By the time International visitors can visit New Zealand next year there should be a premium new art and cultural experience- scheduled to open at Christmas 2021. Located on the water in central Whangārei (roughly 2 hours north of Auckland) the Hundertwasser Art Centre and Wairau Māori Art Gallery will appeal to art lovers and nature enthusiasts.
Per a recent release by Northland tourism, the art precinct will feature
- An iconic building which, in itself, will be a work of art, and unlike anything else in the Southern Hemisphere. There are 56 people currently employed on the project, including expert artisans working on custom-made tiling!
- Artworks from Hundertwasser – an internationally renowned artist, who moved to NZ, became a Kiwi and lived in a remote part of Northland.
- New Zealand’s first dedicated permanent gallery of contemporary art at the Wairau Māori Art Gallery.
- A celebration of indigenous biodiversity, with an afforested rooftop featuring 200 plants, including the rarest plant in the world.
- An environmentally aware project, with 30,000 chipped bricks and 3kms of recycled timber.
- An event centre and theatre offering learning programmes and discovery activities.
- A new restaurant offering.
- A bespoke museum store featuring quality products from Europe and New Zealand, including Māori craft and design.
This museum will be a perfect stop for those making the day trip between Auckland and the Northland.