Art galleries are the window to New Zealand’s soul. They reflect something of where we’ve been and where we’re going and there are hundreds to explore.
In major public art galleries - found in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin - you can browse historic collections that take you back to the 1800s, when the country was undergoing its most significant transformation. Modern works are also featured - keep an eye out for works by Hotere and McCahon, two our most acclaimed contemporary artists. Public galleries focus on regional artists, but they also have impressive national and international collections.
Dealer galleries can be found throughout the country, and they represent a chance to take home an enduring reminder of your New Zealand holiday. Most galleries are more than happy to arrange safe shipping for your treasure. You should also look for road signs advertising artists’ studios - you’ll get to meet the artist and you might have the chance to watch art in the making.