A day out: Headland Sculpture on the Gulf on Waiheke Island

The Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition is held every 2 years on beautiful Waiheke Island near Auckland.

The Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition is held every 2 years on beautiful Waiheke Island.

It’s a quick 35 minute jaunt on the ferry from downtown Auckland to Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island. Outside the terminal (across the car park and next to exhibition pavilion) are shuttle buses which, for $5, will take you up the hill to the start of the walk, saving you a long hot walk. The walk itself is free but there are opportunities en route to make a donation that will help keep the exhibition running. The walk is 2.5km along the beautiful Waiheke coast and you’ll end up back at the marquee and ferry terminal. It’s mostly flat with a few uphill sections with steps so is not really suitable for buggies but if you have a backpack for the little kids, you’re sorted. There is so much to look at and interact with that bigger kids are bound to complete the walk with little complaint. You’ll need snacks, drinks, sun hats and sunscreen and walking shoes.

The walk was initiated in 2003 by the Waiheke Community Art Gallery with the aim to inspire and challenge New Zealand established and emerging artists and to provide an art experience for visitors to the island outside the usual gallery spaces. 10 years later, the exhibition is a permanent fixture on the summer arts calendar and has expanded to includes a large pavilion on the beach front at Matiatia Bay. You can enjoy art, music, wine and food here before or after (or both!) your walk. We got delicious local ice creams from Ice-queen Gelatos after our walk.

Some of the sculptures are to be admired without touching but lots were interactive and our group, comprising of a 3, 4 and 5 year old, enjoyed touching and exploring the different mediums and spaces.

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