Do you like your art controversial, comical or crafty? New Zealand may be as pretty as a picture, but there’s more than just landscapes to gaze upon and share your views about. Pop on a beret and check out these muse inspiring cultured crafty capers and arty adventures.
Learn about hundreds of years of Maori art in an 8-hour tour through Wellington. You’ll hear legends of sea monsters and Maori warriors as you walk along the waterfront, and then into the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Here you’ll discover multimedia displays, collections and exhibitions, such as the current provocative ‘We are not suitable for Framing’. Just a haka, skip n a jump away is the Quality Hotel Wellington, complete with bubbling spa after your day of arty adventure.
Before canvased soup cans and fluro Marilyns, there was cool and savvy 1930s Art Deco. Take a trip back in time with your double-breasted suit and bobbed hair to Napier for a tour that starts at the Art Deco shop, and takes you to local deco houses and gardens. If you get in soon, there’s even a Jazz Festival on from July 17-19 at the Blue Water Hotel, which just happens to have a games room for amusement, à la–pre-TV.
Get your beady little eyes fixated on your own creations in a private beading lesson at… wait for it… The Bead Hold in Auckland. Chock full of beads from around the world, you can choose from a range of projects such as the ‘Beaten Cuff’, ‘Loopy Necklace’ and ‘Fun Twisted Cluster’. Wear your new wares in the chic cultural centre of Auckland at the Elliott St Classic Apartments housed in the 98-year-old historic T and G Building.
The art of art is at the heart of Christchurch’s art gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, complete with two floors of exhibition space, sculpture garden and wine bar. Spend a morning amongst the 5500 items of ceramics, photography, metalwork and paintings, then go back to the Crowne Plaza to pleasure the ears with the Atrium Lounge and Bar’s popular music.