and Peter McLeavey Gallery.

Worth putting on the list

These galleries may not sell artworks, but are an absolute delight if you appreciate art and creativity.

  • City Gallery in the heart of Wellington focuses on contemporary art from around the world, with dedicated galleries to local, Maori and Pacific artists.
  • New Zealand Portrait Gallery is a visual archive of faces, some celebrated, others seldom seen. These faces have helped define our nation.
  • Museum Art Hotel. It is not often that a hotel figures on your list for its art, but this is different. Museum Art Hotel permanently displays numerous works by local artists to entertain and inspire guests.
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