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

City Gallery, Wellington

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. 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.

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 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 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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