Top 6 art galleries and sculpture walks on Waiheke Island

Top art galleries and sculpture walks on Waiheke island

Take a momentary break from sampling award-winning wines and dining in stunning locations to indulge in Waiheke cultural life with a visit to some of our art galleries. Waiheke is famous as a haven for artists and sculptors, and our galleries display works from some of New Zealand’s best-known artists, many of whom are island residents. Here are our top gallery picks for art lovers on Waiheke.

Waiheke Community Art Gallery

Website + 2 Korora Road

An incorporated not-for-profit, the Waiheke Community Art Gallery offers a diverse range of exhibitions and events, bringing the best New Zealand art to the island and offering the best of Waiheke to the world. Exhibitions are of a high international standard and ceramics, glass, jewellery, and other art forms are for sale in the gallery shop. Two national award exhibitions – The Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award and the Small Sculpture Prize – attracts entries from all over New Zealand.

TOI Gallery

Website + 145 Ocean View Road, Oneroa

Established in 2010, TOI Gallery features the works of internationally-acclaimed contemporary artists Sally Smith and Chris Bailey. Toi Gallery is an artist owned gallery, with all profits going to support the artists. Sally Smith creates dramatic installations inspired by soaring flocks, schools of fishes, and other natural forms, while Chris Bailey draws on his Ngati Hako, Te Aupouri, Ngati Porou and Irish heritage to create sculptures that talk of the land and her people.

[s p a c e] gallery

Website + Shop 4, 114 Ocean View Road, Oneroa

[s p a c e] is the contemporary gallery space of a Waiheke artist collective, with each artist taking their turn showcasing within the space. The rostered artist will be present in the gallery to tell you about their work, creating an intimate experience enabling you to discover deeper meaning behind your favourite pieces. The gallery also boasts a small room for visiting artists.

Alison Park Sculpture Trail

Website + Corner Oceanview Road & Mako Street, Oneroa

This council park has been transformed into a haven for exotic trees and large-scale artworks. Follow the large path to view sculptures in the fields overlooking Blackpool Valley. Works on display include previous Sculpture in the Gulf award winners and well-known artists, such as Comfort Stops by Peter Lange, A Decade of Rain by Mark Whyte, and Slit by Charlotte Fisher.

Connelly’s Bay Sculpture Park

Website + 142 Cowes Bay Road (bookings essential)

Art and nature are combined in this unique setting, where the work of celebrated New Zealand artists shine in a series of permanent and temporary displays. The garden is viewable through a guided tour, where you’ll discover unique details about art, history, and the Waiheke landscape.

Kauri Art Studio

Website + 32 Goodwin Avenue, Little Oneroa

Home of Waiheke artist John Freeman, who creates remarkable sculptures from ancient Kauri trees. As the kauri is no a protected species, John begins his process by finding large pieces of wood buried in ancient swamplands. Some of his kauri is estimated to be between 1200-32,000 years old. His studio is more than just work on display – learn about this remarkable tree and its connection with New Zealand’s history, view ancient Kauri root systems, and even take a stone sculpting class with John.

There are many more attractions for art enthusiasts on Waiheke Island. Speak with the team at Te Whau Lodge and we will help organise an art-themed escape to delight and fascinate you.

Posted by Grant Leach on November 15, 2018