Wellington is a melting pot for artists. Here are some top spots around the town to see and buy art.
Listed among Lonely Planet’s top 500 things to see in the world, Te Papa(opens in new window) is New Zealand’s bold and innovative national museum. This treasure trove of New Zealand stories boasts an excellent gift store, with locally-made products from some of the country’s top creative talent. Shop the exquisite range of greenstone jewellery, art books, Kiwiana homewares and more.
The showcase of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts(opens in new window), 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.
A hub of creativity, it is no surprise that Wellington is dotted with more than 55 galleries, each unique and a “must-visit” in its own right. Local favourites include the likes of Kura Gallery, which specialises in contemporary Māori art and design, AVID Gallery Ltd(opens in new window) and Peter McLeavey Gallery(opens in new window).
These galleries may not sell artworks, but are an absolute delight if you appreciate art and creativity.