New Zealand is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes and perfect backdrops. So, it is no surprise that New Zealand is home to a vast array of some of the finest art galleries in the world. As you plan your campervan hire in New Zealand, consider some of these art galleries and museums near you.
Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland is home to the oldest museum, which teams with a variety of stunning and creative displays. The Auckland Art Museum is visual mecca and houses more than 15,000 pieces of historic and modern New Zealand art. Some of the must-see items include stunning paintings and sculptures dating back to the eleventh century.
City Gallery Wellington
The City Gallery of Wellington is found right at the centre of Wellington’s Civic Square. It is New Zealand’s first non-collecting public gallery. The City Gallery is known for showing unique, stimulating works of art. There are architectural and traditional displays hailing from New Zealand and throughout the world. All aspects of this gallery provide eclectic delights to the senses.
Christchurch Art Gallery
The Christchurch Art Gallery unfortunately had to close down for several years due to earthquakes. In 2015, it reopened its doors, and now has the South Island’s largest collection of native artwork, featuring both classic and contemporary exhibitions. Here, you can take in the wonders of New Zealand at Christchurch Art Gallery.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
The Dunedin Public Art Galley offers guests a multi-cultural experience. Features include the finest of New Zealand and Japanese prints, to European classics such as Rembrandt and Monet. The contrasting displays offer a wide range of artistic periods. Even its airily designed interior artistically weaves the works together into a premium visual experience.
Classic Motorcycle Mecca
The Classic Motorcycle Mecca is a great representative of New Zealand’s diverse, energetic nature. The art galleries are also eclectic in nature. While we have discussed some of the established, classical art galleries of the region, we must also note that there are many “out-of-the-box” visual experiences. One of the best is the Classic Motorcycle Mecca, located in Invercargill, Southland. It is known as the Southern Hemisphere’s leading motorcycle museum.The museum offers a diverse collection of European, Japanese, American and British bikes, as well as those of the Speedway and Motocross. Guests can experience interactive, hands-on displays with many unique features. This museum is truly engaging and a must-see.
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
In order to gain a true understanding of the national pride of New Zealand, include a stop at the nation’s Air Force Museum. Its mission is to preserve and commemorate the history of the country’s military aviation. Standing on the site of the former air base in Christchurch, it houses a vast collection of classic planes and military pieces. You will see World War I and II planes in all of their glory, as well as those representing post-war and modern day aviation. Appreciate the patriotism of this brave country with an unforgettable visit to the National Air Force Museum.
Visit some of New Zealand’s awe-inspiring art galleries on your journey. Each museum is home to outstanding collections, highlighting both local and international treasures. You will never forget your exposure to these precious gems. Come away inspired by the unforgettable natural and artistic beauty that is New Zealand.