Auckland Art Gallery
Auckland’s public gallery reopened in 2011 after a multi-year, multi-million dollar refurbishment. The gallery houses New Zealand’s largest and most inspiring art experience with a collection of over 16,000 works from classics to contemporary pieces. Open every day, except Christmas Day, from 10am until 5pm. Admission is free for NZ residents and $20 for international visitors (discounted for students), donations are welcome.
The Sculptureum in Matakana
Art meets garden at this unique spot in Matakana. Quirky sculptures with inspiring quotes sit amongst a beautifully landscaped garden. There is also an art gallery showcasing everything from glass, lithography, beads and photography, with many world-renowned artists represented. www.sculptureum.nz
Sitting proudly atop of Auckland Domain, this neo-classical landmark has an extensive and vibrant collection, featuring Māori culture, social and military history exhibits, and natural science. Children will love the ‘Weird and Wonderful’ Stevenson Discovery Centre, a hands-on space for discovering the natural world. Encounter some of the world’s finest Māori and Pacific taonga (treasures) and immerse yourself in stories that you won’t hear anywhere else. Make a day of it with a picnic in their beautiful gardens, followed by browsing the gift shop and coffee at the museum cafe.
Auckland has a lively theatre scene, with most shows staged in a number of venues in close vicinity to Aotea Square. Check out what’s on and buy tickets for the big shows at box offices located in the Civic Theatre and Aotea Centre. The Auckland Theatre Company is the city’s largest professional theatre company. Their season runs from February through November, with most productions performed at the Q Theatre on Queen Street or at the Maidment Theatre, on the Auckland University campus. The 700 seat SKYCITY Theatre plays host to a variety of acts throughout the year, from dance to comedy.
Music lovers are well catered for in Auckland. Big international acts play at the Vector Arena on the eastern waterfront. Local stalwart The Powerstation on Mount Eden Road hosts top local and smaller international acts. Many bars have live music, with most venues offering free admission.
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